Majestic Welsh Mountains

Published on 2021-07-10 / By hammy@trefeddian

The mountains are what make our Welsh landscapes so distinctive. Snowdonia boasts an impressive 124 peaks. Enjoy the great outdoors in stunning surroundings by climbing one of these remarkable peaks and soak in the incredible views.

One of our favourites is the forgotten mountain of the Cader Range, Tarren Hendre, just on the doorstep of the Trefeddian. Standing at an impressive 1590ft, this is not a summit for the faint-hearted. The mountain can be climbed from either Pennal or Abergynolwyn, the latter being the most popular route.  

Taking you though Bryneglwys Quarry, past beautiful waterfalls and though stunning landscape, it is well worth the climb for the exquisite views across the Dovey valley to the sea. The summit can be found by a marked Cairn and a conspicuous mound to the south-east thought to be the remains of a Bronze Age round-barrow.

On a beautiful day, the more energetic of us may don our walking boots and take a stomp up Cader Idris. This is a tough walk and one which requires lots of yummy snacks, water and good navigation skills.

For grandeur and rugged beauty, few locations equal Cader Idris, a spectacular chain of peaks in the south of Snowdonia National Park. The highest peak - and one of Wales’ highest mountains - is Penygadair and the views from the summit overlook most of Wales, from the Llŷn Peninsula in the north-west to the Brecon Beacons in the south-east.

The rocky peaks of Cader Idris were formed by volcanic processes and later sculpted over many Ice Ages by glaciers as they thawed and shattered the rocks. The remarkable geology supports a wealth of wildlife and special plants, and a large part of the mountain has been designated as a National Nature Reserve.

If you aren’t as energetic as us but still want to say you’ve scaled a Welsh mountain, why not cheat and take the train to the summit of Snowdon?

Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa in Welsh) is the highest mountain in Wales and England. It's one of our most famous and recognisable landmarks and is well worth a visit. Standing tall over the village of Llanberis, Snowdon is a part of a close-knit family of jagged peaks and can offer views of Snowdonia, Anglesey, Pembrokeshire and Ireland.

Taking you to the rooftop of Wales, the Snowdon Mountain Railway reaches 3560ft to the summit of Wales’ highest Mountain.  

Described as one of the most unique and wonderful railways in the world, it has been taking passengers to the summit since 1896. With stunning scenery and awe inspiring views, this is a great day out for all the family.