Cader Idris
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  • Bill H
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Strenuous climb, spectacular views,
    I went up and down the Pony Path (which must have been a pretty brutal experience for these animals). There are sections of steep stone steps and not-so-steep but rocky and slippery rubble and scree, which both need to be navigated carefully, especially going down. There is one brief scramble through a 'scree gully' just before the summit. As always, the weather is key and as I climbed the clouds and mist closed in but thankfully they cleared as I got to the summit, where I was rewarded with spectacular views (but don't step in the sheep poo).
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Bevan C
    Cardiff, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 27 July 2023
  • Will Smith
    Attleborough, United Kingdom6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 6 September 2023
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jonboy73
Aylesbury8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
A great place to escape to. A good hike but very satisfying when you get to the lake! The whole area is breathtaking.
Written 29 October 2023
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Will Smith
Attleborough, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
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
Written 6 September 2023
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Bevan C
Cardiff, UK2 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 27 July 2023
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Bill H
Aberdeen, UK99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
I went up and down the Pony Path (which must have been a pretty brutal experience for these animals). There are sections of steep stone steps and not-so-steep but rocky and slippery rubble and scree, which both need to be navigated carefully, especially going down. There is one brief scramble through a 'scree gully' just before the summit. As always, the weather is key and as I climbed the clouds and mist closed in but thankfully they cleared as I got to the summit, where I was rewarded with spectacular views (but don't step in the sheep poo).
Written 17 July 2023
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June A
Surrey, UK2,677 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This a quite a climb on the damp and drizzly day via the Pony Path - more strenuous if anything than Snowden since the path is steeper and more wooded. Beautiful nevertheless and a great day out for those who want a good work out and have the stamina!
Written 30 June 2023
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Nella
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Hiked in the snow and absolutely loved it, via Minffordd path. Penygader (peak) shows off a 360 degrees view of Snodonia. Llyn Cau looks amazing & inviting (I wouldn't hesitate jumping in, in the summer). Did the circuit and descending in the snow along the rocky path was challenging & scary at times. I would definitely do it. Only disappointment, was lack of cafe to unwind. Very friendly hikers along the way. In summer probably would make a lovely picnic/romantic walk along the lake.
Written 11 February 2023
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fulham1987
Andover, UK73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Solo
Cadair Idris is definitely my favourite place to hike in the UK, the Minffordd path up is not the easiest route but is well marked and stunning with awesome views don't forget to stop at llyn cau. Cadair is also no where near as busy as Snowdon or Pen-Y-Fan.
Written 2 October 2022
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Susannah P
Tiverton, UK1,804 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
Hiked up Cader Idris mountain with friends. It took us nearly 4 hours from start to finish (we dropped off cars at the beginning snd end). Stunning 360 degree views. We took day sacks, water, walking poles and waterproofs as weather can change rapidly.
Written 26 September 2022
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Simon L
Chipping Norton, UK48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Looped up and across the ridge from the "no longer a hotel" marked on the OS 1:25k map. Brilliant day out apart from a diverted footpath 705 156 which may or may not be down to the local farmer... normally I'm a bit cynical about landowners re-directing paths but the wall blocking the way looked pretty long-established
Written 4 September 2022
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sarah88northampton
northampton263 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
This is the first mountain I had ever attempted. We did the Minffordd walk up to the lake (dipping my toes in), then up to the mountain, its very steep, climbing all the way to the summit. We then did the round route to get back down which was very steep too. I found it challenging at times but it was so worth it for the views and sense of achievement when you reach the top. Took us just over 5 hours. The whole place is stunning.
We climbed Snowdon a view days later going up via the miners route and down the pyg, I felt cader iris was more challenging.
Amazing day out, loved Cader Iris!
Written 9 July 2022
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