Mend Snowdonia (Cader Idris)

by Mend Our Mountains in Tabor, Wales, United Kingdom

We did it
On 18th June 2019 we successfully raised £12,068 with 265 supporters in 281 days

Following the success of our Cader Idris path repair crowdfunder, we are now accepting ongoing donations of support.

by Mend Our Mountains in Tabor, Wales, United Kingdom

During our original crowdfunding campaign, we successfully raised £11,598 with 256 wonderful supporters. We are now continuing to accept donations to keep repairs going. Find out more about our original plans below.

Welcome to the Mend Our Mountains Cader Idris appeal. 

We're trying to raise £16,000 for Cader Idris in Snowdonia. Shrouded in myth and legend, Cader Idris is one of the most spectacular – and popular – mountains in Wales. But it is vulnerable. We need your help to raise £16,000 to help protect its future.

By the numbers

  • Cader Idris is used by 70,000 people every year – less than Snowdon but still enough to take a big toll on the mountain.
  • £40,000 – the cost of airlifting the stone (done by helicopter). This doesn’t include any costs like raw material or labour.
  • £12,000 – how much the last Mend Our Mountains campaign raised toward repairs on Snowdon – this time round we’re hoping to raise 10 times as much to make a wholesale difference to Cader Idris.

1536171853_beinn%20ghlo.jpgThe project

Two main routes onto Cader Idris have fallen badly into disrepair and desperately need repair. This is in part because resources have been funnelled into protecting Snowdon, Britain’s most popular mountain for walkers. It’s a real issue in Snowdonia – there is an enormous quantity of brilliant, rugged and vulnerable upland that needs care but is often neglected because of the huge toll on Snowdon.

The two paths, Mynydd Moel and Minffordd Path, both need significant work. On Mynydd Moel, a large patch of unstable scree has opened up with serious consequences for safety and navigation. And the Minffordd Path needs to have the steps around Cwm Cau fixed or replaced.

Erosion damage on the Mynydd Moel path. Photo: Snowdonia National Park Authority

The sites are ecologically sensitive as well, and access for repair is challenging. All of this combines to make the work in Snowdonia expensive and time-consuming.

The solution

We need your support to build high-quality, stone-flagged sections of path in the most damaged areas of these routes. The work being done by Snowdonia’s National Park Authority will stabilise rough ground, and create clear routes through difficult terrain. You can donate now and help us push on with this work to improve all of Snowdonia, for everyone.


Before + after shots from work on Snowdon in the last Mend Our Mountains campaign. Photos: Snowdonia NPA

Incredible rewards

To help us reach this total (and those in our other Mend Our Mountains projects) we're working with a huge number of partners, many of whom have made incredibly kind donations - you can see some of them below.



It means we can offer an amazing range of rewards - from t-shirts and mugs to unique experiences. You can see all of these, many of which are exclusive to Snowdonia, on the right. We think there's something for everyone, on any kind of budget, and we've worked hard to make sure our partners are offering you something really great in return for your valuable pledge.

And it's not just about Snowdonia. As you've probably guessed, Mend Our Mountains is a huge campaign, spanning the entire family of 15 UK National Parks. We've got 13 primary projects in 11 parks, and every park will benefit in some way. Crowdfunding is just part of what we're doing - we want to raise £1,000,000 in total, the most ambitious campaign of its type ever.

If you want to take a look at all the projects in the appeal, and see how close we're getting to our overall target, check out the Mend Our Mountains Crowdfunder Homepage

Special thanks is due to Natural Resources Wales, who facilitated the creation of the fantastic footage available in our promotional films. 

Pledge today and protect Cader Idris for the future.


Reward images

Organic cotton Mend Our Mountain tees. Sizes shown: Men’s Medium, Women’s Small.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

Mend Our Mountains T-shirt

Mend Our Mountains T-shirt with unique 'Beaten Track' artwork, designed by artist Tessa Lyons, on the front. Check out how it looks further down this page.

