Snowdonia Walks up Cadair Idris and the Tarrennau

Walks Up Cader Idris
There are many walking routes up Cadair Idris, which is also known as Cader Idris*, and as it’s in South Snowdonia is much quieter than the honeypots in the north of Snowdonia National Park. There are walks up Cadair Idris of varying difficulty, though this is a mountain walk and all routes need respect and no walk up Cadair Idris is easy! We’ve summarised them in out easy to follow All the walking routes up Cader Idris just for you.

The Summit of Cadair Idris is 893m high, and is actually called Penygadair. It’s the entire mountain that’s correctly Cadair Idris, or Idris’ Chair.

Cadair (Cader) Idris is one of the iconic Welsh Mountains and forms part of the Welsh Three Peak challenge along with Snowdon and Pen y Fan. It’s actually the same geology as Snowdon, something that’s quite apparent as you walk up the Minffordd Path.

There are four main routes up to the Summit of Cader Idris.

The Pony Track – the more straightforward route from Ty Nant.
The Minffordd Path – The more rugged route via Llyn Cau
The Fox’s Path – Eroded scree -and best avoided if you like your feet on firm ground.
Pony Path from Llanfihangell y Pennant – A Long, meandering walk

There are also a few less popular walks up Cadair Idris:

Craig Cwm Amarch from Llanfihangell y Pennant
Mynydd Moel from Minffordd
Cader Idris from Dolgellau – Via Gau Graig, along the entire mountain.
Tyrrau Mawr and Craig y Llyn – the outliers, but with views that make them worth doing. This route is to follow soon.

Please note that some people have been ending up on the wrong side of Cader Idris near Dolgellau on private land by following the post code that Google had for the Pony Path and possibly Cader Idris. We think this has been resolved, but ensure you use the one provided above – LL40 1TN – and ensuring you end up in the car park and not actually on the lane at the start of the path. Use this link –  Ty Nant  – in order to get directions EXACTLY to the Pony Path car park

What no walks up the Tarrennau? Fancy adding your own walking route in the Tarrennau?

*We’ve decided to keep the name as Cadair until it’s changed on the OS Map as it’s simply easier for people to find that way. If in doubt – we always use the wording on the OS Maps – in order to make it clearer.
All the routes up Cader Idris can be found by scrolling below:

Cader Idris Minffordd Path

Dol Idris Accessible Walk No ratings yet.

This route is on accessible paths, making it suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs according to the Snowdonia National Park. The route starts at the Minffordd Path car park for Cader Idris and provides a pleasant low level walk. The Full route description and downloadable pdf guide is available on the Snowdonia National Park Website

Cambrian Way

Not the Cambrian Way – Machynlleth to Abermaw No ratings yet.

The Cambrian Way, had it not been scuppered along with the Cambrian Mountains National Park for rather dodgy reasons (see the link here –, would surely challenge the Pennine Way for the UK’s premier mountain walk and would win on all counts bar seniority. That said, it languishes in utter obscurity, a missed opportunity …

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