Walk gw152 Cadair Idris (Penygadair), Mynydd Moel, Cyfrwy and Gau Craig via The Pony Path

The busy way up - the quiet way down


Route outline for walk gw152:

Llyn Gwernan  -  The Pony Path  -  Rhiw Gwerdydd  -  Cyfrwy  -  Cadair Idris (Penygadair)  -  Mynydd Moel  -  Gau Graig  -  Bwlch-coch  -  Pandy Gader  -  Afon Arran  -  Rhydwen  -  Llyn Gwernan.



Points of Interest/Notes on this walk:

The Fox's Path route up Cadair Idris (Penygadair) climbs through steep and loose scree. Whilst not technically difficult, it is not recommended in thick weather.


Peak Bagging Statistics for this walk:

hewitt
3
Welsh
Mountains
Wainwright
0
Wainwrights
 Welsh Nuttalls
4
Welsh
Nuttalls
Dewey
0
Welsh
Deweys
Wainwright Outlying Fell
0
Wainwright
Outlying Fells
marilyn
1
Welsh
Marilyn
Bridget
0
Bridgets

Peak Bagging Statistics for this walk:

The highest point of this walk is Cadair Idris (Penygadair) at 893m (2931ft). Cadair Idris (Penygadair) is classified as a Welsh Mountain (Hewitt) (18th highest in Wales, 28th highest in England & Wales). Cadair Idris (Penygadair) is also known as a Welsh Nuttall (19th highest in Wales, 31st highest in England & Wales). Cadair Idris (Penygadair) is also classified as a Welsh Marilyn (9th highest in Wales, 247th highest in the UK).

Completing this walk will also take you to the top of Mynydd Moel at 863m (2832ft). Mynydd Moel is classified as a Welsh Mountain (Hewitt) (23rd highest in Wales, 41st highest in England & Wales). Mynydd Moel is also known as a Welsh Nuttall (26th highest in Wales, 49th highest in England & Wales).

You will also reach the summit of Cyfrwy at 811m (2662ft). Cyfrwy is classified as a Welsh Mountain (Hewitt) (32nd highest in Wales, 68th highest in England & Wales). Cyfrwy is also known as a Welsh Nuttall (40th highest in Wales, 83rd highest in England & Wales).

Along the way you will also bag Gau Graig at 683m (2242ft). Gau Graig is known as a Welsh Nuttall (101st highest in Wales, 252nd highest in England & Wales).

This walk is on Ordnance Survey Maps:

OS Explorer Map OL23
1:25,000 scale (Orange Covers)

OS Landranger Map 124
1:50,000 scale (Pink Covers)


Some Photos and Pictures from Walk gw152 Cadair Idris (Penygadair), Mynydd Moel, Cyfrwy and Gau Craig via The Pony Path

In no particular order . . .

Approaching the true summit on Mynydd Moel

Approaching the true summit on Mynydd Moel

Photo: Gerald Murphy (63)

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)

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit trig point

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit trig point

Photo: Gerald Murphy (85)

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) Summit from the Pony Path

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) Summit from the Pony Path

Photo: Chris Sillett (4)

Brassington Church

Brassington Church

Photo: David Dayton (29)

Mynydd Moel

Mynydd Moel

Photo: Gerald Murphy (64)

Ann on a windy climb up Cadair Idris (Penygadair) -  should have chosen a better day

Ann on a windy climb up Cadair Idris (Penygadair) - should have chosen a better day

Photo: Brian Dexter (8)

Approaching a false summit on Mynydd Moel

Approaching a false summit on Mynydd Moel

Photo: Gerald Murphy (62)

Mynydd Moel summit cairn and stone shelter

Mynydd Moel summit cairn and stone shelter

Photo: Allen Hudson (14)

My son Patrick on Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

My son Patrick on Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Photo: Jo Orr (1)

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Cyfrwy summit cairn

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Cyfrwy summit cairn

Photo: Harry Monks (9)

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)

Cyfrwy from Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Cyfrwy from Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Photo: Richard Nicholls (4)

Craig Cwm Amarch from Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Craig Cwm Amarch from Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Photo: Harry Monks (8)

Sign at Rhiw Gwerdydd asking walkers to refrain from building stone cairns

Sign at Rhiw Gwerdydd asking walkers to refrain from building stone cairns

Photo: Mike Walker (401)

Mike and Alex Wilson on Cadair Idris

Mike and Alex Wilson on Cadair Idris

Photo: Alex Wilson (2)

