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Cadair Idris
Guided Walk

Cadair Idris

At a glance

Price: From £190

Distance: 5 miles (8 km)

Total ascent: 860 m

Time: 5-7 hours

Fear factor: Low

Difficulty: Slightly Challenging

Cadair Idris
Guided Walk

This is currently only available as a bespoke service with a Private Guide

Experience the quieter and wilder side of Snowdonia on Cadair Idris (Chair of Idris). This walk has it all; starting in lush ancient woodland you will ascend until you reach the stunning Llyn Cau lake. The walk then accesses the rige which circles the lake offering panoramic views of surrounding mountains as they tumble into the Mawddach Estuary and Irish sea beyond. 

Adding to the allure of this mountain is the folklore tale of Idris Gawr, the giant and poet which gives this mountain it's name. Birds of prey such as peregrine falcons and buzzards can often be seen soaring above adding to this captivating experience.


Snowdonia Guided Walk:
Cadair Idris

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Who is it for?

Cadair Idris is perfect for the average person who is reasonably fit and can walk on steep and uneven ground for around 7 hours.

What equipment do I need?

We will send you a detailed kit list upon booking and again shortly before the event.


Normal hiking gear is needed and this varies a little depending on the time of year and the forecast on the day. Items that are always required which you may need to go out and buy include walking boots/ walking shoes (not trainers), a waterproof jacket and a rucksack. 

We can give you advice about what to buy if you have booked onto one of our walks.

Where does it start?

This walk starts at near the town of Dolgellau.

We will send you out detailed Event Notes by email before the walk which include where and when to meet and parking instructions.


All of our instructors are fully qualified Mountain Leaders with a minimum of a 16 hour First Aid certificate. All participants are covered by our Public Liability Insurance.

Cadair Idris Route Description


There are a few routes up to the summit but our favourite is the Minffordd Path. 

From the car park you will follow the Nant Cadair stream through ancient woodland. You follow this upstream past a series of waterfalls exiting the forest into the Cadair Idris National Nature Reserve.

It is here that you might spot birds of prey such as peregrine falcons or buzzards soaring above as you ascend the Minffordd Path to one of the highlights of the whole walk; The Llyn Cau lake. This is a great spot to stop for a bite to eat and to admire the stunning beauty of the natural landscape.

After the lake you will follow some rock steps up to the horseshoe ridge which wraps around the lake offering incredible views especially as you gain height as you tick off the smaller peaks of Craig Lwyd, Craig Cwm Amarch and Craig Cau.

From here there is one last climb as you gain height to reach the summit of Cadair Idris where you will be richly rewarded with magnificent views of the seemingly endless Cambrian Mountains and the Irish Sea.

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