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Cnicht
689m (2260ft)

The Moelwyns, Snowdonia, Gwynedd, Wales

Cnicht is often referred to as the Welsh Matterhorn. When viewed from the village of Croesor and the south-west, Cnicht appears to be a perfect pyramid shaped mountain that resembles the Matterhorn on the border between Italy and Switzerland.

The summit of Cnicht is marked by a rocky outcrop.

Cnicht is often referred to as the 'Welsh Matterhorn' due to its shape, particularly when viewed from Croesor. Cnicht means 'Knight' and is pronounced 'k-neecht'.


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Welsh Mountain
74th highest in Wales,
185th in England & Wales

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Welsh Nuttall
96th highest in Wales,
241st in England & Wales

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Snowdonia National Park


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OL17 Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa and Conwy Valley/Dyffryn Conwy


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115 Snowdon & Caernarfon


See Cnicht and the surrounding tops on our free-to-access 'Google Style' Peak Bagging Maps:

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You can walk to the top of Cnicht by using any of these 4 easy‑to‑follow route maps:
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Walk gw163 Cnicht from Nantgwynant

A steep rocky scramble up the Welsh Matterhorn

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 6.75ml (11km)
Ascent:2,369ft (722m)
Time:5 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 6 Icon (Hard)
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Walk gw131 Cnicht from Croesor

Cnicht offers almost a 360 degree panorama.

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 7.25ml (11.5km)
Ascent:2,273ft (693m)
Time:5 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 6 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk gw224 Cnicht, Hafod-yr-Hydd and Moelwyn Mawr from Croesor

Superb views of sea and valley.

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 9ml (14.5km)
Ascent:3,355ft (1,023m)
Time:6.75hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk gw173 Cnicht, Moel-yr-hydd, Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach from Croesor

Superb views of sea and valley

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 10ml (16km)
Ascent:3,923ft (1,196m)
Time:7½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)

Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Cnicht Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Cnicht

Bronwen Chinien walked up Cnicht on February 5th, 2023 [from/via/route] From Croesor [with] Bronwen, Viken and Gethin [weather] Summer, sunny - Gethin's first mountain (age 4) - he loved scrambling up the rocks to peak. Had to carry him across boggy bits further round. German trio helped us with route finding.

Melfyn Parry climbed Cnicht on April 11th, 2019 [from/via/route] Start & finish at Croesor car park at SH631446. Steep tarmac road to start of the walking path. Ascent to summit of Cnicht was via well defined path. Stunning views in all directions. Descent from summit toward Llyn Adar before turning right to pass by Llynnau Dwyffos. Path a little boggy along here up to brow of hill. Descent to Rhosydd quarry & then up the old incline to stop for lunch. Ascent to ridge line & then followed fence to summit of Moelwyn Mawr. Descent back to car park via grassy slope, not too steep & then tarmac lane. [with] DS [weather] Mainly sunny & warm, occasional cold breeze.

Mark Smith bagged Cnicht on March 13th, 2010 [weather] cold but sunny

Sion Britton hiked Cnicht on May 30th, 2021 [from/via/route] O Croesor. [with] Rhiannon [weather] Braf

Donovan Suddell summited Cnicht on April 10th, 2021 [from/via/route] Croesor using gw173 [with] My wife [weather] Sunny & clear, odd sprinkle of snow - gw173 is a mighty fine walk, & Cnicht is a special mountain

Andy Buxton conquered Cnicht during August, 1963 [from/via/route] From Blaen Namor & down to Croesor [with] Dad

Iain Jones scaled Cnicht on November 29th, 2019 [from/via/route] Croesor [with] Nicola Jones

Wynne Roberts walked up Cnicht on June 16th, 2019 [from/via/route] Nantgwynant [with] Gareth [weather] Sunny spells. Breezy - Paths obscured in places, difficult to determine route, very boggy.

