Today we tackled our sixth mountain – which was Cadair Idris in Wales.
We set off early doors this morning to avoid the heat as much as we could so we left at 7:00am and arrived at Cadair at 9 ish!
We got so lucky with the weather – it was a really clear day so the views were amazing! I’d read that even on good days there can usually be cloud at the top so we were very fortunate!
It was a warm one but there were a few sections that were breezy and a few small streams along the way for Toby to paddle in!
There was a few mini waterfalls along the route also which Toby really enjoyed paddling in!
We did some research on the different routes as there are four main routes up Cadair Idris, we opted for the Pony Path so parked in the Ty Nant car park (£5 for the full day parking) the route was fairly easy to follow, not signposted as such but fairly easy to find our way.
The route we were supposed to be following was meant to be 6 miles, but both my fitness tracker and Toby’s PitPat have clocked 9 miles (Toby did 9.7) as he was off lead for a few little sections so I’m not sure if we detoured off at some point or went a long way round … but hey hum!
We walked for a total of 5 and a quarter hours today, we didn’t really rush – as always we stopped for plenty of photos and had a nice sit down in the sun for the food stop!
It was a tough walk – more because it was warm then anything else, but there were a few sections that were harder underfoot, with lots of loose rock and scree, which was difficult to negotiate as Sophie has a problem with one knee and I am having problems with one of my feet (Plantar fasciitis 😫) which made walking on the loose and jagged rocks a smidge painful – but it’s for two amazing causes so whatever little niggles or pains we have aren’t as important as why we are doing this challenge!
Toby managed admirably as always – he is a little mountain goat after all, the last section to get up to the trig point was a scramble (which I love!) and Toby was a complete trooper! I had to help him down a few of the steeper scramble sections on the descent but he was more than happy to have a lift 🙈
We hadn’t necessarily timed this walk so well as there was a Welsh Three Peaks Walk going on whilst we were walking – which meant less people were inclined to stop and talk to us, either because they assumed we were with the other challenge walkers or because they were on the challenge and rushing as they still had another mountain to go!
We did manage to speak to a few people who stopped us to ask a few questions – Toby’s backpack is always a great conversation starter – today he was wearing his “let’s talk prevention” labels.
The couple we spoke to had personal experience of mental health problems in their family so were interested to hear about the work of Papyrus and CALM they were very complementary about what we were doing which gave us a nice morale boost before the scramble to the top!
We’ve thoroughly enjoyed today’s walk and it is one I would definitely do again – I’d be interested to see it in more moody weather some time!
Once again thanks for reading and thank you for the support for our challenge to raise awareness for mental health and the prevention of young suicide.
We hope you have had a great Saturday! ❤️🐾