The latest guests to conquer Cader Idris are Laurian Stokes and Peter Gilboy from Ash Vale, on the Surrey/Hampshire borders. They stayed with us towards the end of August 2009 and as you will see from their images they were blessed with great weather. They walked from The Old Rectory along the single track by the lake and then went up via the Minffordd Track. Once at the top of Pen y Gader (2,927 feet above sea level) they walked back to the summit of Craig Cau (2,594 ft) and then followed the fence line down to Rhiwogof farm above us. From there they walked down the farm’s drive and then after the cattle grid turned down left through the forest to the bottom of our drive. A circular walk that more and more of our guests are doing. Laurian and Peter recount their experiences below:

‘Hello John and Ricky, thank you once again for the warm welcome and a wonderful stay at The Rectory on the lake. The location is truly something special and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there – especially the delicious breakfasts and all the walking to work them off again! Here are some of our photos and feel free to use any on the blog as you wish. We’ve included some of our favourite shots – the light and colours of the lake, grass on the hillside, flowers and mist on the mountain were truly magical that day! The views from the top of Cader Idris were fantastic – as you say – we were really lucky with the weather (sadly our photographer cut off our legs – but beggars can’t be choosers!) We’ve also included one from our descent featuring ‘the fence’ from ‘John’s Fence Route’. Our legs are still a little stiff but we’re really thrilled that you talked us into doing this walk instead of Snowdon!’