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Cylchdaith On Track

IT and environmental consultancy exeGesIS have completed a week long survey of the Cylchdaith Yr Wyddfa. This is a crucial step towards turning the idea of a sustainable low-level trail around Snowdon into a reality. It will have associated health, well-being and economic benefits for residents and is likely to become popular with visitors.

The trail is not aimed at experienced hill-walkers, although it would make a great wet-weather alternative, but more at the level of a family walking group. Sensitive waymarking will be necessary and the survey identifies where stiles, gates etc will need to be added. The entire circuit could be comfortably completed over three days or just sections of the route undertaken, using the Sherpa service to return to your starting point. Most of the route follows Pubic Rights of Way or crosses Open Access Land. Snowdonia National Park Senior Warden, Sam Roberts, has been credited with the original concept and has actively supported it over the last ten years.

There is little point promoting what in places is an undefined trail on the ground and then it becoming a victim of its own popularity with long badly eroded muddy sections. The survey will ameliorate these potential problems by indicating where pre-emptive action can prevent erosion and the best line to be taken to minimise damage.

With the set-up and maintenance costs established by the survey, it will require a co-ordinated approach between multiple landowners and agencies (e.g. Countryside Council for Wales, Forestry Commission Wales, CADW etc), to advance the project sustainably with a management and maintenance structure in place. Snowdonia-Active commissioned the survey with financial support from Wales Spatial Plan and Snowdonia Green Key.

Photo: Yr Wyddfa from Bwlch Maesgwm where the proposed Cylchdaith route will cross over to the Llanberis Valley from Rhyd Ddu. Ray Wood

Topic: Cylchdaith Yr Wyddfa, Low Level Snowdon route.

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