Cnicht Hiking in Snowdonia

The village of Croesor is quietly situated in a fine valley, overlooked by Cnicht, which is walked on the return leg of this fine walk. Once an area humming with activity, the slate quarries have long since closed and the valley has returned to a quieter life. Cnicht has a distinct but misleading image. From the main roads to the southwest the mountain has a distinctive shape – pointed with sheer faces on either flank – and is nicknamed the “Welsh Matterhorn”. In reality, the summit of Cnicht is the end of a fine ridge and its pyramidal shape is in fact a cross-section of the mountain.

This is an open mountain walk so good boots, waterproofs and a map of the area with a compass and knowledge of how to use them is important. Both OS Map OL17 and OL18 are required for this walk. It is approximately 6miles and will take approximately 4hours.

There is a small car park in Croesor (Sat Nav LL48 6SR) with ample space for most days. Leave the village by taking the lane up past the school and chapel. At a gate continue northwards to the brow of the hill where you fork right. The way ahead is now obvious as you aim for the summit climbing gently at first with fine views over the surrounding countryside. The way steepens and there are a couple of short scrambles before you reach the summit (2260 ft. / 689 m.) which is a fine viewpoint with almost a 360-degree panorama of mountains. On reaching the summit you will understand why so many people rave about the views of this surprisingly quiet yet majestic little mountain, known as the matter horn of Wales.

The next objective is the southern shore of Llyn yr Adar, backed by the Ysgafell Wen range of mountains. This is a wild country and the walkers are relatively few and you have ample time to enjoy the peace and quiet. A path, in places very sketchy, leads southeast towards Cwm Corsiog. Before reaching this Llyn turn west choosing the easiest route down to Llyn Cwm-y-foel in the valley. There are no unseen crags but it is still easier to follow one of the small streams that tumble down the mountainside.

On reaching Llyn Cwm-y-foel follow the south shore to the dam. Cross to the north side of the outlet and pick up the distinct path that gently descends across the hillside and into the valley. This descent is very pleasant and allows you to examine in detail the wonderful valley of Cwm Croesor before you join the track back into the village.

If you’d like to join me for some mountain training similar to climbing Cnicht, in the summer or winter please get in touch on 07534 387152 or use the links below,


Published by Mark Lewis Adventures

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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