It’s 11:15pm on Saturday night. A lost fell walker stumbles into the pub 4 hours after sunset and 6 hours after they flipped a coin and chose the wrong track down the mountain. 30 minutes later they’re in a taxi heading back to the comfort of their campsite, but not before leaving us their map of Cader Idris. Their misfortune is our gain.
Forward on the clock to 3pm on Sunday. We’re enveloped in mist, no visible landmarks, unfamiliar territory. We start to head down a path off the summit marked with two cairns. I get the compass out and check the map they gave us. We’re heading North not East, we switch directions and stumble upon the right path. It’s an easy mistake, without a map and compass we’d have found ourselves in the wrong valley with a long walk home.
A stitched panoramic from the Minffordd Path with Craig Cwm Amarch (left) and the summit Penygadair (right) towering over Llyn Cau filling the corrie below. Taken before the clouds descended.
Our last view of the valley for 3 hours!
Details of the route we took can be found here: http://www.trekkingbritain.com/cadairidristheminfforddpath.htm