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Gau Graig
683m (2242ft)

The Cadair Idris Area, Snowdonia, Gwynedd, Wales


Record Gau Graig as Bagged, Climbed & Conquered


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103rd highest in Wales,
253rd in England & Wales

Gau Graig was deleted from Mountain (Hewitt) status in May, 2015 after a survey found the 'prominence' to be only 25.4m

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Snowdonia National Park


1:25,000 scale OS Explorer Map (the ones with orange/yellow covers):

OL23 Cadair Idris & Bala Lake/Llyn Tegid


1:50,000 scale OS Landranger Map (the ones with pink/magenta covers):

124 Dolgellau & Porthmadog


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You can walk to the top of Gau Graig by using either of these 2 easy‑to‑follow route maps:
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Walk gw152 Cadair Idris (Penygadair), Mynydd Moel, Cyfrwy and Gau Craig via The Pony Path

The busy way up Cadair Idris - the quiet way down

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 11.25ml (18.5km)
Ascent:3,558ft (1,084m)
Time:7.75hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk gw103 Cadair Idris (Penygadair), Cyfrwy and Gau Graig via The Minffordd Path

Simply spectacular

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 10.5ml (17km)
Ascent:4,060ft (1,237m)
Time:8 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 8 Icon (Hard)

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

Melfyn Parry walked up Gau Graig on October 13th, 2022 [from/via/route] Started walk from car park at SH732115 & followed well signposted path over the river & past the visitor centre before ascending through woodland up steep stone steps. Path continues steeply upwards & then forks to the right at SH721123 to Llyn Can which is well worth a visit. Retrace steps & then fork right to rejoin Minffordd path at SH720123. Path continues steeply upwards to gain the summit of Craig Cwm Amarch. From here path is well defined to head towards Cadair Idris. Turned left at SH708127 to join Pony Path which descends gradually & follows edge of cliffs to then rise slowly to summit of Cyfrwy. From here retrace steps to then continue on Pony Path to summit of Cadair Idris. From here the route to Mynydd Moel is visible & an easy walk. From here there is a steep descent before following a fence line to where it joins another fence coming from the right, cross over stile & follow path to corner of fence & pop over tp reach cairns at summit of Gau Graig. From here head in a southerly direction to reach fence at SH744138, path here is very steep in places before levelling out & path turns right at corner of fence at SH751140 & then descends almost back to A487 before turning sharp right & continues down to finish the walk at the lay by at SH753135. Approx total distance is 12.6Km & took nearly 6 hours. [with] On my own [weather] A sunny, dry day & pleasantly warm at times, got a bit chilly on the summit of Cadair Idris & warmed up again on descent. Hardly any breeze. - An really enjoyable walk with stunning views. Straight forward route, challenging ascents as path in parts are quite steep.

Paul Wilcox climbed Gau Graig on July 31st, 2020 [from/via/route] GW103 from the summit of Cadair Idris, Mynnydd Moel [with] Howard K [weather] Beautiful sunny day - great visibility - Navigation really tough when you leave Gau Graig - not clear at all. Faint path at time & difficult terrain. Bit of a guess after the final ladder stile.

Mark Davidson bagged Gau Graig on June 12th, 2004 [with] Martin [weather] Dry but low cloud - did get some good views though

Christina Lander hiked Gau Graig on June 3rd, 2015 [from/via/route] Minffordd - Craig Cwm Amarch - Cadair Idris - Mynydd Moel - Gau Graig - Cwm Rhwyddfor - Minffordd [with] Dick [weather] Perfect sunny day - Another great day on Cadair Idris, one of my favourite mountains

Richard Penney summited Gau Graig on February 25th, 2013 [from/via/route] Cadair Idris circuit [with] Solo [weather] Ice, mist etc

Linda Mckeogh, Paul Booth, Trevor Williams, Stephen Millington, David Price and Stephen Hobdell have all walked, climbed & bagged Gau Graig.

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of Gau Graig

Looing back up to Gau Graig from Mynydd Gwerngraig

Looing back up to Gau Graig from Mynydd Gwerngraig

Photo: Allen Hudson (18)

Mynydd Moel from Gau Graig

Mynydd Moel from Gau Graig

Photo: Allen Hudson (16)

Gau Graig from Mynydd Moel summit

Gau Graig from Mynydd Moel summit

Photo: Allen Hudson (15)

Looing back up to Gau Graig from Mynydd Gwerngraig

Looing back up to Gau Graig from Mynydd Gwerngraig

Photo: Allen Hudson (19)


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