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Cadair Idris

Cadair Idris

Walking Route, free entry

Details

Minffordd Path (6 miles, 10 kilometres).
This is one of three paths to the summit and is the hardest route. The walk takes approximately three hours to the summit.

There is a shelter at the top of Cadair Idris for use during inclement weather.

Even in summer the temperature at the top can be several degrees lower than in the car park. Low cloud often covers the summit, so it can be damp as well as cold.

Please note:
all routes include steep and often slippery sections, with loose stone and shale surfaces
there are gates and stiles on all routes, take care on the wet and boggy areas. Wear good walking shoes, take suitable clothing with you and carry water and food with you.

You can find advice relating to mountain safety on the Snowdonia National Park website advice before heading out on the mountain.

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs accepted

Cadair Idris Visitor Centre and Cadair Tea Room are 250 metres from the car park and the Minffordd path to the summit passes by them. The visitor centre houses an exhibition showcasing the wildlife, geology and legends of Cadair Idris National Nature Reserve. The exhibition includes: interactive games short film about the making of the mountain film about work that Natural Resources Wales does for nature conservation here animated films telling the legends of Idris the Giant live infrared footage of rare lesser horseshoe bats in the roofspace The centre is owned by Natural Resources Wales, and managed in partnership with the staff of Ty Te Cadair Tea Room. Both the visitor centre and tea room are open seasonally.

Open all the time

Prices

Free entry

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SH 696154  Lat: 52.72122 Long: -3.93070

Public Transport:
Bus services 30,32,34 [Dolgellau-Tywyn-Machynlleth] run on the A487, stopping at the junction with the B4405 close to the entrance of the car park.

By Car: Visitor Centre Car park is signposted off the A487. The Minffordd path to the summit of Cadair Idris also starts from this location.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 10 miles from Tywyn station

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Cadair Idris Visitor Centre and Cadair Tea Room are 250 metres from the car park and the Minffordd path to the summit passes by them. The visitor centre houses an exhibition showcasing the wildlife, geology and legends of Cadair Idris National Nature Reserve. The exhibition includes: interactive games short film about the making of the mountain film about work that Natural Resources Wales does for nature conservation here animated films telling the legends of Idris the Giant live infrared footage of rare lesser horseshoe bats in the roofspace The centre is owned by Natural Resources Wales, and managed in partnership with the staff of Ty Te Cadair Tea Room. Both the visitor centre and tea room are open seasonally.

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