Cadair Idris Mountain Walk
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Penygadair is the summit of Cadair Idris or "Idris' Chair" and is situated in the south of the Snowdonia national park.
We'll be taking the Minffordd Path starting on the southern side of the mountain near Tal y Llyn. This involves a very steep climb through beautiful woodland to start. Then the path emerges into open hillside before reaching a lake (Llyn Cau, great wild camp spot!) under the towering cliffs of the mountain. We'll follow the ridge on the south side of the mountain to a top at 791m before pushing on to the summit at 893m. The walk continutes east past further tops at 852m, 796m and Mynydd-Moel at 863m then follows a steep scree slope back to the river and enters the woodland to re-trace the path back to the cars. On sunny days its great to sit on the river bank and cool your feet!
The views from Cadair look north to Snowdonia, over the Barmouth estuary to the west and Aberystwyth and the Cambrian mountains to the south. Because this is a prominent peak, the surrounding views are amazing.
Make a weekend of it! There is a camping event the same weekend: Camping by the Sea
Please note that this event is subject to change / cancellation depending on weather conditions so please check your messages in the days before the event for any message from the event leader, who will keep you informed of any changes.
Photos: Copyright granted to ODL for the purposes of this event by Johnny Williams. Diolch!
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What to bring
You know the score! Proper boots/appropriate footwear.
Please don't forget full waterproofs even if the weather looks good it can change quickly and these will be useful to keep the wind off you even if its not raining.
Food & drink
This is strenuous day on the hill so please be prepared. Ideally bring plenty of water and snacks for several short breaks with perhaps a longer one at the summit.
The cafe "Ty Te Cadair" is mostly likely closed when we start our walk but may be open at the end. Otherwise the Minfordd Hotel could be a good option for a pint afterwards?