THE MAWDDACH ROUND
This demanding marathon length circuit of the estuary takes in the summits of Cadair Idris to the South and its counterpart, Diffwys to the north.
The route is based on that devised and kindly supplied by David Pritchard, a keen fell-runner and long-time visitor to the estuary. It was conceived as a means of celebrating his 50th ascent of each mountain (“Why not do the two together?”) and very nearly served as a celebration of his own 50th year.
He very modestly described himself as “more of a fell-plodder than runner,” but clocked up a very creditable 6 h 25 min for the Round, including an estimated 10 minutes getting to and from his cottage to the start. It is David’s opinion that clockwise is the best way to tackle the route.
Whether you walk or run the Round, this route goes into a high mountain environment where the weather can change dramatically and suddenly, and where slips and falls can have the severest of consequences. In order to complete the Round you will need to be well equipped in terms of fitness, kit and knowledge and it should not be undertaken by the inexperienced.
The route is not way-marked and the information on the route card is for guidance only. You will need both map and compass (and the knowledge to use them) to find your way around. The route is covered by 1:25000 Outdoor Leisure Maps 23 & 18.
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