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“Worth the effort”
Review of Cader Idris

Cader Idris
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Dolgellau
Certificate of Excellence
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birmingham, england
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Worth the effort”
Reviewed 24 August 2014

It isn't something to embark upon with out some thought. We were fooled by our physically fit daughter's persuasiveness; she said it was easy - it isn't! It was a fine day, a little cloudy at times but warm, so the 'climbing' (really only walking up slopes) was quite enjoyable, though MUCH too long. Perhaps if we'd set out with a different attitude, and been prepared for a longer-than-usual walk, we'd have really enjoyed it. As it was, the ascent (taking the pony trail - very few steps compared with other routes) became tedious as the mist gradually lowered and we could see nothing.
If you take this track be careful as you near the summit. Although cairns warn that you are approaching the edge my husband did not realise that was what they were there for and continued straight on, fortunately coming to a sudden and abrupt halt in time! At that point you have to turn right and continue on, being sure to keep to the path to avoid the drops! There is a stone climbers' hut just before the summit which was handy because although we had warm coats etc on (it had been sunny and warm in the car park when we set off), we needed to pause to gather ourselves and warm up a little before the final climb. This was over rocks and wasn't pleasant because we couldn't see what was ahead of us or how far it was to the top, yet the sense of achievement when we finally arrived was immense. Unfortunately there was nothing to see, and we soon became chilly so we set off down the mountain. About 1/3 of the way down, the mist suddenly cleared and, oh my goodness, the views were incredible! What a treat we had, and of course by that time the sun was in full-flow again too, so we had food, warmth and a long rest to drink in the view. The going suddenly became easier (mind over matter?) and with frequent stops to take photos we arrived at the bottom happy and less tired than when we set out from the summit. All-in-all a positive experience, though we'll wait a year or two before we do it again! Oh, and don't be put off by the memorial for a climber who lost his life on Cader Idris, just take in the significance of it.

Visited August 2014
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Ramsbottom, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A climb and a half!”
Reviewed 23 August 2014

This is a fantastic mountain to climb.. not for the faint hearted. Great climb for the first hour or so through the forest on the steps, hard on the knees, and there are several summits before you reach the main summit. Fantastic views from the top.

Visited July 2014
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

A challenge for me as I'm 50 + with average fitness :) felt a great deal of satisfaction getting as far as the lake up the Minffordd Path . Beautiful scenery . Very steep on the initial descent and could easily put you off going further ( although the rock steps are better than slippery gravel) but persevere and the ground eases out to a less steep climb. The lake is very tranquil and beautiful. Great to have the café at the bottom too - my bowl of soup went down a treat afterwards!!

Visited August 2014
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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136 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2014

Its a long enduring slog to the top (Pony Trail is a good one) but well worth it. The views are absolutely breathtaking.
Do take care at the top as the winds can be quite gusting. There is a small rock semi circle shelter just before you begin the final ascent that is perfect for a breather and a brew.

Visited August 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A gem of a shop with a very helpful owner”
Reviewed 21 August 2014

A fantastic shop in the heart of the town. The owner couldn't have been more helpful. Got a great pair of walking shoes from there.

Visited August 2014
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