Date/Time: 29/07/2020 - 31/12/2021, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Location: Moelwynion, Croesor

Explore one of Snowdonias’ quieter areas in the Moelwynion range by climbing Cnicht (also know as the Welsh Matterhorn). The name Cnicht is said to have derived from Anglo-Saxon for Knight. The walk starts in the very small and quiet village of Croesor which was once humming with activity from the local slate quarries.

When viewed from the south west the 689m peak has a distinct and pointy look which is how it got it’s nickname “Welsh Matterhorn”.

We will take our time to explore the historic ruined Rhosydd Slate and Cwmorthin quarries which were built in the mid 1800’s.

The summit on a clear day affords fantastic views north to the Snowdon Massif, South West to Porthmadog and Tremadog Bay.

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


This Cnicht circular route starts in the very small and quiet village of Croesor, nestled in the Moelwynion range of Mountains.

We leave the village for a short while north on a tarmac road before swinging off east to pick up the track that heads towards the summit via the long summit ridge.

From this point we can see why the locals call Cnicht the “Welsh Matterhorn” with its unique pointy summit peak.

As we ascend we have fantastic views of Porthmadog to the coast, Moelwyn Mawr and Bach as well as the Snowdon Massif. The grassy path is mostly easy going but there are some trickier rocky sections along the way.

Just before the 689m summit top we have a very short scrambling section that will require some care.

Once on the summit you’ll be rewarded with one of Snowdonia’s best 360 degree summit panoramas.

We continue north east over the ridge and down to the wonderfully secluded Llyn yr Adar (which is Birds Lake in Welsh) before heading south to the old Rhosydd slate quarry workings.

Once through the quarry workings we return to the start via Cwm Croesor (Croesor valley).





Walking Distance

10.4 Km / 6.2 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 – £30.00

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 Croesor Car Park, LL48 6SR

9am – Start walking

11.30am – Reach the summit

12pm – Continue the walk (turnaround may be quicker depending on the weather)

2pm – Arrive back at Croesor

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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