Climb to the 'Matterhorn of Wales' on this challenging walk from the village of Croesor in Gwynedd. Although several thousand metres lower, Cnicht has a similar appearance to the famous mountain of the Alps.
It's about a 2 mile walk from the village to the 689 m (2,260 ft) summit. It's generally a good stony path with some grassy sections as well. There is some scrambling required as you make your way to the top though. Cnicht is generally a very peaceful place with stunning views to the coast at Porthmadog from the summit.
The walk begins in Croesor where there is a small car park. Then head north out of the village on a country lane before a stony track climbs through woodland. When you come out of the woodland section there are splendid views of the surrounding hills and mountains. The path continues in a north easterly direction, climbing steadily towards the summit.
You can turn it into a longer circular walk by descending to Cwm Croseor and returning along the Afon Croesor.
You can virtually climb to Cnicht using the google street view link below!
PostcodeLL48 6SS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Cnicht Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Cnicht Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Cnicht OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Cnicht Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Back in Croesor you can enjoy some well earned rest and refreshment at the Oriel Caffi. The cosy cafe serves a good range of paninis, platters and salads with some delicious cakes to enjoy after.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The delightful village of Maentwrog lies just a couple of miles south of the car park. In the riverside settlement you can visit the beautiful Plas Tan y Bwlch Gardens before heading to the picturesque Llyn Mair.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Snowdonia Walks page.