£10 or more

15% Discount at Cotswolds Outdoor and Snow+Rock

Use in-store or online. Our Headline Sponsors are showing the love for Mend Our Mountains with a great discount across loads of outdoor products.

£10 or more

ChiaCharge 20% off

Pledge £10 to get a discount code off online purchases at Minimum pre-discount purchase £20, other Ts and Cs apply.

£15 or more

Mend Our Mountains Mug

A beautiful bone china mug with design by acclaimed artist Tessa Lyons.

£15 or more

0 of 2 claimed

50% off Tent Meals voucher

Fuel your mountain adventures.

£20 or more

6 of 30 claimed

ChiaCharge Sample Pack

Get a tasty sample of ChiaCharge goodies when you donate £20 (or more). Check out photos on this page. The pack contains 11 items! See below for details. 6 Mini Flapjacks - 2 each original, banana and berry flapjacks 30g 3 Karma Bars - 1 each Karma bars each, Cocoa Karma, Coffee Karma and Cashew Karma 35g 2 Peanut Butter Flapjacks - 1 each New Peanut Butter and Cocoa Peanut Butter Flapjacks 50g RRP £10

£25 or more

Snowdonia Goody Bag

Receive a Snowdonia National Park ‘Goody Bag’! Goody bag includes a SNPA keyring, SNPA car badge, Cader Idris guide book, SNPA pin badge, SNPA biro and SNPA magnet.

£30 or more

Great Value discounted BMC membership

Support Mend Our Mountains even more by becoming a member of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) - the nation's representative body for walkers, climbers and mountaineers. (for non-BMC members)

£30 or more

Snowdonia Print, by Sarah Edmonds

Receive a beautiful print of Snowdonia, created by artist Sarah Edmonds.

£30 or more

Voucher - 20% off

20% voucher off of any purchase at Snowdonia National Park’s Information Centres (located at Beddgelert, Betws y Coed, Aberdyfi). This excludes any other offers and items sold on a commission basis.

£50 or more

Mend Our Mountains Hoodie

Limited edition Mend Our Mountains Hoodie with unique 'Beaten Track' artwork, designed by Tessa Lyons, on the back.

£50 or more

0 of 5 claimed

‘Ysgwrn’ family ticket

Receive a family ticket to Yr Ysgwrn, SNPA’s historic farmhouse in the heart of Snowdonia. Discover the story of Hedd Wyn, poet of the Black Chair, who fell in Flanders during WW1 and soon become Wales’ symbol of a lost generation. Visit us to learn about life on a traditional Welsh farm at the turn of the C20. A warm welcome awaits you! A family ticket provides entry for two adults and up to three children to Yr Ysgwrn.

£60 or more

4 of 5 claimed

Columbia 'Explorer' 20l bag in Red

Columbia are supporting every UK National Park with amazing kit, and now they're supporting Mend Our Mountains too. This unisex backpack is a top choice for days on the hills, with well thought out features that improve every aspect of your hike. Roll top closure provides easy access, while the multi-point lash down system keeps everything in place.

£60 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Afternoon Tea for 2 at Plas Tan y Bwlch

Receive a voucher for a splendid afternoon tea for two participants in the Dwyryd tea room at Plas Tan y Bwlch, SNPA’s historic house and gardens. The Dwyryd tea room is open from Easter to the end of October.

£60 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Sunday Lunch at Plas Tan y Bwlch

Receive a voucher for a traditional Welsh Sunday lunch for two at Plas Tan y Bwlch, SNPA’s historic house and gardens. Sunday Lunch will need to be booked in advanced, and includes a three course lunch with tea or coffee.

£175 or more

0 of 2 claimed

2 night stay for up to 4 people in a private room

Courtesy of YHA Stays - 2 nights for up to 4 people in a private family room, at any appropriate YHA nationally subject to availability. Other Ts and Cs apply.

