GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Cnicht Walk

3 miles (5.5 km)

Climb to the 'MatterhornofWales' on this challenging walk from the village of Croesorin 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 689m (2,260ft) 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 Croesorwhere 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!


LL48 6SS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


The National Park car park at Croesor - - 2650944

The National Park car park at Croesor

The footpath between Croesor and Cnight - - 2650474

The footpath between Croesor and Cnight

The footpath up Cnicht - - 2650479

Grassy path view

Ladder stile on the path up Cnicht - - 2650502

Ladder stile

Southwest approaches to Cnicht - - 665041

Southwest approaches. A pleasant stroll up grassy hillside, until the final steep ridge is met.

Looking back down the ridge - - 495275

Looking back down the ridge

Cairn on plateau below Cnicht summit - - 167403

Cairn on plateau below Cnicht summit. Although it is not particularly evident on the contour maps, there is a significant sized level plateau to the southwest of the Cnicht summit. A great place to rest and possibly shelter from the wind before the final ascent. This cairn has been built in the middle of it, and the view shown is southeast off the open side of the shelf towards Moelwyn Mawr.

Summit of Cnicht (The Knight) - - 611112

Summit of Cnicht (The Knight). Approaching the summit from the north east and overlooking the coast at Porthmadog.

Elevation Profile


GPS Files

GPX File

Cnicht.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Cnicht.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)