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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  • August 8, 2017
    We took the shorter trail up to the lake Steep but worth it Allow at least 2 hours to get up to the lake and back  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    What wonderful view and experience, it's joy to see every day l wake and see the view when the sun comes up to wake up Cader ldris, it makes you realise how lucky you are to be alive.  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    Did the pony path today , it is a good walk of 6 miles in total , you gain height very quickly , we parked in the car park on Cader road , around 3 miles outside Dolgellau , the road actually starts i...  more »

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