Cadair Idris Advice Please
I guess it depends what you want from the route. If I was on a normal day out to enjoy myself I'd pick the Minffordd over the Pony Path every time - more variety, great views and the potential to make it a circuit over Mynydd Moel. But if I wanted to get up and down again as easily as possible I'd settle for the Pony Path as it has a higher starting point and no descent and re-ascent along the way, unlike Minffordd.
Given that you're talking about a 3 peak challenge inside 24 hours I'd have thought the Pony Path makes more sense. The only thing against it is that the drive out from Dolgellau to the car park could be a bit tiresome in a minibus (assuming that's how you're travelling) compared with the approach to Minfford, but iirc it isn't until after the car park that the road really narrows right down.
I am soon taking a group of 15 walkers on the welsh 3 peaks in under 24 hours. I have everything planned and have walked all the routes in advance.
Or up to under Llyn y gadair then over to the pony path for the final stretch? That gets you a very impressive Cym/Llyn too.
(Not the direct way up the screes from Llyn y gadair though. Not at all fun.).
I have only done the Minffordd path but thought that one was excellent and would recommend it to anybody considering Cadair Idris.
If you don't know already, be careful if you use a satnav and just type in "minffordd"... It seems the satnavs favours the Minffordd further north and not the one at Cadair Idris
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