Respite for Snowdon
Have you ever wondered which of the six established paths up Snowdon is the least busy? Or which day of the week you're most likely to have the mountain to yourself?
If so, the recently compiled Snowdonia National Park 2011 visitor figures should help you. The quietest route turned out to be the Snowdon Ranger Path with 12186 walkers, while Mondays saw the fewest walkers on the mountain with 42182 pairs of boots on that day over the whole year.
The Llanberis Path is the most popular (124745) and unsurprisingly, being at the height of the school and summer holidays, August is the busiest month as 71056 people were drawn to Snowdon's slopes.
The total footfall figure (one-way) on Snowdon's main paths for 2011 was 404188 walkers - these figures don't include train passengers. This is a 6% decrease on 2010's total of 430258.
For the National Park's footpath teams, responsible for maintaining the routes, this is likely to be a relief since the 18% growth in the number of visitors from 2009 (363286) to 2010 (430258) and the 2009 30% rise from 276169 in 2008 must have appeared as a worrying trend in terms of potential damage to footpaths.
The big jump in 2009 coincides with the June opening of the new summit building - Hafod Eryri.
Ogwen and Idwal's vistor figures are relatively consistent, the 2011 total of 122481 being 5% down on 2010's figure and slightly down on 2009's total of 124604 walkers. The close figures are perhaps due to the finite parking available in the Ogwen valley and it not being as well served by bus as Pen y Pass - Llanberis.
For the Ogwen Valley, April was the busiest month with a visitor number of 16082 and Idwal being the most popular access point (71715).
In southern Snowdonia, visitor figures for Cader Idris were also down, by around 12% from last year, to 50340.
Topic: Snowdon, Snowdonia Visitors, Ogwen and Idwal.
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