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  • Bevan C
    Cardiff, United Kingdom4 contributions
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    Cadair Idris in summer squalls
    We were a bit restricted on when we could get a free weekend, so ended up climbing Cadair Idris during a yellow wind warning. As it turned out there were a few sunny patches between the showers so I did manage to get a couple of nice pics for the album. We went up the Eastern route, which involved a bit of scree scrambling. They are in the process of rebuilding the path, but this was far from finished and most of the route involved walking up what had turned into a mountain stream. At the top of Mynyfd Moel visibility was down to a few metres so we had to use the GPS to stay on the path across to the summit, which was quite rocky and not especially easy to manage in high winds. It didn't help that my boots fell apart at this point too. I'd recommend testing your boots before doing this hike, as mine had been in the garage over the recent hot spell which had affected the glue. We came down via the Minffordd path and there were nice views of the lake through the clouds. I managed the descent with soles held on only by bootlaces, so it isn't especially difficult. The benefit of doing this hike in the rain was we didn't see anyone else until we got down to the lake. I wouldn't take my kids up there, but for adults that enjoy a challenge I'd recommend going when the weather is bad, just make sure you're prepared and have tested your kit recently.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Will Smith
    Attleborough, United Kingdom6 contributions
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    On Idris's seat
    I've always wanted to hike up Cader Idris and now I have, accompanied as I was by two cousins. While it was bright and sunny day in Dolgellau, the summit was shrouded in cloud. It would have been good to see the views, but, despite the weather, it was an enjoyable day
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 6, 2023
  • iamface
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom1,727 contributions
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    Stunning view
    Did the trekking of Cadair Idris,Mynydd Moel, Craig Lwyd and Talyllyn Circular. Anti clockwise would be more easy as loose rock all around that rush downhill would be more hard & easy sprained the ankle/broke legs(i saw 2 people hurt the legs and helicopter when i came back camp site). The view of lake and Cadair Idris Summit so stunning. So far managable and more easiler than tryfan & crib goch.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written May 5, 2024
  • Norwich Social Adventure
    Norwich, United Kingdom145 contributions
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    Stunning walk, demanding on the legs
    A longish walk best to start early, starts from a trust car park £6 all day so not too bad, toilets in the car park. Walk along a driveway type road well signposted, then off to the right into the woods, steps all the way up through the woods which includes a waterfall. As you come out of the woods follow the clear path. The path splits up one going to the left the other to the right, follow the left path, which takes you up and around to the lake. From the lake you can clearly see the path leading up to the Cadair Idris. The path all the way around the top is fairly easy to follow in good visibility and in my view should only be done in these conditions. Also be aware of wind conditions, it can get very windy at the top if too strong can become dangerous. Only one bit that needs a bit of care around 3/4 of the way around you come across a rocky section, just keep to the middle and stay away from the edges. After that the path starts to descend downhill over a grassy plateau, look to the left you have great views including the sea, to the right is the Cadair Idris lake. Two choices on the grassy plateau keep high across it until you come to a fence & stile or drop down to the lower older path which is clearly marked and comes to the same fence lower down and another stile to climb over. If you go for the higher stile go over it turn right and follow the fence down. Soon becomes rock steps on a clear to follow path. Rock steps all the way down now which can take it out on your legs so trekking poles can help. You then come to where the path split on the way up. Go left back to the woods. Really lovely walk but don’t underestimate the physical nature of this walk the stone step descent can have its toll on your leg’s & knees. My advice is only do this trek on a good clear day, if strong winds or low cloud avoid, enjoy and stay safe
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written May 24, 2024
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Bevan C
Cardiff, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We were a bit restricted on when we could get a free weekend, so ended up climbing Cadair Idris during a yellow wind warning. As it turned out there were a few sunny patches between the showers so I did manage to get a couple of nice pics for the album. We went up the Eastern route, which involved a bit of scree scrambling. They are in the process of rebuilding the path, but this was far from finished and most of the route involved walking up what had turned into a mountain stream. At the top of Mynyfd Moel visibility was down to a few metres so we had to use the GPS to stay on the path across to the summit, which was quite rocky and not especially easy to manage in high winds. It didn't help that my boots fell apart at this point too. I'd recommend testing your boots before doing this hike, as mine had been in the garage over the recent hot spell which had affected the glue. We came down via the Minffordd path and there were nice views of the lake through the clouds. I managed the descent with soles held on only by bootlaces, so it isn't especially difficult. The benefit of doing this hike in the rain was we didn't see anyone else until we got down to the lake. I wouldn't take my kids up there, but for adults that enjoy a challenge I'd recommend going when the weather is bad, just make sure you're prepared and have tested your kit recently.
Written July 27, 2023
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Birdfamily2015
Wrexham, UK4 contributions
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Feb 2020
Definitely a challenging walk for the reasonably fit. A beautiful climb through woods and waterfalls then past the lake and a steady ascent around the cwm. Views of Tal-y-llyn and of the Mawddach Estuary open up as you climb higher to the summit before you begin your descent along a grassy ridge and later a steep rocky path until you return to the woods and waterfalls. Quite a hike but so worth it!
Written February 12, 2020
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sarahlouisecampbell0
Liverpool, UK14 contributions
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Aug 2021 • Family
We had a fabulous walk taking the hard / strenuous path with 10 year old 14 year old, a small dog and grandparents (fit/active). It’s a steep walk for almost the entire time, but it’s much shorter than the longer circular route. Also this route takes you through lovely waterfalls and rivers with beautiful purple heathers. The lake at the top is beautiful and worth a swim if you’re brave, it’s cold! (we paddled,lots swimming). We did the false summit which is almost as high as the summit and well worth the extra climb for the view over the lake and over the other side the view over the valley. Coming down is hard on your knees so keep that in mind. It’s slippery under foot and decent walking shoes or sturdy trainers needed. It was a warm day but it’s chilly at the top. The cafe had a good selection and was a very welcome site when we got back to the car park. The whole thing took us about 4 hours, but that included stopping for an hours long picnic and paddling. Enjoy!
