Despite its modest height (689m) Cnicht is one of the most visually striking peaks in Snowdonia. Although sometimes referred to as the Welsh Matterhorn, on closer inspection it reveals itself to be less a pyramid shape than a narrow ridge. Regardless of its illusory shape Cnicht is a fine peak tucked away in a peaceful part of the National Park.
Climbing it in a single up-down push is very worthwhile, but if you have more time a full circuit of Cwm Croesor is a real hill walking treat. The circuit takes you round the top of Cwm y Foel with its many dolerite boulders and across to the atmospheric mine ruins at Bwlch Rhosydd and Croesor. This is a fascinating area to potter about in with some intriguing relics of an industrial time long since past. The view down Cwm Orthin is excellent too.
The circuit finishes with an ascent of the quietly magnificent Moelwyn Mawr and its younger sister, Moelwyn Bach, just to the south. All that remains is a trot down the western ridge and a steep lane leading back to the pretty and secluded Croesor.
This is mountain terrain so always Prepare Well and Know Your Limits. During the winter season, typically from late October to April, there is a high probability that snow and ice will be encountered under foot. In these conditions ice axe and crampons are essential. Click the Safety & Access button below for more info.
It is normal to start the walk from Croesor where you will find a public car park and cafe.
Safety & Access
Enjoy the Mountains Safely. Here are a few words of advice from Snowdonia’s Mountain Safe Partnership.
1. Prepare Well
have the right equipment with you for the best and worst-case scenario! You’ll need a map and compass, torch, food and drink, whistle, first aid kit and a fully charged mobile phone.
2. Have the latest weather and ground information.
Check the Met Office Mountain Weather forecast for Snowdonia before you set out and be prepared to turn back if the weather worsens – the mountains will still be here for you to enjoy the next time you visit.
3. Dress appropriately
the weather and temperature can change dramatically between the foot of the mountain and the summit. You’ll need strong walking boots, several layers of clothing including warm ones, gloves, a hat and waterproof jacket and trousers.
4. Know where you're going
Plan your route before setting off and ask for local advice. Have a map and compass and know how to use them and choose a route which is suitable for you and your group’s experience and fitness level. Find out how long it should take and when it gets dark.
5. Know your limits
whilst being very enjoyable, getting out into the mountains can be hard work – challenge yourself but be aware of the fitness levels, and experience of the group as a whole – not just your own.
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Hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.