21 January 2013
This week, contractors will begin working on a new 7km path between Beddgelert and Rhyd-Ddu.
Walkers, cyclists and horse riders who currently wish to travel from Beddgelert to Rhyd-Ddu do so by following a mix of paths and the A4085 between Caernarfon and Beddgelert which is a winding and busy road. But this summer, it will be possible to travel along a 7km long and 2m wide path, from Rhyd-Ddu to Beddgelert. The trail begins near the National Park’s Car Park in the village of Rhyd-Ddu, then passes around Llyn y Gader, over the old causeway and through Parc y Gader, on through Beddgelert Forest before ending at the National Park’s Car Park in Beddgelert.
Some of the work has already been completed by the Authority’s Footpath Teams, but this week, the contractor, GHJames Ltd from Trawsfynydd will begin working on building a new path and installing a new bridge over the Gwyrfai. Once completed, the new route between Rhyd-Ddu and Beddgelert will include and link sections of new public footpaths, sections of existing public footpaths which have been upgraded, and Forestry Commission tracks which have been has modified.
On behalf of the National Park Authority, the Director of Land Management, Emyr Williams said,
"This path will be an important addition to the economic prosperity of the area, and will also form an important link to the wider scheme of creating a network of trails that will surround Snowdon and eventually form the Snowdon Circuit.
We are very grateful to community councils and the landowners for their support as we fulfil this scheme. Without the help of the Forestry Commission, Mrs. Margaret Roberts from Rhyd-Ddu, Mrs Eirian Hughes and her son Alwyn form Fferm Drws y Coed and the Owen family of Cwm Cloch in Beddgelert, this would not be possible."
55% of the project is funded by the National Park Authority, and the rest by the CAN strategic project (Communities and Nature) which is led and managed by the Countryside Council for Wales, and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. The route was designed by Harrison Design and Development of Flint and the tour route can be seen on the of the Authority’s website, www.eryri-npa.gov.uk/park-authority/newsroom/2013-01-21b.
Notes to Editors:
1. Communities and Nature is a £14.5m strategic project, developed and managed by CCW, and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. Its aim is to use our natural environment in Wales to create economic opportunities through leisure and tourism - providing valuable, sustainable jobs in areas and communities where they are needed. For more information visit www.ccw.gov.uk.
2. European Structural Funds in Wales: The EU’s European Regional Development Fund is part of the £3.4bn Structural Funds programmes 2007-2013 aimed at creating economic, social and environmental improvements for people, business and communities across Wales. For more information visit www.wefo.wales.gov.uk.