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Cader Idris

Minffordd Path



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Cader Idris - South Snowdonia

In the midst of the Welsh countryside sits a mountain almost 3,000 feet in height.




The locals claim that the mountain is haunted, and that anyone who spends the night on top of Cader Idris will wake up either a madman or a poet. Different legends surround the large 'hill', and one of the earliest claims that the giant Idris lived there. Three large stones rest at the foot of the mountain, and legend says that Idris got angry once and kicked them, sending them down the mountain.


Other Welsh legend states, however, that Arthur made his kingdom there, hence the name Cader Idris: or the Seat of Idris. No one really knows exactly how Cader Idris fits into all the legends, but the mystical presence cannot be denied when standing on top of the mountain, breathing the mist and watching the fog roll out from the giant peak.


Latitude 52.7000 Longitude -3.9000
Lat (DMS) 52 42' 0N Long (DMS) 3 53' 60W

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There are 3 peaks of Cader Idris - Pen y Gadair, Cyfrwy (the Saddle) and Tyrau Mawr which together form a giant's chair. At the foot of the Cader peak is a vast chasm filled with water that is the reputedly bottomless lake Llyn Cau. It is worth spending some time at Cader Idris to watch the mists swirl in (even on a sunny day)


Rough Guide...

The Pony path for anyone Foxes path for a little excitement Idris Gates and Minffordd path as an alternative and for the historical adventure the climb via Cwrfry Arete


Visit the Walking Britain web site for more routes up Cader Idris and other Snowdonia mountain ranges:



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