Cadair Idris


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Join this day hike taking on one Mid Wale’s highest peaks; Cadair Idris! This is the perfect opportunity to get outdoors, hone your navigation and hiking skills or even use this summit as an opportunity to train for a bigger adventure.

The Plan

We will take the Minffordd path from the car park. This route is 10km, (6 miles) approximately. The footpath is a well worn good footpath but very uneven in places. It starts in the woodland and winds its way up steep steps to the first small peak of Craig Lwyd at 690m, if you are lucky with the weather, the view across the lake is beautiful, and a perfect place to stop and take a break and a cuppa.

From here we start to go along the edge of the cwm at this point there is a drop to your right down to the lake, Llyn Cau. A head for heights will be needed, however it can be avoided by walking just off the path to the left if this makes you nervous.

We will then come to the summit of Cadair Idris itself, on a good clear day the views are spectacular all round with the sea to the west of you.

As we progress further along the ridge to Mynydd Moel we will be circulating the lake to then start out descent back to the carpark.

Need to know

No experience is needed but you will need to have a pair of comfortable ankle supported walking boots that you will have ‘broken in’.

An average level of fitness is needed to be able to comfortably enjoy this walk. It will take approx 5 hours to complete, but we will take longer than this if needed. We have plenty of sunlight time and will want to make the most of the opportunities along the way to breath in the views and get to know each other a better.

Start and end pointDol Idris car park at Minffordd (Minffordd is on the A487 between Dolgellau and Machynlleth)

Meet your leader: Jan

This expedition is being led by the brilliant Jan Phillips. Jan lives in North Wales and is an experienced Mountain Leader who knows the area well. She is passionate about getting more women outdoors and will be on hand throughout the journey to help get you ready.

You’ll be part of a team of supportive women who are ready to take on this challenge together. As everyone will be of different fitness levels and experiences, we ask that you approach the challenge with a supportive attitude so as a team you can all help each other reach the summit!

Kit list

– Approx 20L rucksack      
– Ankle supported walking boots
– Waterproof jacket / coat
– Walking socks, plus a spare pair in your rucksack
– Waterproof over trousers
– Comfortable clothing (no jeans or cotton)
– Spare fleece jumper
– Hat & gloves  (yes its summer, but these are still needed!)
– Plasters for blisters, painkillers (ibuprofen/paracetamol)
– Suncream
– Mobile phone / camera
– Food (sandwiches, cake, fruit bars, chocolate and salty snacks)
– 2 litres of water/juice 

If you have any questions please contact us on: Spaces are limited to 10. Please note that payment is non-refundable. Full booking terms and conditions can be read here.


Price: £35
Date: 14th September 2019
Where: Wales