Visiting Snowdonia

Warden Service


Warden Service

The Snowdonia National Park is watched over by a dedicated team of wardens, each looking after a particular area within the Park. The wardens have an interesting and varied role, which includes advising the public on safe and responsible use of the countryside, liaising with landowners to help with visitor management and helping schools and community groups with conservation projects. They also serve to promote the work of the National Park Authority and strengthen the relationship between visitors and the local community.

Working alongside the Estate Staff, our wardens help make the National Park more accessible to the public by managing the public rights of way network, permissive paths and ‘Open Country’. This work involves erecting stiles, gates and waymarkers along with resurfacing paths and general maintenance work. Our wardens live in the areas they serve and have an in depth knowledge of the geology and wildlife within their area. They provide an important service for visitors, imparting valuable advice to walkers, climbers and tourists on how to stay safe and enjoy all that’s on offer in the Snowdonia National Park.

Helen Pye - Senior Warden (North)

Helen Pye, Senior Warden (North)

Working out of the office in Beddgelert, my responsibilities as Area Warden are for the Snowdon range, Nantlle Ridge, the Beddgelert area as well as the Nantgwynant valley. This area is the most visited area of Snowdonia National Park with 450,000 walkers visiting Snowdon alone yearly.

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Simon Roberts - Senior Warden (South)

Simon Roberts, Senior Warden (South)

I have worked for the Snowdonia National Park since 2008, in the Warden and Access section and as a Project Officer for a Multi-user path, before becoming the Senior Warden for the south of the park in 2014. The south of the park stretches all the way from the village of Trawsfynydd down to the southernmost tip of the park at Aberdyfi.

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Ifan Eryl Jones - Area Warden (Central)

Ifan Eryl Jones - Area Warden (Central)

I have been a warden for the Snowdonia National Park for over thirteen years and formerly worked for the Countryside Council for Wales for five years. The parishes in my area include Llanfrothen, Maentwrog, Talsarnau, Harlech, Trawsfynydd and parts of Penrhyndeudraeth.

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Alan Pritchard - Area Warden (North)

Alan Pritchard, Area Warden (North)

I was brought up in the Abergwyngregyn area, which offers the best of mountain and sea. Of course, it was the mountain that had the biggest effect on me! It is a pleasure to serve the community where I was raised.

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Rhys Gwynn - Area Warden (South)

Rhys Gwynn, Area Warden (South)

As part of the Snowdonia National Park Warden team since 2004, my area includes the parishes of Ganllwyd, Llanfachreth, Brithdir, Rhydymain, Corris and Dolgellau. It’s a great place to work and although it’s a relatively quiet area it attracts a large number of visitors each year.

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Gethin Corps - Area Warden (South)

Gethin Corps, Area Warden (South)

I have been a warden for the Snowdonia National Park since 2006 following seven years as an estate worker in the Dolgellau area. As a warden, I promote the good working relationship between visitors, local residents and the agricultural community.

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Arwel Morris - Llyn Tegid & Penllyn Warden

Llyn Tegid, Bala

I have worked for the Snowdonia National Park Authority since 1988 and am responsible for Llyn Tegid, Wales’ largest natural lake situated near Bala.

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Ioan Ll. Davies - Area Warden (North)

Ioan Ll. Davies, Area Warden (North)

I live near Betws y Coed and have worked as a warden for the Snowdonia National Park for eight years. Before joining the National Park full time, I worked as a seasonal warden at Cwm Idwal.

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Bill Taylor - Llyn Tegid & Penllyn Assistant Warden

Bill Taylor, Llyn Tegid & Penllyn Assistant Warden

I joined the Snowdonia National Park Authority in 2005 as a Voluntary Warden. Over the past nine years I have been privileged in supporting the Penllyn and Llyn Tegid Warden team as a Patrol, Seasonal and currently Assistant Area Warden.

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Rhys W. Roberts - Area Warden (North)

Rhys W. Roberts, Area Warden (North) (© SNPA)

I joined the Snowdonia National Park in 2012 as a Seasonal Warden before becoming an Assistant Warden in 2014, working mainly in the Snowdon, Llanberis, Beddgelert and Nantlle areas.

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Myfyr Tomos - Seasonal Warden (South)

Cader Idris

I joined the Authority in 1994, concentrating mainly on Cadair Idris and the parishes of Trawsfynydd and Ganllwyd. I was born and raised in Llawrplwy' Trawsfynydd, therefore I know the area and it's people to a good degree.

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