Llyn Cau, Cadair Idris

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A huge, dramatic glacial cwm in the crater of Cadair Idris set beneath 400m high mountain walls. It’s a 350m ascent up from the car park, past numerous falls and pools, so even if the lake is cold you’ll be warm when you arrive.

Place Categories: Lake Swims and Wild Swim.Place Tags: swim and wildswimming.

suzannemcbride says:

There is a small stony beach at the west end of the llyn: if you come up the Minfordd path, head around the lake on the right and it’s an easy scramble down to your left at the very end of the water where a small stream enters the llyn. The beach is easy on the feet and slopes gently into the water until about mid-thigh depth, after which it shelves away. With care, you can squeeze a couple of small tents in on the grass nearby. As the cwm faces east, if the sky is clear you can start your day by swimming in the perfect clear water in beautiful morning sunshine: I did, and it was wonderful.

Duma and friends says:

Have wanted to swim here since climbing the mountain back in the Spring when the snow was a bit off-putting.
With the sun on the lake it is wonderfully blue and clear. There are lots of places where you can walk straight in via the rocky beach, but three of us went for a more dramatic dive from a rock.
A glacial lake and the mountain gives a stunning backdrop to a blissful swim on a hot day.

Rachel Wood says:

Breathtaking walk with stunning views of babbling brooks and majestic mountain tops. Lots of steps at the bottom of the walk but it was well worth it. We went on a beautiful sunny day and our 14 year old son swam in the crystal clear lake. He said it was one of the best days of his life.

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