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Cadair Idris – Snowdonia’s second favourite mountain peak


Cadair Idris is Wales’ second most popular mountain (after Snowdon) and is just a few miles north-east of Tywyn in the south-west corner of Snowdonia. The mountain is a collection of three peaks which are said to form the “chair of Idris”. The peaks are Pen y Gadair, which forms the head of the chair; Cyfrwy, the saddle; and Mynydd Moel, the bare mountain. Welsh mythology has it that this “chair” was used by Idris the giant when contemplating the heavens. Alternatively, the mountain may have been named after Idris ap Gwyddno, a 7th-century Meirionnydd prince, who defeated the Irish in battle on the mountain. This feat may have been sufficiently noteworthy to elevate Idris’ status to that of a ‘giant’ amongst men leading to his immortalisation as the giant of Cadair Idris. As an aside, Idris was the son of Gwyddno who many have linked with Gwyddno Granhir, ruler of the submerged hundred.

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