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Cadair Idris

Merioneth, North Wales

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This imposing 2,927ft (893m) mountain dominates southern Snowdonia. It's rugged, dramatic environment, with grandstand views over the Mawddach estuary- and the chance to see rare arctic-alpine plants, including the purple saxifrage, and some others at their southernmost location in Britain.

Peaceful paths often far less busy than those on other mountains in Snowdonia, allow walkers to savour Cadair Idris's personality to the full.

Take the steep climb up through a beautiful mossy, wooded gorge to Llyn Cau, a classic glacial lake scooped out of the cliffs beneath the boulder-strewn summit.

From these summits you can see the town of Dolgellau, the Rhinog mountains to the north and Barmouth beside the silver ribbon of the Mawddach estuary far below.

On a clear day, you may even see the distinctive peak of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) to the north.

Don't stay on the summit overnight though, because according to mythology, you will become a poet, a madman or be dead by the morning!

Location: Cadair Idris, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales

Grid Reference: SH673115 Ceremonial County: Merioneth

Map Link: VIEW MAP

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Getting there: Travel out of Corris and Corris Uchaf on the A487 and take a left on to B4405 signposted 'Tywyn'.

Access: The reserve car park is on the right.
Website: Snowdonia National Park
Other Useful Websites: A Walk Up the Mountain Side
Postcode: LL39 Telephone:
Opening Times: Visitor Centre open during summer months.

Charges: Parking is free of charge

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Notes: There are toilet facilities and a Visitor Centre. Take with you your Camera, lenses suitable for panoramic views, or for close ups of plant life and small creatures. Suitable walking boots, refreshments and clothing suitable for the conditions you are visiting in. Maps and compass. Best times to visit is Late April to Mid June and September-Mid December. During the winter months likely to be snow on the ground. Photo opportunities include Mountains, lakes, a gorge and wild flowers.



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Page Ref: cadiar_idris Topic: Nature  Last Updated: 07/2009


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