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

Cader Idris via Mynydd Moel Path

The Mynydd Moel Path up Cader Idris is an alternative to the more popular route up the Minffordd path with which it shares the first section. While it isn’t a classic ridge walk like the Minffordd Path, the approach via Mynydd Moel has the advantage of avoiding the crowds and with alternative views over Llyn …

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All the Walks up Cader Idris

All the Walks up Cader Idris

Cader Idris or Cadair Idris, is regarded among Wales’s best mountains. It is found between the town of Dolgellau and Barmouth on the coast, with views up from the Mawddach Estuary dominated by this impressive South Snowdonia mountain. Sitting outside the popular ranges in the north of the Snowdonia National Park, you would imagine Cader …

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Cader Idris Minffordd Path

Dol Idris Accessible Walk

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

The Welsh Three Peak Challenge

You’ve probably heard of the ‘national’ three peaks of Yr Wyddfa, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis and perhaps the Yorkshire Three Peaks, but the Welsh Three Peaks are probably less well known. It’s also meant to be completed within 24 hours, but with much less driving than the UK version, with perhaps the main difference …

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Maesglase and Waun Oer

Despite the proximity of the much busier Cadair Idris, these are rarely walked hills, though anyone who’s been along the A470 will have been impressed with the aspect they display to the drivers. The experience for the walker though, is rather more sedate, being a bimbly walk with no real difficulties over a terrain that’s …

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