Llyn Cau from Cadair Idris

Llyn Cau from Cadair Idris

Photo: Rene Carson (1)

Peter and Janet Harwood on Cadair Idris

Peter and Janet Harwood on Cadair Idris

Photo: Janet Harwood (1)

Craig Cwm Amarch, Cadair Idris (right) and Llyn Cau from near the summit of Mynydd Moel

Craig Cwm Amarch, Cadair Idris (right) and Llyn Cau from near the summit of Mynydd Moel

Photo: Gerald Murphy (61)

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)

Andy Jones on Cadair Idris

Andy Jones on Cadair Idris

Photo: Kevin OConnor (1)

Tarrau Mawr (Craig-las) (left) from the Pony Path below Rhiw Gwerdydd

Tarrau Mawr (Craig-las) (left) from the Pony Path below Rhiw Gwerdydd

Photo: Mike Walker (394)

Me and my wife on Cadair Idris

Me and my wife on Cadair Idris

Photo: Mark White (1)

Craig Cwm Amarch and Llwn Cau from the lower slopes of Mynydd Moel

Craig Cwm Amarch and Llwn Cau from the lower slopes of Mynydd Moel

Photo: John Mash (8)

Looking down Bwlch Cau from Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Looking down Bwlch Cau from Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Photo: Allen Hudson (12)

Tyrrau Mawr (Craig-las) from Cyfrwy

Tyrrau Mawr (Craig-las) from Cyfrwy

Photo: Gerald Murphy (102)

Llyn y Gadair from Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit trig point

Llyn y Gadair from Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit trig point

Photo: Gerald Murphy (90)

Llyn Gafr from Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Llyn Gafr from Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Photo: Gerald Murphy (76)

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit shelter

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit shelter

Photo: Harry Monks (4)

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit trig point

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit trig point

Photo: Harry Monks (5)

Looking north east from Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit trig point

Looking north east from Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit trig point

Photo: Gerald Murphy (87)

Tyrrau Mawr (Craig-las) and The Coast from the summit of Cyfrwy

Tyrrau Mawr (Craig-las) and The Coast from the summit of Cyfrwy

Photo: Chris Sillett (6)

On the summit of Mynydd Moel

On the summit of Mynydd Moel

Photo: Gerald Murphy (66)

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Cyfrwy

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Cyfrwy

Photo: Gerald Murphy (98)

Windbreak shelter on Cyfrwy

Windbreak shelter on Cyfrwy

Photo: Gerald Murphy (104)

Mynydd Moel from Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Mynydd Moel from Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Photo: Harry Monks (11)

Rocks en-route to Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Rocks en-route to Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Photo: Gerald Murphy (78)

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Cyfrwy

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Cyfrwy

Photo: Gerald Murphy (103)

The shelter on Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

The shelter on Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Photo: Gerald Murphy (80)

Craig Cwm Amarch from Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit

Craig Cwm Amarch from Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit

Photo: Gerald Murphy (83)

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from the path from Mynydd Moel

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from the path from Mynydd Moel

Photo: Gerald Murphy (71)

The crags on the north side of Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

The crags on the north side of Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Photo: Allen Hudson (11)

Cyfrwy summit cairn

Cyfrwy summit cairn

Photo: Gerald Murphy (93)

Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Photo: Gerald Murphy (77)

Cloud inversion seen from near the summit of Mynydd Moel

Cloud inversion seen from near the summit of Mynydd Moel

Photo: Gerald Murphy (60)

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit

Photo: Gerald Murphy (82)

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) Summit from the Minffordd Path

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) Summit from the Minffordd Path

Photo: Chris Sillett (3)

Mynydd Moel and Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Cyfrwy

Mynydd Moel and Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Cyfrwy

Photo: Gerald Murphy (97)

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit in the snow

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit in the snow

Photo: Gerald Murphy (84)

Mynydd Moel from the summit of Cadair Idris

Mynydd Moel from the summit of Cadair Idris

Photo: Allan Needham (4)

Mynydd Moel from the summit of Cadair Idris (Penygadair) in deep snow

Mynydd Moel from the summit of Cadair Idris (Penygadair) in deep snow

Photo: Col Colshouse (2)

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Cyfrwy

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Cyfrwy

Photo: Harry Monks (10)

The Snowdonia Mountains from the lower slopes of Cadair Idris

The Snowdonia Mountains from the lower slopes of Cadair Idris

Photo: Gerry Ludlow (1)

