On Foot
Trail: Parkland Circuit Cadair Idris NNR (0)
Contributor: NatResWales Activity Type: Walking Difficulty: Easy Distance: 0.488 mi (785 m)
Description: Summer sees the welcome return of the classic trio of Welsh oakwood birds: pied flycatcher, wood warbler, and redstart, as well as the swallows and housemartins that often nest under the visitor centre eaves. There is also a live webcam showing some of the shyer residents and live infra red footage of rare lesser horseshoe bats in the roof space.

On the cliffs in early summer, arctic-alpine plants are at their best, some of which are seen nowhere further south in Wales. In flower at the same time is the locally rare hairy greenweed that grows here at its northernmost location! Later the dry slopes are clothed in a carpet of purple heather, punctuated here and there by the yellow flowers of western gorse.

The bogs glisten with the sticky sundews, accompanied by bog asphodel and heath spotted orchids, whilst dragonflies patrol their patches. Every day, whether bright or overcast, the deep clear waters of Llyn Cau reflect the colours of the sky.

The fully accessible Cadair Idris Visitor Centre is worth a visit in its own right with its exhibition of wildlife, geology and stories of Cadair Idris.

Walk distance: 0.5 mile/1 km

Terrain: The accessible Parkland Circuit takes you to the edge of the National Nature Reserve and through the Dol Idris parkland and around the lake. Picnic benches give you the chance to sit and enjoy the views.

The moderate gorge climb takes you into the 'celtic rainforest' and the more strenuous Nant Cadair Bridge route takes you to the lower slopes of the heather clad mountain. And of course if you are feeling more energetic and have suitable footwear, you can take the Minffordd path through the National Nature Reserve to the summit of Cadair Idris.

Start and finish: Cadair Idris car park.

Facilities: After you have explored all of this, enjoy home made cakes, soups and sandwiches in the café. There is a pay and display car park at the entrance and public toilets.

Dogs: Well behaved dogs are welcome in our woodlands.

Getting there: The main access to Cadair Idris is via the Dôl Idris car park which is between Dolgellau and Machynlleth off the A487. Dôl Idris car park is situated near the junction of the B4405 and the A487.

Safety: Please ensure you are prepared for all weather conditions and wear suitable clothing and stout footwear for your walk. This walk can be slippery when wet.

Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations.

Please always follow any instructions on site and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place.

This walk is supplied by Natural Resources Wales. It is subject to Trailzilla copyright terms and conditions.

It can be found on the Natural Resources Wales website along with other walks in their woods and national nature reserves.

Use the family of Countryside Codes to help you prepare and enjoy safe visits to the countryside. https://naturalresources.wales/out-and-about/planning-your-visit/the-countryside-codes/?lang=en
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