Anthony Scott climbed Cnicht on July 30th, 2018 [with] Dave Cross (HF)

Bleddyn Rhys bagged Cnicht on May 5th, 2018 [from/via/route] Cychwyn o'r Crimea. Allt-fawr, rownt top Cwmorthin ac drost Cnicht cyn disgyn lawr i Ring Llanfrothan am rescue pickup! [with] Ar ben fy hyn! [weather] Braf iawn - sgortchar! - 15 Km - 4 awr a hanner Rhedeg yr holl ffordd lawr or Cnicht i pub am fy mod yn hwyr, ond dal i gyraedd cyn y rescue team! Golygfeudd gwych or'r Moelwynions - gyda cwmwl yn rhowlio trostynt tra on ni'n yr haul!

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of Cnicht

Cnicht (centre) and Cnicht (North Top) (right) from the lower slopes of Moelwyn Bach

Cnicht (centre) and Cnicht (North Top) (right) from the lower slopes of Moelwyn Bach

Photo: Martin Talbot (35)

Cnicht from above Croesor bach

Cnicht from above Croesor bach

Photo: Terry Merrington (2)

Me and my partner Mark on Cnicht

Me and my partner Mark on Cnicht

Photo: Joanne Hannon (1)

Cnicht from Croesor

Cnicht from Croesor

Photo: Steve Unwin (1)

Cnicht - aka The Welsh Matterhorn - from the lane out of Croesor

Cnicht - aka The Welsh Matterhorn - from the lane out of Croesor

Photo: Martin Talbot (3)

Moelwyn Mawr (centre) from the summit of Cnicht - the Welsh Matterhorn

Moelwyn Mawr (centre) from the summit of Cnicht - the Welsh Matterhorn

Photo: Martin Talbot (10)

Cnicht - aka The Welsh Matterhorn - from the track across Croesor Bach

Cnicht - aka The Welsh Matterhorn - from the track across Croesor Bach

Photo: Martin Talbot (4)

Cnicht (left) and Y Lliwedd poking through a Temerature Inversion seen from Crib Goch

Cnicht (left) and Y Lliwedd poking through a Temerature Inversion seen from Crib Goch

Photo: Charles Brown (6)

Carole approaching the final scramble up to the summit of Cnicht

Carole approaching the final scramble up to the summit of Cnicht

Photo: Terry Merrington (5)

The Moelwyns - Cnicht (left) and Moelwyn Mawr (right) - from Mynydd Tal-y-mignedd

The Moelwyns - Cnicht (left) and Moelwyn Mawr (right) - from Mynydd Tal-y-mignedd

Photo: Gerald Murphy (159)

Terry and Carole on the summit of Cnicht

Terry and Carole on the summit of Cnicht

Photo: Terry Merrington (4)

The Watkin Path, Nantgwynant and Cnicht on the horizon from the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

The Watkin Path, Nantgwynant and Cnicht on the horizon from the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Victoria Ashley (1)

View from the summit of Cnicht down into Cwm Croesor

View from the summit of Cnicht down into Cwm Croesor

Photo: Terry Merrington (6)

Cnicht - aka The Welsh Matterhorn from Croesor Bach

Cnicht - aka The Welsh Matterhorn from Croesor Bach

Photo: Martin Talbot (6)

Terry on the summit of Cnicht

Terry on the summit of Cnicht

Photo: Terry Merrington (3)

Cnicht and Rhosydd Quarry from Moel-yr-hydd

Cnicht and Rhosydd Quarry from Moel-yr-hydd

Photo: Steve Unwin (9)

North East from Cnicht

North East from Cnicht

Photo: Don Williams (3)

Cnicht (centre left), Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach from Moel Yr Ogof

Cnicht (centre left), Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach from Moel Yr Ogof

Photo: Gerald Murphy (200)

Rhosydd Quarry ruins with Cnicht (left) and Cnicht (North Top) beyond

Rhosydd Quarry ruins with Cnicht (left) and Cnicht (North Top) beyond

Photo: Martin Talbot (19)

Me and my best friend Emily on Cnicht

Me and my best friend Emily on Cnicht

Photo: Alice Henderson (1)


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