Cader Idris

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Cader Idris information

Lonely Planet review

Cader Idris (893m), or the 'Seat of Idris' (a legendary giant), is a hulking, menacing-looking mountain with an appropriate mythology attached. It's said that hounds of the underworld fly around its peaks, and strange light effects are often sighted in the area. It's also said that anyone who spends the night on the summit will awake either mad or a poet – although perhaps you'd have to be a little mad or romantic to attempt it in the first place. Regardless of its repute, it's popular with walkers and it's the park's favourite locale for rock climbers.

When tackling Cader Idris, the standard route is up the 'Dolgellau' or Ty Nant Path (6 miles, five hours), heading southeast from Ty Nant Farm on the A493. The longest but easiest is the Tywyn or Llanfihangel y Pennant Path (10 miles, six hours), northeast from the Talyllyn Railway terminus at Abergynolwyn. The shortest and steepest trail is the Minffordd Path (6 miles, five hours), northwest from the Dol Idris car park, a few hundred metres down the B4405 from Minffordd on the A487 road to Machynlleth. Whichever route you choose, always carry appropriate clothing and check weather conditions before departure.