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Cadair Idris

Dolgellau, Gwynedd

Hill Walking

  • Terrain


cadair-idris mountain snowdonia wales


Cadair Idris is a mountain in Gwynedd, Wales in the Snowdonia National Park. It has an elevation of 893 metres.

There are two popular paths to the summit, the first is the Minffordd path which is a 10km that takes around 4-6 hours to complete. It gives a steep, dramatic approach along a well marked path, starting at the car park behind the Minfford Hotel. Another route is the Pony Path which is a 14.6km route starting from the car park at Ty-nant and require care near the cliffs and some scrambling.

Before you go

  • This is a wild and remote place so make sure you are fully prepared for your visit.

    This means wearing the appropriate clothing and footwear for the the conditions, having a compass, map of the area and the knowledge to use these.

    You should also take some food, plenty of water, a first aid kit with an emergency whistle, a head torch and a mobile phone. You should also have spare warm and waterproof clothing with you and a survival bag should you need to await rescue for an emergency situation on the mountain.

    Always tell someone details of your route and give an indication of the time you should be expected back.