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.
- 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.
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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.
We’re almost done – but you can still donate
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 email@example.com. All money raised goes via the BMC’s charity, the Access and Conservation Trust.