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Cnicht (North Top)
688m (2257ft)

The Moelwyns, Snowdonia, Gwynedd, Wales

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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98th highest in Wales,
243rd in England & Wales

Walk Cnicht (North Top) walking UK Mountains in The Moelwyns Snowdonia National Park Gwynedd    Wales

Cnicht (North Top) Summit

Photo: Gerald Murphy

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

Melfyn Parry walked up Cnicht (North Top) 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 climbed Cnicht (North Top) on March 13th, 2010 [weather] cold but sunny

Sion Britton bagged Cnicht (North Top) on May 30th, 2021 [from/via/route] O Croesor. [with] Rhiannon [weather] Braf

Andy Buxton hiked Cnicht (North Top) during August, 1963 [from/via/route] Nanmor (with Cnicht) [with] Dad

Christina Lander summited Cnicht (North Top) on April 18th, 2018 [from/via/route] Croesor - Cnicht - Bwlch y Rhosydd - Llyn Croesor - Moelwyn Mawr - Moelwyn Bach - Croesor [with] Dick [weather] Started off overcast, but turned into a beautiful sunny day. Windy on top of Moelwyn Mawr & Moelwyn Bach

Mark Davidson conquered Cnicht (North Top) on August 20th, 2002 [with] Alone [weather] Sunny & warm with good views

Vince Wetton scaled Cnicht (North Top) on March 9th, 2010 [from/via/route] Cnicht [with] RTM

Gerald Murphy walked up Cnicht (North Top) on May 5th, 2012 [from/via/route] See notes on Allt Fawr walk, same day.

Robert Taylor-Marriott climbed Cnicht (North Top) on February 9th, 2010 [from/via/route] Route 4: Cnicnt, Cnicnt North Top& Moel Druman (CNT) Completed 09.02.10 [with] Vince Wetton & Robert Taylor-Marriott [weather] Sunny, cold, ice

Kath Edwards bagged Cnicht (North Top) on June 26th, 2011 - Loved this walk

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of Cnicht (North Top)

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 and Cnicht (North Top) with The Snowdon Range beyond from Moelwyn Mawr

Cnicht and Cnicht (North Top) with The Snowdon Range beyond from Moelwyn Mawr

Photo: Gerald Murphy (53)

Cnicht and Cnicht (North Top) across Cwm Croesor from the summit of Moelwyn Mawr

Cnicht and Cnicht (North Top) across Cwm Croesor from the summit of Moelwyn Mawr

Photo: Martin Talbot (27)

Llyn y Biswail with Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) in the distance from the summit of Cnicht (North Top)

Llyn y Biswail with Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) in the distance from the summit of Cnicht (North Top)

Photo: Martin Talbot (11)

The north-west ridge of Molewyn Mawr (left) with Cnicht, Cnicht (North Top) and Ysgafell Wen (far right) across Cwm Croesor and Clogwyn Brith from the summit of Moelwyn Mawr

The north-west ridge of Molewyn Mawr (left) with Cnicht, Cnicht (North Top) and Ysgafell Wen (far right) across Cwm Croesor and Clogwyn Brith from the summit of Moelwyn Mawr

Photo: Martin Talbot (25)

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)


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