Cader Idris via Pony Path
Cader Idris is one of Snowdonia’s most beloved mountains, and the Pony Path is the easiest way to summit it! This out-and-back walk leads through a short section of woods and rivers before steadily climbing up the slopes of Cader Idris. The path is well-maintained and easy to follow, with just enough scrambling near the top to provide that kick of adventure you’re looking for on a proper mountain walk. With spectacular views accompanying your every step, this route is a sure-fire winner.
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Route Description for Cader Idris via Pony Path
Setting off from the car park, walk onto the road and turn right to cross a bridge, quickly spotting a signpost for the Pony Path on your left. Take this trail as it passes a farmhouse and over a stone bridge, at which point it begins to ascend. There are a few gates to pass through (or clamber over), but nothing that should deter you from the well-used path. A short 100 m section known as the Rhiw Gwreddyd awaits—push through this, and a nice spot for a rest is at the top, marked by a wood and wire fence complete with gate and stile.
Once through the gate, keep on the path as it bears left and climbs once more. The weaving route is marked by plenty of unmissable stone cairns. As you approach the summit, the trail gets rockier and may require some scrambling, but nothing technical. Then you’ve arrived at the peak of Cader Idris (which, strangely enough, is actually called Pen y Gader). Enjoy sweeping views of the rugged Rhinogydds to the north and the softer hills of Mid Wales to the south. When you’re ready to return, simply retrace your steps back down the Pony Path and out to the Ty Nant car park.
Getting to the Cader Idris via Pony Path Trailhead
To reach Cader Idris via the Pony Path, head for the Ty Nant car park. From Dolgellau, head west, then southwest along Cader Road, passing the Carmelite monastery and the southern shores of Llyn Gwernan. About a kilometre past the lake, turn right to find the car park.
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