The Llanfihangel y Pennant Path up Cader Idris

Route Information

Llwyn Celyn, Llanfihangel-y-pennant, Tywyn LL36 9TS, UK


Route Summary:

A Long route up Cader Idris from the quieter side.

Distance: 16 Kms

Ascent: 870 metres

Time: allow 7-8 hours

Start and Finish: Llanfihangell y Pennant


Toilet at start


Public Transport:


Parking: Limited Parking at start

Parking Post Code for Sat Nav: LL36 9TU

The Llanfihangel y Pennant Path up Cader Idris

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The Llanfihangel y Penant Path up Cader Idris is a longer, quieter approach to Cader Idris that sets off from the quiet hamlet of Llanfihangel y Pennant and joins the Pony Path up to the summit. It’s visible on Google Streetview – so you can check the route out in its entirety there as well. It may lack the imposing views of the Minffordd and Fox’s paths, but just about trumps the Pony Path on remoteness and lack of people. It’s also the longest route up Cader Idris, with a return trip being an impressive 17km.

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1 Start at the National Park Car Park near the church at Llanfihangel y Pennant and follow the country lane right for 1.25km. This takes you past some houses, including the house of Mari Jones who walked 26 barefoot miles, rather than kilometres in 1800, to Y Bala to buy a Welsh bible.

2 The tarmac ends though you barely notice as a well made track leads off ahead and veers left. After around 750m, the official bridleway continues right. This is the one on the Google streetview. An easier way is to continue along the good track. It isn’t a right of way and the first half doesn’t cross access land, but the route we’ve always used and is easier going. Surely this is a prime candidate for a permissive path?

3 Keep on the track for just shy of 2km, which the ‘official’ route joins after 1km, which brings you steadily up to Gwastadfryn.

4 Cross the river here and take the grassy track that snakes it’s way uphill which is less defined but should be clear enough. Ensure you take a right to contour around the slopes of Tyrrau Mawr.

5 The track continues its way steadily up to Rhiw Gwredydd at an easy incline, with the views just as mild until you top out at the bwlch. From here you’ll be treated to views across the Mawddach Estuary, hopefully accompanied by a cuppa and a sandwich.

6 You’ll join the Pony Path here which is a motorway in comparison to the track you’ve followed so far! It is easily followed to the summit as it climbs surely and steadily to the summit, being easy enough to follow for the duration.

7 You’re finally at the summit, which has a shelter just below if conditions aren’t great. If you’re lucky, you won’t need to venture in as you take in the extensive views.

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