Cadair Idris (Idris's Chair) stands at the
very south of the Snowdonia National Park, it is the 2nd highest outside
of the main Snowdonia Mountain Range, and the 18th highest in Wales but
because it stands alone, it looks and feels a lot bigger than that of
the peaks further north. Cadair Idris, like Snowdon,is a classic horseshoe
with Llyn Cau in the center of the mountain, and Llyn-y-Gadair to the
There are 4 main walking routes up the mountain, from the south, The Minfordd
and Mynydd moel Paths and from the North the Pony and Foxes Paths, the
Pony Path being the easiest way up,and from the South a walk up the Minfordd
Path and down the Mynydd Moel path offers the Walker a more strenuous
day, but well rewarded with the stunning views of Craig Cwm and
the Llyn Cau, allow around 4-5 hrs for this circuit
On the North side of Cadair there are some
fine rock climbing, ranging from the popular Welsh classic, Cyfrwy Arete
(vdiff) to Obsession (vs) and other routes in the higher E grades. There
is also Shelter at the Summit if the weather outside isn't so good.
Cadair has been a much-loved mountain over 200 years when
tourism began, its been a favorite for many famous people that visit
the area. It was a favorite of Charles Darwin who visited the
area regularly just to take in the views. and who could blame him?
Cadair Idris is regarded by locals as the Great seat of
Poetry, as Legend has it that anyone who chooses to spend a night on
Cadair peak will wake either a mad man or a poet. Another Legend is
that Arthur made his Kingdom here, hence the name 'seat of Arthur'.
Cadair Idris features in many Welsh Legends, I am not sure of how much
truth lies in these stories, but one thing is clear to me, and anyone
who has visited Cadair will tell you the same. That there is something
truly Magical and Mysterious about this Great Mountain.
If you are interested in walking this mountain we would
recommended starting from Minffordd, although we believe that its a
Mountain worth more than one visit as there is far too much to see in
For more information on this walk and many others click
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