The summit of Cadair Idris (Penygadair) in deep snow

The summit of Cadair Idris (Penygadair) in deep snow

Photo: Col Colshouse (1)

Mynydd Moel from Gau Graig

Mynydd Moel from Gau Graig

Photo: Allen Hudson (16)

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 y Gadair from The Pony Path up Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Llyn y Gadair from The Pony Path up Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Photo: Harry Monks (2)

Llyn Gafr and Llyn y Gadair from Cyfrwy

Llyn Gafr and Llyn y Gadair from Cyfrwy

Photo: Gerald Murphy (95)

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit

Photo: Gerald Murphy (81)

Path to Craig Cwm Amarch from Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Path to Craig Cwm Amarch from Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Photo: Gerald Murphy (105)

Huge rock on the Pony Path below Rhiw Gwerdydd

Huge rock on the Pony Path below Rhiw Gwerdydd

Photo: Mike Walker (400)

The shelter on the summit of Cadair Idris

The shelter on the summit of Cadair Idris

Photo: Allan Needham (3)

Cyfrwy from Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit trig point

Cyfrwy from Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit trig point

Photo: Gerald Murphy (86)

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

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

Photo: Gerald Murphy (94)

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Cyfrwy

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Cyfrwy

Photo: Gerald Murphy (101)

Mynydd Moel from Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit trig point

Mynydd Moel from Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit trig point

Photo: Gerald Murphy (88)

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)

Looking west to Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from the summit of Mynydd Moel

Looking west to Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from the summit of Mynydd Moel

Photo: Gerald Murphy (68)

Cairn/shelter on Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Cairn/shelter on Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Photo: Allen Hudson (10)

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) and Llyn Cau from the Minffordd Path

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) and Llyn Cau from the Minffordd Path

Photo: Richard Nicholls (1)

Mynydd Moel summit cairn

Mynydd Moel summit cairn

Photo: Gerald Murphy (65)

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit trig point

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit trig point

Photo: Allen Hudson (13)

Cyfrwy with Barmouth beyond from the top of Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Cyfrwy with Barmouth beyond from the top of Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Photo: Paul Hancock (1)

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

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

Photo: John Mash (7)

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit from Cyfrwy

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit from Cyfrwy

Photo: Chris Sillett (5)

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Gau Graig summit cairn

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Gau Graig summit cairn

Photo: Allen Hudson (17)

Ladder stile en route from Mynydd Moel to Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Ladder stile en route from Mynydd Moel to Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Photo: Gerald Murphy (69)

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from The Pony Path

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from The Pony Path

Photo: Harry Monks (3)

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)

Cyfrwy from Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Cyfrwy from Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Photo: Harry Monks (7)

Approaching the summit of Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Approaching the summit of Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Photo: Gerald Murphy (75)

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) Summit

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) Summit

Photo: Richard Nicholls (3)

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Craig Cwm Arnarch

Cadair Idris (Penygadair) from Craig Cwm Arnarch

Photo: Richard Nicholls (2)

Cyfrwy from Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit trig point

Cyfrwy from Cadair Idris (Penygadair) summit trig point

Photo: Gerald Murphy (91)

My boys a top of Cadair Idris (Penygadair) in July 2007

My boys a top of Cadair Idris (Penygadair) in July 2007

Photo: Helen Standen (1)

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)

Cliffs seen from the path between Mynydd Moel and Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Cliffs seen from the path between Mynydd Moel and Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Photo: Gerald Murphy (73)

Craig Cwm Amarch and Llyn Cau from Mynydd Moel

Craig Cwm Amarch and Llyn Cau from Mynydd Moel

Photo: Chris Sillett (8)

Approaching Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Approaching Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Photo: Gerald Murphy (74)

Cyfrwy from The Pony Path up Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Cyfrwy from The Pony Path up Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Photo: Harry Monks (1)

View from the summit of Mynydd Moel

View from the summit of Mynydd Moel

Photo: Gerald Murphy (67)

Gau Graig from Mynydd Moel summit

Gau Graig from Mynydd Moel summit

Photo: Allen Hudson (15)

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)

Boulders on Cyfrwy

Boulders on Cyfrwy

Photo: Gerald Murphy (100)

Looking back to Mynydd Moel from Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Looking back to Mynydd Moel from Cadair Idris (Penygadair)

Photo: Gerald Murphy (79)

My son, two friends and their dogs and me on the summit of Cadair Idris

My son, two friends and their dogs and me on the summit of Cadair Idris

Photo: Jacquie Savory (4)


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