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Cader Idris, Dolgellau

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Cadair Idris or Cader Idris is a mountain in Gwynedd, Wales, which lies at the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park near the town of Dolgellau. The peak, which is one of the most popular in Wales for walkers and hikers, is composed largely of Ordovician igneous rocks, with classic glacial erosion features such as cwms, moraines, striated rocks, and roches moutonnées.EtymologyCadair Idris means 'Idris's Chair'. Idris is usually taken to be the name of a giant or, alternatively, it may refer to Idris ap Gwyddno (or Gweiddno), a 7th-century prince of Meirionnydd who won a battle against the Irish on the mountain. Idris ap Gwyddno was in fact referred to as Idris Gawr ("Idris the Giant") in some mediaeval genealogies of Meirionydd.The basic meaning of the word cadair (Middle Welsh/Early Modern Welsh kadeir or cadeir) is 'seat, chair' (borrowed from the Latin cathedra 'chair'). In place names cadair can mean 'stronghold, fort, fortress' or 'mountain or hill shaped like a chair'. The spelling cader represents a spoken variant of the standard form cadair.
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  • Just do it. A very special experience with great views of inland and coast. Make sure you are well equipped as weatherconditions can change suddenly.  more »
  • Started mountain hiking last year thanks to my better half. This is the second one we did and I have to say it was an amazing experience. The weather was really unforgiving as we were in thick fog, ra...  more »
  • We hiked up the Cadair Idris in May. Unfortunately we had a rainy and cloudy day, the summit was super misty and without view. The Pony Path up is really easy going and you can not miss it. It leads y...  more »

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