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Cader Idris from Tal-y-Llyn


View over the Mawddach from Cader summit

The Mawddach estuary from the summit of Cader Idris.

This is the harder of the two climbs of Cader listed on this site. It does have a number of steep sections some of which have rock steps to help, but there are sections of rough scree. The views are magnificent on a fine day and the experience of climbing the highest peak in this area is very rewarding.

Choose a fine day with a good forecast. A met office weather forecast can be obtained at: Click on UK under weather, then Forecast, then Mountain area forecast, then click on Snowdonia on the map. (The met office cannot be guaranteed not to change the url of the final page!)

Start of the walk up through the woods

The start of the climb - Point 1.

The path starts at a car park (£4 all day, but you need this in coins for the machine). There are toilets and generally a met office weather forecast is posted near the exit at the start of the walk. Do make sure you take all the precautions for mountains which are written in many publications.

It is interesting to read the notices in the car park about the history of the area. Exit by the gate at the far end of the park and follow the lane to the start of the walk. This is marked as number 1 on the map on the next page.