Walk up Cnicht from Croesor Circuit

Walk up Cnicht from Croesor Circuit

Route Information

Croesor, Penrhyndeudraeth LL48, UK


Route Summary:

Cnicht may only be 689m in height, but is one of the most popular hills in Snowdonia – for good reason!

Distance: Kms

Ascent: metres


Start and Finish: Croesor.


Toilets and cafe (we’ve yet to see it open though)

Hazards: Some steep sections and navigation can be tough once off the summit.

Public Transport:

None to Croesor. Your best bet is to walk in from Nanmor, where the Sherpa stops.

Parking: Car park in Croesor

Parking Post Code for Sat Nav: 

Weather Forecast:

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Walk up Cnicht from Croesor Circuit

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Cnicht from Croesor aka the Welsh Matterhorn, is one of those essential hill walking routes to include on your Snowdonia Itinerary, and it certainly deserves better than a simple up and down. There are much better options for ascending Cnicht, with a number of circular route options from Croesor.

So this Cnicht Circular Route continues along the long summit ridge towards Llyn yr Adar. You then descend to Bwlch y Rhosydd Quarry and continue downhill towards Cwm Croesor to complete the circuit. The best circuit is to continue onwards up Moelwyn Mawr and Bach , but that may be too strenuous a walk or you just have half a day to spare.

The ascent can be challenging in places, with a section of scrambling just before the summit that requires some care. While the path along the summit ridge towards Llyn yr Adar is easy to follow, you’ll soon be on faint paths. This makes the section between Llyn yr Adar and Bwlch y Rhosydd challenging to navigate. Thankfully, the descent to Croesor is along a very good track that used to be the road to the Croesor Quarry until the 70s, and you’ll be back at the start in no time.

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The Croesor to Cnicht walking Route

The Full Route in awesome Technicolor will be posted shortly so here are some images of the Cnicht Circuit from Croesor to keep you going in the meantime.


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