Walkers in Snowdonia are being encouraged by the MountainSafe Partnership to take advantage of the large number of walking trails as an alternative to the summits. However, with the unsettled weather, preparation is essential.
Mair Huws, Head of Wardens and Access at Snowdonia National Park Authority explains, “Walking on mountains can be very difficult if the weather’s hot, especially when you can’t shelter from the sun. Also, taking tired young children to a mountain summit isn’t fun and it can result in children having very negative attitudes towards walking for the rest of their lives! Please remember that you don’t have to venture to the high summits to enjoy the beauty of Snowdonia. What about taking one of the lowland routes or some of the forest trails – Coed y Brenin near Dolgellau or the Fisherman’s Path near Beddgelert or the Aber Falls path near Abergwyngregyn?”
There are plenty of suggestions for family walks on the Snowdonia National Park website, www.eryri-npa.gov.uk/visiting/walking/family-walks
Once you decide where you’re going, remember that you need to prepare for your journey to be safe, even in summer:
- Prepare beforehand – take a map, compass and make sure that you take plenty of water
- Dress suitably – sun hat, sun cream, waterproofs and thermal baelayers – just in case!
- Weather – take a look at the Met Office’s forecast for Snowdonia and don’t be afraid to cancel your walk if conditions are unsuitable
- Respect the mountain and local communities, follow the Countryside Code and remember to take rubbish home.