4 of 5 (2 votes)

Cadair Idris the long way

A moderate walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Snowdonia starting and finishing in Gwynedd, Wales, about 15.50km (9.63 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 6:45h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 746m (2447ft)
Descent 685m (2247ft)
Max. Elevation 760m (2493ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 1431m (4694ft)
Distance 15.50km
Duration ~6:45h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 17 Sep 2015
This route gives you a chance to explore a popular mountain in a different way. Rather than the familiar path, you approach Cadair Idris from further away for a longer day out - more time to appreciate this fine mountain. Buses are limited around here so consider making it a two-day trip. They connect to Tywyn, the nearest station.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map

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OS Grid SH676070
Take the bus to Abergynolwyn.
OS Grid SH665072
Take the path on the southern side of the stream.
About 1.09 km (~0.68 miles) from
OS Grid SH659078
At the road, cross over the larger river.
About 0.86 km (~0.53 miles) from
OS Grid SH654092
At Nant-caw, start the steep climb uphill.
About 1.53 km (~0.95 miles) from
OS Grid SH654113
The path leads you to the high ground above Craig Mais-y-llan.
About 2.05 km (~1.27 miles) from
OS Grid SH665119
Follow the ridge line along Craig-y-llyn.
About 1.26 km (~0.78 miles) from
OS Grid SH679135
Continue along the ridge towards Craig-las.
About 2.13 km (~1.32 miles) from
OS Grid SH702132
As you head towards the main summit, the ground will be familiar for Cadair Idris regulars. Pick up the Pony Path to the top.
About 2.30 km (~1.43 miles) from
OS Grid SH710120
Continue to the Minffordd Path to descend.
About 1.46 km (~0.91 miles) from
OS Grid SH721123
The path takes you round by Llyn Cau for that final tea stop of the day.
About 1.16 km (~0.72 miles) from
OS Grid SH729113
Drop down to Minffordd for the bus home.
About 1.30 km (~0.81 miles) from

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17 Sep 2015

Note there are no buses on Sundays at present, so don't get caught out if you plan a weekend visit!

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