£250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Mountain Equipment 'Firefox' jacket - Women's

A brilliantly versatile jacket from Mountain Equipment, the 'Firefox Axel' is an incredible Gore-Tex layer to keep you going in any weather. Comes in 'Lagoon' blue. Make sure to choose your size from 'Options'. Courtesy of Trekitt.

£300 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Weekend stay at Plas Tan y Bwlch for 2 people

Enjoy a fabulous weekend away in the Welsh hills through this offer of a weekend stay at Plas Tan y Bwlch, SNPA’S historic house and gardens ( The weekend stay compromises dinner, bed and breakfast and will need to be booked in advanced and is subject to availability.

£400 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Climbing day in North Wales with James McHaffie

Climb the line of your dreams with the 'Dark Lord of British Trad'. At a mutually convenient time, in North Wales.

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

See the sunset from the summit of Cader Idris

Enjoy the sunset from Cadair Idris on a guided walk with a Plas y Brenin instructor for you and up to 5 friends, and see first-hand the impact Mend our Mountains will have on this mythical place. You'll enjoy a spectacular view as the sun goes down and some legendary Plas y Brenin cake. As darkness falls, your instructor will guide you safely back down and then whisk you back to Plas y Brenin to enjoy a well-earned sleep.

£10 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Montane 25th Anniversary Chief

British brand Montane is celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2018, pledge £10 and receive a limited edition Montane Chief; multi-purpose fast drying headwear that can be used to protect the head, neck or face. Featuring a repeat pattern of the Montane 25th Logo pattern on the iconic Montane orange background. Sure to be a collector's item.

£15 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Columbia 'Watch Cap II'

Columbia are supporting every UK National Park with amazing kit, and now they're supporting Mend Our Mountains too. A year-round staple fashioned in classic sailor-cap style, featuring a cozy acrylic-nylon blend with vertical ribs for fit and comfort.

£20 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Pack of 12 Clif Bars.

Delicious Choc Chip flavour. Fuel your mountain adventures.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Montane Prism Glove

Win a Pair of Montane’s amazing Prism Gloves (RRP £45.00), these revolutionary PrimaLoft insulated, and Pertex outer fabric warm gloves have a micro pack size and a superb warmth to weight ratio., Ideal as multi-use gloves that will live unnoticed in your pack or pocket, they can easily be pulled on when needed.

£125 or more

1 of 1 claimed

2 tickets to Zip World Titan in Blaenau Ffestiniog

Voucher for two entries to Zip World Titan, the largest zip zone in Europe. Ts and Cs apply.

£125 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Grivel C2 Crampon set

Get out in the hills in winter with this quality crampon set from Grivel. The Air Tech New Matic C2 Crampons are "classic 12-point C2 crampons designed for general mountaineering, alpinism, mixed and ice climbing". Courtesy of Trekitt.

£125 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Arc'teryx Brize 32L

A serious pack for serious days out. Grab this Arc'teryx 32 litre bag when you pledge now. Arc'teryx call it: "a technical hiking pack that easily transitions to travel and daily use". Courtesy of Trekitt.

£250 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Mountain Equipment 'Firefox' jacket - Men's

A brilliantly versatile jacket from Mountain Equipment, the 'Firefox Axel' is an incredible Gore-Tex layer to keep you going in any weather. Comes in 'Kiwi' green. Make sure you choose your size from 'Options'. Courtesy of Trekitt.

£250 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Pair of DMM Raptor Ice Axes

Get your hands on a pair of DMM Raptor 50cm Axes - they come with Adze and Hammer, and are an ideal piece of technical equipment for mountaineering use. DMM say: "A versatile tool for mountaineering, winter walking and classic climbs." Courtesy of Trekitt.

£1,250 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Five days dedicated climbing coaching for two

A big reward! You and your climbing partner will develop your technique and build your confidence over five days of coaching with a top Plas y Brenin Instructor on world-class Welsh rock. You’ll benefit from personalised input on all areas of your climbing, including technique, movement, your training methodology and psychological approach. Includes accommodation in a shared room, all your meals and kit hire.

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