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Sherpa buses now running the high season service

The Sherpa bus service is now running the high season timetable, with very frequent buses from the Park & Ride at Nant Peris, and a more frequent service all round the mountain.

Parking at Pen y Pass

Parking at Pen y Pass has now reverted to pre-booking for a fourth season.

Trains start running

Trains are now running to Clogwyn, ¾ of the way up the mountain.

No summit facilities yet

Although trains are running to Clogwyn, they will not return to the summit until 15 May 2024, weather permitting. Therefore Hafod Eryri, the summit building, is still closed and there are no facilities at all at the summit.

No bins at Rhyd Ddu in April

For most of the month of April, the bins are being removed at Rhyd Ddu as an experiment to see if more people can be encouraged to take their rubbish home with them, and to then recycle as much as possible. We’ll follow this one with interest.

Water-filling facilities

Water refill taps have now been placed in several car parks at the foot of Snowdon, namely at Pen y Pass, Rhyd Ddu, Nant Peris (Park & Ride) and Pont Bethania (for the Watkin Path). This covers all the main paths except the Llanberis Path (which has no SNPA car park) and the Snowdon Ranger (which has no mains water).

New mobile signal at Rhyd Ddu

Two new masts have recently been erected near Rhyd Ddu station. Whilst one only currently allows connectivity only for the emergency services, the other can be used by anyone on EE. This will likely be widened at some future point to other operators, a move which will considerably improve communications on both the Rhyd Ddu Path and Snowdon Ranger Path.

Gully clearing

March 2024 saw gully clearing and some path repair (after flood damage) on the lower Miners’ Track between Pen y Pass and Llyn Teyrn.

 

Launching COPA 1

In February 2024, the National Park Authority launched COPA 1 (‘copa’ is Welsh for ‘summit’), a competition aimed at secondary school children to devise Big Ideas regarding ways of reducing litter and the presence of single-use plastic on Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) and Eryri (Snowdonia) more widely. Shortlisted entries (chosen in June) will be invited to present their ideas at a summit meeting to be held on the mountain itself on 24 September 2024.

You can read more about this on the Park’s website here.

 

‘Yr Wyddfa’ (rather than ‘Snowdon’)

In mid-November 2022 a meeting of the Snowdonia National Park Authority confirmed their intention to only use the names ‘Yr Wyddfa’ for Snowdon and ‘Eryri’ for Snowdonia in the future. However, it will be a gradual transition, with their current policy (using the Welsh names first with the English names in brackets) continuing for the time being. You can read more about this on the National Park website and on this BBC report. (By the way, you will see that the name ‘Yr Wyddfa’ appears on most pages on this website, and is the name of choice on our blog pages.)

Full fibre broadband heading for the summit

There is already a good 4G mobile signal at the summit, but BT Openreach are currently in the process of connecting Hafod Eryri, the summit building, to the Llanberis exchange with full fibre broadband, (Inside, the mobile signal is very poor.) This will run underground in a culvert as new poles are not permitted on the mountain.

Not yet completed, it will improve the likes of contactless payments in the cafe, and a small mobile communications mast will provide emergency mobile coverage for mountain rescue services.

You can read a news report here.

A plastic-free Snowdon?

Yr Wyddfa‘s popularity means that litter and waste is becoming a real threat to the mountain’s sustainable future. Following a consultation period, the National Park Authority has appointed a ‘plastic-free Yr Wyddfa’ officer. The plan is to create a clear and ambitious strategy to reduce the amount of waste on Yr Wyddfa’s paths and help businesses to transition from single-use plastics. You can read more about the scheme and how we can all help, and watch a YouTube clip about it.

Improved signage for Crib Goch

Plans are in hand to place further signage near Bwlch y Moch on the Pyg Track to stop people accidentally heading up Crib Goch, thinking that it is the main route up to Snowdon. (This usually happens when people blindly follow those in front.)

Path maintenance on the lower Watkin Path

Path improvement work is being undertaken in three places on the lower Watkin Path. This will help a great deal to reduce erosion. In one place, sheep fleece is being used to ‘float’ a gravel path across a boggy area, such as is described here.

Path maintenance on the upper Watkin Path

Funding is now in place to see the work continuing laying steps on the upper part of the Watkin Path. However, the contractor is currently working elsewhere so nothing will be happening immediately.

Path maintenance on Allt Maenderyn (the South Ridge)

A line of helibags has been placed near the top of Allt Maenderyn (the South Ridge) where the path here is being improved by the National Trust. Although not one of the 6 main paths up Snowdon, this route forms part of the Cambrian Way.

Path maintenance in Cwm Llan

The National Trust (the landowner) is currently upgrading the section of path between Bwlch Cwm Llan and the old tramway. A line of helibags marks the location. This route is used if returning from Allt Maenderyn (the South Ridge) to the lower Watkin Path, and forms part of the Cambrian Way.

Bwlch Maesgwm loop path upgrade

The Right of Way directly linking the bottom of the Llanberis Path to the Bwlch Maesgwm bridleway has recently been considerably upgraded and improved. To see more about this route and this specific section, see our Bwlch Maesgwm page.


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