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Thursday 22 August 2013

Be active, be safe. Careful preparation encouraged to enjoy walking in Snowdonia.


As we approach the August Bank Holiday with thousands of families heading into Snowdonia for the last holiday weekend of the summer MountainSafe are encouraging walkers to take advantage of the large number of alternative walking trails in Snowdonia. However, with the current unsettled weather, preparation is essential.
Mair Huws, Head of Wardens and Access at Snowdonia National Park Authority explains further: "Walking on mountains can be very difficult whatever the weather unless you′ve prepared beforehand. 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 on our website,
"Once you decide where you′re going, please remember to prepare for your journey to be safe, as well as enjoyable even in Summer:
1. Prepare beforehand − take a map, compass and make sure that you take plenty of water
2. Dress your children suitable − sun hat, sun cream, wet weather and warm clothes just in case!
3. 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
4. Respect the mountain and local communities, follow the Countryside Code and remember to take rubbish home."

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