7th December, 2017
If the more common approaches to Cadair Idris are a little short for you, try this bigger, better one.
Cadair Idris is more ridge than summit. Its high point, Penygadair, is little more than a bouldery bump that crowns a wonderful upland plateau, cut into on both sides by dramatic cwms. Most of the walking is concentrated around these cwms, typically horseshoeing around them and ticking the top in the process. This route is something completely different: a lengthy outing that crosses the whole ridge, taking in the wonderful outlying Gau Craig as well as Mynydd Moel, Penygadair and Cyfrwy. It's a big day out, but a good one, and you'll certainly feel you know the mountain at the end of it.
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Distance: 10.82 miles (17.42 km)
Total ascent: 1,033m
Steepest Gradient: 35% (1 in 3)
Time: 6 – 9 hours (Walking)
Picnic area and car park at Ty-nant, SH698153
Mainly clear paths over a high mountain but some untracked sections and one or two quite boggy patches. A lengthy road walk on a very quiet lane to start with.
Snow and ice will affect the higher leg in winter
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Snowdonia – Met Office: Snowdonia
No public transport beyond Dolgellau
Day Walks in Snowdonia by Tom Hutton pb Vertebrate Graphics
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