Dolgun Uchaf Dolgellau
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
on the link below
Originally, two paths were made, one on
each side of the ravine but only one remains due to natural growth and
erosion. The Walk was commissioned as an extension to the gardens of Caerynwch
mansion during the lifetime of Baron Richards (1752-1823), Chief Baron
of the Exchequer, and has been open to the public ever since.
St Mark's Church was built in 1895-98 by
the widow of the founder of St Mark's Church,Florence, on land she inherited
from her first husband who was a member of the Richards family of Caerynwch.
It is in the style of a North Italian country church, built of locally
quarried and dressed stone. The churchyard in late spring is ablaze with
rhododendrons, many being specimen shrubs planted under the direction
of Mrs Mary Richards, M.B.E. (1885-1977) of Caerynwch. She was a world-travelled
botanist who also treasured the wealth at her feet, for she contributed
vastly to a definitive record of the flora of Meirionnydd.
The waters of the Clywedog were harnessed
for industry at various times, notably the woollen industry. Furthermore,
between Pont Clywedog and the A470 is the site of an early eighteenth
century blast furnace, the iron ore being quarried and brought down by
tramway from near Cross Foxes Inn. The ruins are on private land and access
is by courtesy of the landowner, so please respect the area. Site excavation
was under the supervision of the staff of Plas Tan-y-bwich, the Snowdonia
National Park Study Centre.
THE MAWDDACH TRAIL
The Dolgellau to Barmouth Mawddach Trail as featured
in Julia Bradbury's Railway Walks
||Follow the Mawddach Trail with Jacky and
Graham O'Hanlon's 22 page guide detailing the history and points
of interest that you will encounter along the beautiful 'Railway
Walk' along the Mawddach Estuary.
Explore The Mawddach Trail
|The Mawddach Trail footpath walk and cycle route winds for
9.5 miles (15km) along the disused railway track on the southern
edge of the spectacular Mawddach estuary. Whilst the trail can
be joined at several points it starts at the picturesque market
town of Dolgellau and finishes by crossing the iconic railway
bridge over the mouth of the estuary into Barmouth.
OS Landranger Active Map 124 Porthmadog and Dolgellau
The Mawddach Trail is a stunning multi-use
path following the old disused railway line along the edge of
the beautiful Mawddach estuary in Southern Snowdonia. The
almost exclusively traffic–free route, which is owned by the
Snowdonia National Park, is clearly marked, and can be easily
followed. It is essentially flat, has a fairly even surface and
for most of its length is at least 3 metres wide, and as such it
is suitable for walkers, cyclists and
wheelchair users. The North Wales Society for the Blind has
produced an audio guide to the Mawddach Trail which is available
to download as a zip file -
Click here for more details.
The trail stretches for fifteen kilometres (nine and a half
Dolgellau (starting at the car park besides the bridge) and
Barmouth and can be joined at several points, including Pont
y Wernddu, Penmaenpool/Taicynhaeaf, Arthog and Morfa Mawddach.
Bus services run on either side of the estuary, and there are
train stations at Morfa Mawddach and Barmouth. It is not,
however, without its challenges, albeit small ones. There is a
narrow footbridge with a steep up-ramp between Dolgellau and
Pont y Wernddu, which may present a hazard for
wheelchair and trike users, and the National Park suggests
that such users join the trail at the Pont y Wernddu car park.
Equally, the exit from Barmouth Toll Bridge to the busy A496 is
very steep and joins the road on a blind corner with no
footpath. Everyone needs to take care here. A series of
ill-conceived bike gates present krypton factor challenges for
anyone towing a bike trailer or tag-along; will YOU work out the
best way to get through before the day is over?
In return for these small inconveniences, you get access to
one of the most spectacular Railway Walks that Britain has to
offer. There are stunning views across to Diffwys and the
Rhinogs, and up the estuary to Y Garn and the Arans beyond
Dolgellau. Pretty much the whole of the estuary is listed as a
site of special scientific interest, there are two RSPB reserves
(Taicynhaeaf and Arthog), and a whole host of historical sites
to ponder over as you make your way through this beautiful