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A circular, multi-day mountain (above 600m) walk in national park Snowdonia (Wales) starting at Dolgellau, Gwynedd, about 17km (roughly 11 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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Cader Idris is one of the best walks in Wales. Its rocky ridges and steep cliffs stand out amongst the more gentle hills in this part of Wales. Most walkers use the path up from Minffordd, but this route takes the quieter approach from Dolgellau. It can be done in a long day from here, but the best way to enjoy this mountain is over two days, camping at Ty-nant or, even better, Llyn y Gadair. This puts you right in place for an early ascent and, with any luck, you'll have the summit to yourself!
About 2 km (roughly 2 miles) from 3OS Grid: SH701138
Is there a better wild camp in Britain? This corrie, overlooked by the Cyfrwry arete and Penygadair, the summit of Cader Idris, is as dramatic a place to camp as you can find. Follow the base of the mountain to the western end to pick up the Pony Path.
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