Cader Idris 'conquered'!
I’ve long wanted to climb Cader Idris and see Llyn Cau. Finally during the last weekend of May (2009) I did!! The path was actually much, much easier than we expected (I convinced the bf to come) but this was due to our rather disastrous walking on one of Mt Blanc’s summer paths.
The path is the black line. We left from the car park and went to Llyn Cau before climbing the heights and doing the full ridge top loop back to the car park. Including the stop at the lake, the whole walk took us 5 hours. As it was a nice day, we were by no means to only ones climbing the ‘mountain’.
This is the path on the way to Llyn Cau.
Llyn Cau. Cader is the half seen hill to the right.
Here I tried to take a photo showing how the lake has a short, flat shallow area before plunging down, down, down. I think that it would be very eerie and scary to swim in as the water is so clear but so deep that you can’t see the bottom (it’s apparently nearly 50m deep!) (I’ve swam in Fraser Island's lakes which have a shallow shelf and then plunge down into darkness).
I tried the water with a hand. Very cold.
Llyn Cau seen from Craig Cau.
The path and ridge of Craig Cau. (Tal-y-llyn is hidden on the other side of the ridge) seen from the slopes of Cader Idris.
Llyn Cau, Craig Cau (middle) and Cader (right) seen from the direction of the Myndd Moel. Current Mood: accomplished