Snowdonia (Cader Idris)

Shrouded in myth and legend, Cadair Idris is one of the most spectacular – and popular – mountains in Wales. But it is vulnerable. With many thousands climbing it every year, your help is needed to protect its future.

By numbers

  • Cader Idris is used by 70,000 people every year – less than Snowdon but still enough to take a big toll on the mountain.
  • £40,000 – the cost of airlifting the stone (done by helicopter). This doesn’t include any costs like raw material or labour.
  • The paths on Cader Idris were last reviewed in the 1990s – almost 30 years ago.
  • £12,000 – how much the last Mend Our Mountains campaign raised toward repairs on Snowdon – this time round we’re hoping to raise 10 times as much to make a wholesale difference to Cader Idris.

WATCH: ‘Mend Snowdonia’ on BMCTV

The project

Two main routes onto Cader Idris have fallen badly into disrepair and desperately need repair. This is in part because resources have been funnelled into protecting Snowdon, Britain’s most popular mountain for walkers. It’s a real issue in Snowdonia – there is an enormous quantity of brilliant, rugged and vulnerable upland that needs care but is often neglected because of the huge toll on Snowdon.

The two paths, Mynydd Moel and Minffordd Path, both need significant work. On Mynydd Moel, a large patch of unstable scree has opened up with serious consequences for safety and navigation. And the Minffordd Path needs to have the steps around Cwm Cau fixed or replaced.

The sites are ecologically sensitive as well, and access for repair is challenging. All of this combines to make the work in Snowdonia expensive and time-consuming.

How we solve it

We need your support to build high-quality, stone-flagged sections of path in the most damaged areas of these routes. The work being done by Snowdonia’s National Park Authority will stabilise rough ground, and create clear routes through difficult terrain. You can donate now and help us push on with this work to improve all of Snowdonia, for everyone.

Thanks to the generosity of thousands, the Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million appeal has succeeded in raising enough money to completely fund work on nearly all 13 of the projects we set out to support – a fantastic result.

Repairs have already started on several of these paths (see the blog for the latest updates), and the rest will be completed over the summer of 2019 and into 2020.

Enough funding has been raised for this project, Cader Idris, that significant restoration work can now go ahead. However, you are still very welcome to make a donation to Mend Our Mountains overall. Your money will go towards either supporting additional work on the projects listed on this website or helping to fund future Mend Our Mountains initiatives.

You can make a donation of any size – choose ‘Donate what you want’ – or select one of the other amounts.

All online donations are currently via PayPal – if you would prefer not to use this method or would like to make a large donation (£500~), please contact the team directly on All money raised goes via the BMC’s charity, the Access and Conservation Trust.

Personal Info

Reclaim Gift Aid

Add 25% more to your donation at no cost to you. A Gift Aid declaration allows Mend Mountains. Make One Million. to claim tax back on eligible donations. It means that for every £1 you donate to Mend Mountains. Make One Million. we can claim back 25p, at no extra cost to you.

By ticking the "Yes" box, I agree I would like Mend Mountains. Make One Million. to reclaim the tax on all qualifying donations I have made, as well as any future donations, until I notify them otherwise. I understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year I may be asked to pay any difference. I understand that Mend Mountains. Make One Million. will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give.

What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid does not cost you a penny more, but can add an additional 25p to every £1 you donate. When Mend Mountains. Make One Million. receives a donation from a UK taxpayer, we're entitled to claim an amount of tax (calculated at the basic rate of income tax in that year) paid on that donation. Once you have given your permission for us to do this on your behalf, there is no need for you to do anything else.

All that is required is that you must be a taxpayer and that would have paid or will pay sufficient Income and/or Capital Gains Tax to cover all the Gift Aid claimed on all your donations in that tax year. Please note that it is your responsibility to pay any difference.

The amount of tax we claim will be 25% of the total value of your donations in that tax year. Furthermore, if you are a higher taxpayer, you are also entitled to claim the difference between the basic rate which we will claim and the amount of tax you have actually paid. For further details on how you can do this, please contact your tax office. If your tax situation changes and your gifts will no longer be eligible for the Gift Aid scheme please contact us and we will amend your record accordingly.

Take me to my donation »

Donation Total: £10.00

About Us
Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million is a call to action to everyone who values the hills, mountains and landscapes of Britain. It aims to galvanise mass support for things we all use: the paths, bridleways and bridges which underpin our experiences in the great outdoors. Through a year-long appeal we aim to raise £1 million in total for a range of vital projects within the UK’s entire family of 15 National Parks. Navigate our website to find out more.
Follow Us