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Cyfrwy
811m (2662ft)

The Cadair Idris Area, Snowdonia, Gwynedd, Wales


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Welsh Mountain
31st highest in Wales,
68th in England & Wales

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Welsh Nuttall
39th highest in Wales,
82nd in England & Wales

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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 Cyfrwy by using any of these 5 easy‑to‑follow route maps:
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Walk gw156 Cadair Idris (Penygadair) via The Fox's Path

Truly spectacular - short but very steep way up Cadair Idris

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 6ml (9.5km)
Ascent:2,609ft (975m)
Time:5 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 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 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
Grade:Walk Grade 8 Icon (Hard)

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

Melfyn Parry walked up Cyfrwy 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.

Mark Davidson climbed Cyfrwy on July 1st, 2009 [from/via/route] Extention to Walk gw169 Tyrrau Mawr (Craig-las) & Craig-y-llyn from Llanfihangel -y-pennant [with] Alone [weather] Nice & sunny

Donovan Suddell bagged Cyfrwy on January 8th, 2021 [from/via/route] Minffordd path [with] wife and father in law [weather] blustery & snowy

Angela Moroney hiked Cyfrwy during 2017 [with] 3PEAKS

Bleddyn Rhys summited Cyfrwy on February 26th, 2019 [from/via/route] Fynnu'r Pony path o ochr Dolgellau, troi ir dde a gwneud y grib i gyd hyd at Craig y llyn, cyn dod yn ol at CYfrwy ar Gadair ar hyd yr hen drac chwaral [with] Ar ben fy hyn [weather] Eithriadol o braf am fis Chwefror. Ond gwyn oer ar y top ac eira dal yn para yn gysgod haul o dan y grib Gogleddol. - Diwrnod hir - gorfod cerdded yn gyflym ac wedi blino'n lan erbyn y diwedd. Ddim wedi mynd a digon o ddwr hefo fi! Diwrnod gwych.

David Wand conquered Cyfrwy on May 29th, 1989 [with] Gayle [weather] Rained in the night but dry for the walk & a light breeze

Christina Lander scaled Cyfrwy on March 21st, 2015 [from/via/route] Minffordd - Craig Cwm Amarch - Craig Cau - Cyfrwy - Cadair Idris - Mynydd Moel - Minffordd [with] Dick [weather] Beautiful sunny day

Gerald Murphy walked up Cyfrwy on March 18th, 2015 [from/via/route] See notes on ascent of Penygadair

Robert Taylor-Marriott climbed Cyfrwy on December 13th, 2012 [from/via/route] Route 47: Cyfrwy (CY) Completed 13.12.12 [with] Vince Wetton & Robert Taylor-Marriott. [weather] Cloudy, sunny & snow.

Iain Jones bagged Cyfrwy on October 5th, 2013 [from/via/route] Cyfrwy Arete [with] Graeme High

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

Ladder stile on the summit of Tyrrau Mawr (Craig-las) with Cyfrwy (The Saddle) and Cadair Idris (Penygadair) in the background

Ladder stile on the summit of Tyrrau Mawr (Craig-las) with Cyfrwy (The Saddle) and Cadair Idris (Penygadair) in the background

Photo: Mike Walker (387)

Cyfrwy from Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit trig point

Cyfrwy from Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit trig point

Photo: Gerald Murphy (91)

Cyfrwy (The Saddle) and Cadair Idris (Penygadair) consumed by cloud from Rhiw Gwredydd

Cyfrwy (The Saddle) and Cadair Idris (Penygadair) consumed by cloud from Rhiw Gwredydd

Photo: Mike Walker (393)

The Pony Path between Cadair Idris (Penygadair) and Cyfrwy

The Pony Path between Cadair Idris (Penygadair) and Cyfrwy

Photo: Gerald Murphy (99)

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Cyfrwy summit cairn

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Cyfrwy summit cairn

Photo: Harry Monks (9)

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Cyfrwy

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Cyfrwy

Photo: Gerald Murphy (98)

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Cyfrwy

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Cyfrwy

Photo: Harry Monks (10)

Mynydd Moel and Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from the Pony Path near Cyfrwy summit

Mynydd Moel and Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from the Pony Path near Cyfrwy summit

Photo: Chris Sillett (7)

Llyn Gafr and Llyn y Gadair from Cyfrwy

Llyn Gafr and Llyn y Gadair from Cyfrwy

Photo: Gerald Murphy (95)

Panorama showing Cyfrwy, Mynydd Moel and Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Panorama showing Cyfrwy, Mynydd Moel and Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Photo: Gerald Murphy (94)

Cyfrwy summit cairn

Cyfrwy summit cairn

Photo: Gerald Murphy (93)

Cyfrwy from Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit trig point

Cyfrwy from Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit trig point

Photo: Gerald Murphy (86)

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Cyfrwy

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Cyfrwy

Photo: Gerald Murphy (101)

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit from Cyfrwy

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit from Cyfrwy

Photo: Chris Sillett (5)

Mynydd Moel and Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Cyfrwy

Mynydd Moel and Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Cyfrwy

Photo: Gerald Murphy (97)

Cyfrwy from The Pony Path up Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Cyfrwy from The Pony Path up Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Photo: Harry Monks (1)

Looking back to Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from the Pony Path to Cyfrwy

Looking back to Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from the Pony Path to Cyfrwy

Photo: Gerald Murphy (92)

Llyn y Gadair and Mynydd Moel from Cyfrwy

Llyn y Gadair and Mynydd Moel from Cyfrwy

Photo: Gerald Murphy (96)

Cyfrwy and Llyn y Cadair from the summit of Cadair Idris

Cyfrwy and Llyn y Cadair from the summit of Cadair Idris

Photo: Allan Needham (2)


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