Statement from the Snowdonia National Park Authority
25 March 2020
Following the unprecedented volume of visitors last weekend at popular sites in Snowdonia, the National Park Authority and Gwynedd Council will today close the areas busiest mountains with the help of emergency Welsh Government legislation. We hope that these measures will ensure that last weekend’s unprecedented scenes will not be repeated this coming weekend.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will not hesitate to take further measures if required. This action is taken not only to ensure the protection of the public, but to protect our rural communities and to reduce the pressure the spread of the virus will have on our local health services.
These measures mean that there will be no parking or access to the most popular sites in Snowdonia including Snowdon, Ogwen, Cadair Idris Aran Benllyn and Aran Fawddwy. Therefore, we urge visitors planning on coming to climb Snowdon or any other popular peaks and sites to follow government guidance, to stay at home and exercise in their local area.
Emyr Williams, Chief Executive of Snowdonia National Park said:
“Today we will be closing public access to the busiest mountain areas in co-operation with the police and local authorities. We are doing this in response to emergency powers granted by the Welsh Government in order to protect rural communities and health services in the North Wales area and to help prevent the spread of the virus.
We encourage local people who live within and close to the boundaries of the National Park to continue to exercise from their doorstep. We ask those people to visit our website or email for more information. For those who do not live within walking distance our message is clear – do not visit the National Park until the Government’s guidelines to avoid unnecessary travel has been lifted. There will be no parking and the mountains will be closed – respect the Government guidance – stay at home to stay safe.
We hope that as a result of the measures we’ve now taken we will not see a repeat of last weekend’s unprecedented scenes. We will be monitoring the effectiveness of this measure closely and will not hesitate to take further action to expand closures if the situation does not improve”.
The National Park Wardens will be monitoring the situation, but we are also appealing on the public to keep an eye on their local area and report any issues they see so that we can act urgently to address them with our partners. They can get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or through our social media platforms. This includes any issues relating to parking, excess numbers of people or campervans.
More information on closures as well as impacts on our services can be found here:
Notes to Editors
- Organisations across North Wales are working together in this challenging time to address the issues we are facing, for more information see:
- North Wales Police press statement: https://www.north-wales.police.uk/news-and-appeals/chief-constable-statement-on-police-response-to-covid19
- BMC press statement: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/climbing-and-hill-walking-its-time-to-put-it-on-hold
- Gwynedd Council statement: https://www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/en/Residents/Emergencies/Coronavirus-Covid-19.aspx
- Conwy County Borough Council statement: https://www.conwy.gov.uk/en/Spotlight/Press-Releases/Council-Services-Current-Situation-180320-1000hrs.aspx
- The public can report any issues by contacting us at email@example.com
- For more information, photos and content, or to arrange an interview contact Gwen Aeron Edwards, Communication Officer , on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07887452467