Cadair Idris

Cadair Idris

Date/Time: 02/08/2020 - 31/12/2021, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Location: Cadair Idris, Minffordd

Cadair Idris, which means ‘Chair of Idris’, Idris being a legendary figure who allegedly inhabited the mountain stands at 893m in the southern end of Snowdonia National Park. The summit name that a lot of people refer to is ‘Penygadair’.

The mountain is a spectacular lump of volcanic rock that has been gouged out during the last ice age just over 10,000 years ago. The large boulders on the lower slopes are supposed to be the debris from stone throwing battles between Idris and the other giants.

It is said that if you are lucky enough to survive a night on the summit of Cadair Idris, the ordeal will either drive you mad or turn you into a poet.

Note: A minimum of 4 people is required for a walk to take place


Cadair Idris Ascent

The route follows the spectacular Minfforrd path, steeply at first though forestry before emerging beneath Cwm Cau.  After a little while we reach the beautiful and tranquil Llyn Cau. We will rest here for a while and absorb the magnificent surroundings.

Continuing,  climb steeply up steps for a short while to reach the rim of the Cwm. Traversing around via Craig Cau (rockwall) to reach the summit at 893m height. If the weather is bad we can take cover in the summit shelter.

The views from the top are breath-taking, looking out over the Mawddach Estuary, most of Wales, from the Llŷn peninsula in the north-west to the Brecon Beacons in the south-east.

We continue after our lunch stop heading east over a boulder field towards the smaller summit of Mynnedd Moel at 863m height (we may as well bag this too!).

Cadair Idris Descent

Our return is via a steep grassy path south to pick up the Minfforrd path once again for the final 0.5km to the start point.




780 metres

Walking Distance

9.2 Km / 6 Miles

We want everyone to enjoy their challenge and reach the summit in their own time so will walk at a pace suitable for the whole group. It is important that the group stays together with the leader/s. Depending on numbers taking part groups may be split into smaller groups of similar pace and ability.

Please note that, although we would love to, we can’t promise clear skies on this day!

Registration fee – £35.00

You can secure your place with a £10 deposit. The balance will be due 8 weeks before the date of the event.

Qualified, experienced mountain leader with you all the way (ratio 1:8 or less)

Kit and Training advice

Friendly support on the end of the phone/email to answer any questions running up to your event

Information Pack 2-4 weeks before

This is an example itinerary, exact details will be sent to you in your event information pack 2 weeks before the event.

8.30am – Meet your Breese Adventures leader for your briefing at Dol Idris Car Park, Minffordd, LL36 9AJ

9am – Start walking

12pm – Reach the summit

12.30pm – Continue the walk (turnaround may be quicker depending on the weather)

4pm – Arrive back at Dol Idris Car Park

If you are 16 or over, of a reasonable fitness and can walk 3-4 hours comfortably with some hill walking experience then this challenge is for you.

A reasonable head for heights would be good.

If you are not sure about fitness levels but are committed to put in some training over the next few months we have specially designed training plans to help you along the way. We recommend the ‘Challenging’ training plan for this event.

All walkers should be 16 and over and any under 18’s should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Sorry, no dogs.

Various dates are available.

To find out more please click on DATES button to check using the calendar.

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