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Craig Cwm Amarch
791m (2596ft)

The Cadair Idris Area, Snowdonia, Gwynedd, Wales


Record Craig Cwm Amarch as Bagged, Climbed & Conquered


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Welsh Mountain
38th highest in Wales,
86th in England & Wales

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Welsh Nuttall
49th highest in Wales,
105th in England & Wales

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OL23 Cadair Idris & Bala Lake/Llyn Tegid


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124 Dolgellau & Porthmadog


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Walk gw142 Cadair Idris (Penygadair) via The Minffordd Path

Just spectacular

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 6ml (9.5km)
Ascent:3,218ft (981m)
Time:5½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 6 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk gw123 Cadair Idris (Penygadair) Cyfrwy and Craig Cwm Amarch from Llanfihangel-y-pennant

Less arduous but longer way up Idris's Chair

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 10.5ml (17km)
Ascent:3,627ft (1,105m)
Time:7½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk gw137 Cadair Idris (Penygadair), Mynydd Moel, Craig Cwm Amarch and Cyfrwy via The Fox's Path

Truly spectacular - one for the adventurous

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 9.75ml (15.5km)
Ascent:4,247ft (1,294m)
Time:7.75hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 8 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
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Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Craig Cwm Amarch Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Craig Cwm Amarch

Melfyn Parry walked up Craig Cwm Amarch 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.

Andy Buxton climbed Craig Cwm Amarch during April, 1989 [from/via/route] Minffordd Path [with] St clements Bog-Trotters [weather] Sunny/showers - Snof patches on top.

Angela Moroney bagged Craig Cwm Amarch during 2017 [with] 3PEAKS

Dale Tyler hiked Craig Cwm Amarch on August 18th, 2019 [from/via/route] After a day up Snowdon via Crib Goch, stopped at Cadair Idris on the way home. Just me, Jason & Alex left; managed to kill off Sean & Lambert the day before [with] Jason, Alex, (Sean and Lambert left in van!) [weather] Another gusty day on the tops & ridges - Beautiful wooded section with waterfalls at the start of the walk & perhaps the best sausage rolls I've ever had at the visitor centre when we finished!

Darin Torrance summited Craig Cwm Amarch on July 21st, 2018 [from/via/route] Visitor Center Minnfford path [weather] Cloud rain - Hard days walk

Anthony Scott conquered Craig Cwm Amarch on April 17th, 2019 [from/via/route] Minford path [with] HF [weather] Lovely!

Bleddyn Rhys scaled Craig Cwm Amarch on May 27th, 2017 [from/via/route] Llwybr Minffordd o Tal y Llyn [with] Y teulu i gyd! - Mona Siwan Caradog a Daniel [weather] Dechrau yn braf iawn ac addawol ond cwmwl isel yn disgyn yn raddol ar ol y llyn. Yn datblygu i law trwm a gwynt cryf gyda fawr ddim visibility erbyn Penygadair. Abort mission a dod lawr ochr Dolgellau ar y Pony path. - Taxi yn ol i Dal y Llyn o'r gwesty ochr Dolgellau. Pawb yn oer ac yn wlyb ddyferyd.

David Wand walked up Craig Cwm Amarch on May 29th, 1989 [with] Gayle [weather] Rained in the night but dry for the walk & a light breeze

Mark Davidson climbed Craig Cwm Amarch on June 12th, 2004 [with] Martin [weather] Dry but low cloud - did get some good views though

Mike Jackson bagged Craig Cwm Amarch on April 21st, 2016 [from/via/route] Minfford [with] Mike Heaton [weather] Very good..

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of Craig Cwm Amarch

Path up to Craig Cwm Amarch from Craig Cau

Path up to Craig Cwm Amarch from Craig Cau

Photo: Gerald Murphy (107)

Craig Cwm Amarch (left) and Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from the path from Mynydd Moel

Craig Cwm Amarch (left) and Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from the path from Mynydd Moel

Photo: Gerald Murphy (70)

Approaching Craig Cwm Amarch

Approaching Craig Cwm Amarch

Photo: Gerald Murphy (109)

Craig Cwm Amarch and Llyn Cau from Mynydd Moel

Craig Cwm Amarch and Llyn Cau from Mynydd Moel

Photo: Chris Sillett (8)

Craig Cwm Amarch from the Mynydd Moel path above Nant Cadair

Craig Cwm Amarch from the Mynydd Moel path above Nant Cadair

Photo: Gerald Murphy (58)

The Minffordd Path, Craig Cau and Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Craig Cwm Amarch

The Minffordd Path, Craig Cau and Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Craig Cwm Amarch

Photo: John Mash (5)

Llyn Cau from the summit of Craig Cwm Amarch

Llyn Cau from the summit of Craig Cwm Amarch

Photo: Gerald Murphy (113)

The Minffordd Path route - Craig Lwyd (left), Craig Cwm Amarch (right) with Llyn Cau below from Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

The Minffordd Path route - Craig Lwyd (left), Craig Cwm Amarch (right) with Llyn Cau below from Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Photo: Harry Monks (6)

Lyn Cau from Craig Cwm Amarch

Lyn Cau from Craig Cwm Amarch

Photo: Allen Hudson (5)

The Minffordd Path approaching Craig Cwm Amarch

The Minffordd Path approaching Craig Cwm Amarch

Photo: John Mash (4)

Craig Cwm Amarch from path to Penygadair from the path between Mynydd Moel and Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Craig Cwm Amarch from path to Penygadair from the path between Mynydd Moel and Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Photo: Gerald Murphy (72)

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) and Mynydd Moel (right) from the summit of Craig Cwm Amarch

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) and Mynydd Moel (right) from the summit of Craig Cwm Amarch

Photo: Gerald Murphy (115)

Llyn Cau from Craig Cau between Craig Cwm Amarch and Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Llyn Cau from Craig Cau between Craig Cwm Amarch and Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Photo: Gerald Murphy (106)

Llyn Cau from near the top of Craig Cwm Amarch

Llyn Cau from near the top of Craig Cwm Amarch

Photo: Gerald Murphy (110)

Craig Cwm Amarch and Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Mynydd Moel

Craig Cwm Amarch and Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Mynydd Moel

Photo: John Mash (7)

Looking East towards Minfford from Craig Cwm Amarch

Looking East towards Minfford from Craig Cwm Amarch

Photo: Allen Hudson (4)

Craig Cwm Amarch from Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit

Craig Cwm Amarch from Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit

Photo: Gerald Murphy (83)

Llyn Cau from Craig Cwm Amarch

Llyn Cau from Craig Cwm Amarch

Photo: Gerald Murphy (116)

Craig Cwm Amarch from Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Craig Cwm Amarch from Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Photo: Harry Monks (8)

Craig Cwm Amarch and Mynydd Pencoed from Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit trig point

Craig Cwm Amarch and Mynydd Pencoed from Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit trig point

Photo: Gerald Murphy (89)


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