Cwm Idwal, Wales: A great wet weather walk, by TOM HUTTON

Posted on 28/08/2014

So often it happens that we find ourselves in the mountains for the weekend and rain barely stops falling and the cloud never lifts from the summits. Some days it’s ok to brave the worst of it and stick to the schedule regardless; although this is more about hardiness and determination than it is about fun.

Cwm Idwal5.JPGBut it’s also nice to have a plan B: a fall back option that gets you out for a few hours, still displays some of the sumptuous scenery you came here to see, and also helps you work up an appetite for a meal and a few drinks later.

If you’re in Snowdonia, you’ll have to go a long way to beat this one, which in just 6 miles, takes in two of the most spectacular cirques the area has to offer, climbs to an atmospheric col and offers some up close and personal views of some of the most imposing rock architecture in the country.

It can be shortened in places if needed too.


Click on the link to see a full route description with photos and inofrmatio no the waypoints.
From the route page on my.viewranger you will also be able to download the route for free, and once you've hit the 'synchronise' button in-app, it'll be stored on your phone, ready for when you're in the hills wanting to use its active navigate function to follow the route, however wet and foggy it is.

Then again, it might be nice and look like this...

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If you're not familiar with my.viewranger, our community site, this is what a route page looks like.
Remember to log into the site with the same account details you set up for your ViewRanger app in order to see all the information. my.vr cwm idwal route screenshot.JPG


Other blog posts for ViewRanger by Tom Hutton:


goats in Cwm Idwal 4.JPG

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Tom is a writer and photographer based in Snowdonia. As well as working for many of the UK’s leading mountain biking, walking and climbing magazines he also leads people in the mountains on foot and by bike.

Click here to see and favourite his ViewRanger profile page.

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