Cnicht from the west



689m - 2260ft

Cnicht, 689m (2,260ft) is a mountain in Snowdonia which forms part of the Moelwynion mountain range.

It is also known as the "Matterhorn of Wales" because of its appearance when viewed from the south-west, i.e. from the direction of Porthmadog. In reality Cnicht is a long ridge and, at 689 m, not particularly high. It can be easily ascended from Croesor, the village at its foot, or from Nant Gwynant to the north-west.

Although regarded by most people as a mountain in its own right, it does not in fact have enough prominence to separate it from its parent Allt-fawr. Hence it is not a Marilyn.

The mountain gets its name from the old English word 'knight', the silent 'k' being pronounced at that time. It is said that the shape of the mountain bears a similarity with a knight's helmet.

It appears as the "Saeth" in Patrick O'Brian's 1952 novel Three Bear Witness (published as Testimonies in the USA), which is set in a fictionalised version of Cwm Croesor. O'Brian and his wife lived in the valley between 1946 and 1949.




Last Updated: 8 May 2017