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exiled_northerner - on 02 Dec 2016
Have a long planned weekend away staying in Dolgellau next weekend. The plan is to walk up Cadair Idris on the Saturday and MTB at Coed Brenin on Sunday.

Never been up Cadair before and as we’re staying in Dolgellau it seems obvious to climb it from the north. The Pony Path sounds a bit dull and there’s a lot of negative comment about Fox’s Path although it does sound more of a challenge.

What’s the UKHW collective’s view on routes up Cadair?

Also, any suggestions as to any alternatives for MTB (bearing in mind we want to have wrapped it up by about 2pm to allow time to travel home).
Mark Bull - on 02 Dec 2016
In reply to exiled_northerner:

Probably worth the short drive to Minffordd for the classic circuit!
Samuel Wainwright - on 02 Dec 2016
In reply to exiled_northerner:

Cadair is a great mountain. Loads of options for both walking, scrambling and climbing. If you are just walking then by far the best route is the Minffordd Path which goes up into Cwm Cau and around the ridge to the south before heading to Penygadair main summit. From there you descend via Myndd Moel following a wall to the path in Cwm Cau. There are also good scrambling options out of the back of Cwm Cau straight up towards the main summit.

Towards the top the Foxes path is very steep and from memory quite loose.
Have fun!
Ron Rees Davies - on 02 Dec 2016
In reply to exiled_northerner:
Unless you fancy scrambling /climbing Cyfrwy Arete' I would head round to Minfordd path.
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exiled_northerner - on 02 Dec 2016
In reply to exiled_northerner:

Thanks Guys ... kinda guessed the answer would be the short drive to Minffordd, but just wanted to check out views on the northern routes
Clint86 - on 02 Dec 2016
In reply to exiled_northerner:

Yes, great mountain. I like the way up from spot height 285 at the high point over to Minfford. Round the back to Llyn Aran. Up a steep path behind llyn Arran and along the ridge to the summit. Slightly tricky making a circuit of it however, but you could descend Gau Craig. Summit plateau certainly worth traversing twice. Have to navigate with care round to llyn Arran through boundary walls using 1.25,000.

Ascent from Minfford the classic way though.

Dolgellau a lovely place as well.
Lee Proctor - on 02 Dec 2016
In reply to exiled_northerner:

I really like the Beast trail at CyB it should take 2.5 to 3 hrs to ride at a comfortable pace and takes in the best bits and views of the forest. I'd avoid doing the Tarw Du trail although its shorter it can be a bit brutal
In reply to exiled_northerner:

The Cwm Cau circuit is the classic, as everyone else has said. But for something a bit longer, this full traverse of Tom Hutton's looks the business too: http://www.ukhillwalking.com/logbook/r/?i=884
MikeSP - on 02 Dec 2016
In reply to exiled_northerner:

Have you tried the mtb trails at dyfi? They're very good. Most are marked on trailforks http://m.trailforks.com/region/dogellau/?lat=52.69582372327618&lon=-3.8109026798967105&z=11&...
malky_c - on 02 Dec 2016
In reply to Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com:

This is the sort of thing I had in mind. While the Minfordd path is probably best, it's also really short. Last time I was up there, I started from the station at Fairbourne and got on the ridge at Craig Cwm Llwyd in the west, joining this route and finishing up in Dolgellau. Then bus back to Machynlleth to get the train. Can't believe it was possible to do that by train from Telford in a day trip, even in the depths of winter!

Perhaps an alternative is to start in Dolgellau and get the bus round to Minffordd. Then you can go up the Minffordd path and down any number of routes back to Dolgellau.
Clint86 - on 02 Dec 2016
In reply to Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com:
Yes, I agree, if you can somehow make it a point to point that would be ideal. Its a great mountain and country to traverse.
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Mike Peacock on 02 Dec 2016
In reply to Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com:

The linked route is excellent and (dare I say) easily as good as the Cwm Cau circuit. The eastern outliers are worth a visit too. Park somewhere near Hafotty-fach and take the Ffordd Ddu track. Break out up the Craig Cwm Llwyd ridge, and follow the ridge over Craig y Llyn and onto Craig Las which is a great top:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikepeacock/7153258823

An optional diversion via Cyfrwy and then onto Cadair Idris itself. Descend via the Foxes Path, or retrace to the Pony Path, and walk out along the minor road. Should be a good 12 mile round or so.

exiled_northerner - on 02 Dec 2016
In reply to MikeSP:

No ... but looks like a good shout. Thanks for the tip off. Coed Brenin seemed the obvious choice and have been there a few times, but I always like riding somewhere different.

Some good ideas there. Time to get the map out when I get home tonight!
exiled_northerner - on 02 Dec 2016
In reply to Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com:

Like the look of that one ...lots
garycrocker - on 21:52 Sat
In reply to exiled_northerner: bike up Cadair

Guy - on 22:50 Sat
In reply to garycrocker:

Agreed bike Cadair, it's a great route.
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exiled_northerner - on 00:01 Sun
In reply to Guy:

really? .... and your suggested route is?...

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