Cadair Idris

Posted by Brian Sayle on 22 June 2017 | Comments

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I first went back to Cadair Idris in 2015, not including a trip when I went with the school to study glaciation. On the 2015 trip I took the Minffordd Path in a clockwise direction but didn't make the summit and turned back at Craig Cau because of failing light and visibility, safe in the knowledge it wasn't going anywhere and one day I would return, this time I got there a bit earlier in the day to do the full round trip.

Stating the trip from the National Trust car park, Dôl Idris at junction of A487 & B4405 and up through the trees, its a nice relaxing start to the walk hidden in the trees from the sun. Coming out from the trees you reach this folk in the path, left is for Craig Cau but I headed to the right.

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Crossing Nant Cadair

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Staying on the well trodden path until you reach a fence, this stile is marked SH723125, looking west Penygadair can be seen between the two side rails with Craig Cau on the left

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Heading up north along the line of the fence, there are several stiles, shortly after this one at around 700m there is a stile with SH729130 marked, if you want to bypass Mynydd Moel and head straight for Penygadair cross here, if not press on north.

Incidentally I took this about 5.30pm, someone walked past heading back down and this was the last person I seen all day!

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Wonderful circular cairn at the summit of Mynydd Moel 863 m (2,831 ft) Listed as both a Hewitt and a Nuttall, the 360° view from here is fantastic, then it was onto the summit known as Penygadair

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The shelter at the summit, Penygadair 893m (2,930 ft) with an ascent of 788m (2,585 ft)

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Looking north from the Trig point, there is a route called the Fox's Path from that direction, straight up the northern face.

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TP1839, the pillar trig point at SH 71111 13035, with a large bank of mist with the late sun behind it, the subsidiary summit of Cyfrwy can be seen, this forms part of the Pony Path, the third route on this mountain.

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Looking south towards the last peak on my round trip Craig Cau. In the distance is Graig Goch, a large cliff which stretches the length of its northwestern face

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Heading down towards Craig Cau, this is where you will get one of the most spectacular views in Snowdonia

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Looking down on Llyn Cau, mist rolling in, this must be one of the most photographed views in the Welsh mountains, everyone poses on that protruding rock!

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Mist rolling in, the wind was strong, sun getting low, the power the weather can have at times is immense.

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The first peak on my trip Mynydd Moel in the distance

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The profile of Craig Cwm Amarch

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Last shot across Llyn Cau, not much light left, I took this about 4 hours after the first shot in this blog, in total about a 6 hour round trip, stunning day!

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There should be about 45 images on Facebook from this trip, thanks.

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