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Lay-bys blocked in the Llanberis Pass 15/10/2003

Llanberis Pass - blocked lay-by

Nant Peris based landowner and farmer Ken Griffiths has blocked off a series of rough lay-bys on the south side of the road between Pen y Pass and Pont y Gromlech.

These ‘unofficial’ parking sites had traditionally been used by climbers accessing crags such as Craig Fach in the upper reaches of the Pass. On busy weekends they acted as an overspill from the nearby main Pen y Pass car park for Snowdon bound hill walkers.

The knock on effect of this reduction in parking facilities has been increased pressure on the legitimate parking places at Pont y Gromlech. Late arrivals at the Pen y Pass car park, upon finding that there are no available spaces have continued down the valley to the Pont y Gromlech lay-by to park, before catching a bus back to Pen y Pass.

Unfortunately this leaves the Pont y Gromlech lay-by blocked all day on a busy weekend. This is traditionally a popular pull in spot for passing tourists keen to get a photograph of the dramatic Llanberis Pass, and there is normally a fast turnover of visitors. Even the climbers who use these parking spaces when accessing crags in the Pass rarely stay for longer than 3-4 hours and have often been and gone within 1-2 hours if they have come to boulder on the famous Cromlech blocks.

With a view to relieving pressure on the Pont y Gromlech parking spaces, Snowdonia National Park Authority warden Sam Roberts gave the following advice to Snowdon bound walkers,

“We recommend that if the Pen y Pass car park is full, that walkers wishing to ascend Snowdon park at the side of the non clearway road (i.e. the Capel Curig to Beddgelert road) by the Pen y Gwryd hotel, before catching the bus, or making the 20 minute walk back up to Pen y Pass. Another popular alternative is to Park in Llanberis and catch a bus up to Pen y Pass, then follow the Llanberis path down from the summit to return to your car. This is a wonderful way to take in the Snowdon summit, and certainly no more strenuous than the return walk back to Pen y Pass.”

Climbers wishing to approach Craig Fach can still access the crag by dropping in from the PYG track that leads out of the Pen y Pass car park.

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