Home to Wales’ highest mountain and a recognised AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), the National Park is a staple for adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts.
As the highest peak in Wales and one of the Three Peaks, Snowdon garners much attention, not only from seasoned hikers, but also from tourists looking to get out into the wild. The railway that travels from Llanberis to the summit carries nearly 150,000 passengers annually, opening up the possibility of standing atop one of the UK’s highest points to everyone.
Whilst this is fantastic for opening up the mountains to everyone, and tourism for the National Park, the ease of access makes Snowdon a very, very busy place. Personally, one of the reasons I love the mountains is the tranquillity and the sense of wilderness...
Not at Snowdon’s summit, however.
Swathes of people queue to take a selfie at the trig point, whilst hundreds more file into the cafe to buy refreshments. Again, this is great as far as inclusion is concerned but it’s not what I want from a day in the mountains. Not at all.