Written August 24, 2021
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Psy2013
Wales, UK616 contributions
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Oct 2020
Took the Minffordd path up Cadair Idris as far as the lake (about half way up). The path was steep and slippery in parts (notably at the start) and it was very boggy around the lake, but the climb should be quite doable for most novice walkers if you're careful. There were few walkers in mid-October (it was raining off and on which might have put some off) and arrival at the spectacular lake made the climb more than worthwhile, even if the photos taken on an overcast day didn't do it justice. Sensible shoes and hiking sticks are advisable (I had neither!) There was nobody else at the lake when I got there, and I could have stayed there a lot longer as the view and tranquillity were quite breath-taking.
Written November 9, 2020
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SteveDewick
Gloucester, UK93 contributions
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Jul 2021 • Family
Myself and 11 year old son did the Pony Path up Cader Idris, and it was really good but a lot tougher than I expected, even though we're both pretty fit. The weather wasn't great and it was very low visibility from around 1200ft upwards (despite a decent forecast) which was really disappointing as we were looking forward to the amazing views, and it was also extremely windy at the top. We started at the Ty Nant car park (£6) which was ideal, and used the AllTrails app for navigation, which was perfect. A map and compass is also advisable, just in case the tech fails. The terrain is really mixed and quite steep and difficult at times, especially the last climb to the top which involves a lot of scrambling. We've climbed Pen Y Fan in the past, which is a similar height but this is a lot harder. Hope for the best but make sure you are prepared for the worst - you could very easily get lost, especially in bad weather and we saw quite a lot of people in trainers, shorts and t-shirts which was a terrible idea as it was very windy, cold and wet at the summit (in July!). It took us 4.5 hours there and back and was just over 6.3 miles. Also take plenty of water, as you'll need it. I'd love to do it again one day, to hopefully see the views, but may take a different route next time.
Written August 2, 2021
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John T
Ruislip, UK193 contributions
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Sept 2020 • Couples
We walked the Minfford Path as far as Llyn Cau. We started from the National Park Dol Idris carpark It is pay and display due to covid it is credit card only. The walk is obviously uphill and is quite strenuous but the views are incredible and the air is just so clean. It took the two of us four hours to reach Llyn Cau have a rest and return to our car, we did walk slowly and were very glad we had walking poles.
Written September 20, 2020
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Norwich Social Adventure
Norwich, UK145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
A longish walk best to start early, starts from a trust car park £6 all day so not too bad, toilets in the car park. Walk along a driveway type road well signposted, then off to the right into the woods, steps all the way up through the woods which includes a waterfall. As you come out of the woods follow the clear path. The path splits up one going to the left the other to the right, follow the left path, which takes you up and around to the lake. From the lake you can clearly see the path leading up to the Cadair Idris. The path all the way around the top is fairly easy to follow in good visibility and in my view should only be done in these conditions. Also be aware of wind conditions, it can get very windy at the top if too strong can become dangerous. Only one bit that needs a bit of care around 3/4 of the way around you come across a rocky section, just keep to the middle and stay away from the edges. After that the path starts to descend downhill over a grassy plateau, look to the left you have great views including the sea, to the right is the Cadair Idris lake. Two choices on the grassy plateau keep high across it until you come to a fence & stile or drop down to the lower older path which is clearly marked and comes to the same fence lower down and another stile to climb over. If you go for the higher stile go over it turn right and follow the fence down. Soon becomes rock steps on a clear to follow path. Rock steps all the way down now which can take it out on your legs so trekking poles can help. You then come to where the path split on the way up. Go left back to the woods. Really lovely walk but don’t underestimate the physical nature of this walk the stone step descent can have its toll on your leg’s & knees. My advice is only do this trek on a good clear day, if strong winds or low cloud avoid, enjoy and stay safe
Written May 24, 2024
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MidlandsTraveller
Leicester, UK685 contributions
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Sept 2020 • Couples
Parking at the Snowdonia National Parks in Minffordd was £6 for the day. Some people finding the parking machine difficult to use- follow the instruction exactly and use contactless rather than inserting card.
Toilets are closed for refurbishment - there are some Portaloos, but in a pretty disgusting state.
Walk is steep, but magnificent. No chance of getting lost as there is a very well worn path. About a 5 hour round trip. The tarn is well worth a short diversion on the way down to soak tired feet in cool water.
Written September 22, 2020
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jenny137
Birmingham, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
We started from the Pony Path car park (make sure you take enough change for the £6 charge). A walking pole will come in handy. My sons ( 9 and 11) found it fun crossing the streams. Most of the Pony Path is easy enough apart from a section in the middle and the scrambling at the top. The summit has a small shelter to rest in. We took plenty of breaks to rest and enjoy the amazing views. Take care coming down as it can be slippy. We had a lovely but tiring day!
Written September 20, 2020
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Keith W
Weston super Mare, UK10 contributions
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Aug 2021 • Couples
We walked up and around, main aim to see the American navy doing there training on the Mach loop, boy we were not disappointed on the day, plenty of high speed jet passes and at break neck speed.
Plenty of shots taken but on my slr camera and not uploaded yet.
Well worth a look if your into planes or aviation.
Written August 26, 2021
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