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Mountain or Hill:North Powys | Cadair Berwyn

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North Powys,
SY10 0BZ



Cadair Berwyn which translates to 'Chair of the White Summit', is the highest summit in the Berwyn range (Y Berwyn or Mynydd y Berwyn) and is an isolated and sparsely populated area on the border between Powys and Denbighshire, At the summit the views in all directions are stunning with Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia visible on a clear day.

The area is wild and largely vegetated by heather about one metre thick, with some acidic grassland and bracken. The peaks are lower than those in nearby Snowdonia and are rugged and have a distinctive character well worth exploring.

The main summits are Cadair Berwyn at 830 metres (2,723 ft) above sea level, Moel Sych at 827 metres (2,713 ft) and Cadair Bronwen at 784 metres (2,572 ft). The Berwyn range is crossed to the south-west by the B4391 Milltir Cerrig mountain pass at an altitude of 486 metres (1,594 ft).

Cadair Berwyn lies on main ridge of the Berwyns which runs north-south. The eastern side of the ridge is characterised by steep drops and crags including Craig Berwyn north of the summit and Craig y Llyn to the south. Craig y Llyn forms the headwall of a cwm, Further north along the ridge is Cadair Bronwen, whilst to south the ridge continues to Moel Sych meaning 'dry hill'.


Llangollen Tourist Information Centre


North Powys,
SY10 0BZ


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Map reference: SJ 073327  Lat: 52.88446 Long: -3.37898

Cadair Berwyn can be accessed via Pistyll Rhaeadr which is north-west of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, on the B4580. Drive through the main square past the Wynnstay Arms and turn right into Waterfall Street just before Greatorex, the corner shop; the waterfall is signposted above the shop. Continue along Waterfall Street for four miles until the road ends at the waterfall.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 18 miles from Gobowen station