Cadair Idris Circular Walk

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Cadair Idris Circular Walk is a 10.1 kilometer loop trail located near Machynlleth, Powys, Wales that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 10.1 km Elevation Gain: 821 m Route Type: Loop

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Cadair Idris is situated in the Cadair Idris Nature Reserve within Snowdonia National Park. Set off from the Tal-y-Llyn car park at Minffordd and climb uphill through the woods with the fast flowing Nant Cadair stream cascading down on the right. On exiting the wood, continue on the easy-to-follow footpath on the left of the stream & fork left onto Minffordd Path. Ascend through the wide Nant Cadair valley to the awesome Llyn Cau lake & continue up the left side of the Llyn Cau, the path up is well marked and steep, to the horseshoe of cliffs and crags known as Craig Cau, that surround Llyn Cau. The first part of this ascent is quite hard but once on top of the horseshoe it's rough terrain but not too steep and you can followed the path which is well marked with rock piles. The final climb to the Penygadair (893 metres) summit is covered in some huge boulders which were quite a challenge. The final section of the path is steep, slippery and suffering badly from erosion. A short zigzag finally brings you to the summit cairn and trig point. From Penygadair summit head northwest across the flat barren top to Mynydd Moel (863 metres) summit. Return to the fence previous crossed, then turned left to follow the fence line downhill. The path becomes steep and quite rocky and very uneven in places following the path to meet Nant Cadair stream at the corner of the pine forest.

10 days ago

Excellent views and great exercise. Slightly smaller than snowdonia miners trail.

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rocky
24 days ago

Great alternative to doing Snowden in Wales. Fewer people and great views. Lots of sheep and cows to see along the way. Along the lower section stone steps in place used to be used by Ponies carrying people up. Loose rocks along the path at the higher level. Recommended for a good day.

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1 month ago

Did this loop with my 9 year old son. Highly recommended Cadair Idris for that sense of utter adventure, full of myths and legends. However it must not be underestimated. The path down on this loop can be difficult and unstable with lots of loose rocks and sticks are recommended. Or go on your bottom. Don’t take a child that hasn’t done a fairly steep climb before, we saw one family with a fairly distressed child. But we also saw others skipping past us. The map on this app actually cuts out the Mynydd Moel summit, and skirts round the middle. That’s fine, it’s pretty easy to figure out the route when looking from the Penygadair summit, if you did want to bag that extra peak. Prepare for humidity in the Celtic Rainforest. As you descend and get close, you can feel the heat coming off it. Truly spectacular.

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3 months ago

A rewarding hike with hard challenges throughout. If you are planning to hike the loop, be prepared!

3 months ago

Hard climb but views at the top are worth it.

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rocky
3 months ago

Breath taking views, God’s country.. I recommend this walk highly but it’s not for the faint hearted, very steep, Rocky, steep steps to begin which makes the rest of the climb hard.. the views were out of this world and well worth my legs not working today.

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6 months ago

A rather mild January morning with hardly a breeze but temperatures soon plummet and the winds picked up the closer we got to the summit. Visibility was reduced due to fog at the summit but this just adds another dimension to the whole journey. The decent was much more difficult with my joints. All in all a wonderful day though. Highly recommended x

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10 months ago

Oak wood has a subtropical feel about the place,cloudy when we visited so we will be going back when the weather is clearer. £5 all day parking, loos available in the car park and tea room is open until 5. Bit of a scramble to the top and we went down the hill side to Llyn Cau which proved to bit quite slippy! Beautiful place can’t wait to return.

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11 months ago

Great trail. Coming down as you do the trail clockwise can be a bit tricky as the trail is quite rundown.

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Tuesday, July 03, 2018

fantastic views all the way round in good weather. I will say that the right hand loop is very steep with lots of loose scree and is a bit hard going on the up but the views are worth it. wild camp on summit overnight sunset was amazing. Emergency shelter is good at summit if needed.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Hard climb and descent but worth the effort. Incredible place but good weather needed as can be dangerous in poor visibility.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Challenging both physically and mentally but when you reach the summit it's all worth it!

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