Cader Idris Trail

Cader Idris in Snowdonia with Mark Lewis Diving & Mountaineering Instructor

Recently I have been in North Wales working. After I finished work, I headed to Cadair Idris to walk up the mountain on my own. I decided to use the Mynydd Moel path, one that is not as popular as the other routes on the mountain.

It started at a car park near Dolgellau on the A487 (nearest postcode is LL40 2RD – Grid reference is SH753135)

I parked up and set off from the car park straight onto the mountain. Instead of following the trodden path which skirted around the hillside, I plodded directly up the slope, intersecting the path on the ridge line.

The path turned North West and followed a fence line to the top of the ridge. At this point the path crossed the fence by a sty, however as I stepped on it it was broken and it threw me over. Be aware when you use it!

The pat then continues along a grassy ridge line south west for a couple of kilometers, however this is really boggy. As I approached, I could see the sphagnum moss all along the path, and as I stepped in it, the moisture seeped into my shoes.

The route continued reaching the flanks of Gau Graig, which was a lovely, but simple scramble.

Once I’d got through the short scrambly section, I was onto the gentle undulating slope that led to the East flank of Mynydd Moel. So far I had met with no one on the route. As I crested the summit of Mynydd Moel, I expected to see people, but still no one.

I walked on across the shallow saddle and arrived on the summit of Cadair Idris. It was as I approached the summit that I saw other people. I chatted to a couple of people, which was nice. I met two guys from London who were here walking for the weekend. As such, I took some pictures for them, and they took my picture, save me a selfie.

The views were stunning all away along the walk, but from the top it was lovely.

After a short break, I headed back down the mountain by the same route.

I’d sum it up as a moderate to medium difficulty walk, it took approximately 3.5hrs round trip. A lovely walk, but slightly remote if you’re on your own.

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I am a passionate adventurer, loving being in the mountains walking, climbing, scrambling as much as I love being under the water exploring shipwrecks, mines and caverns, or in search of treasure in the depths. My real passion lies in combining mountains and water and as such you’ll often find me either in the mountains altitude diving, or in the mountains ice diving. Both exhilarating and peaceful – allowing me to regenerate the inner me, whilst pushing myself physically and mentally.

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