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Surf Snowdonia: "Wales's biggest bath"

Our North Wales reporter Rob Shelley has been watching Surf Snowdonia's indoor lagoon fill up with water today.

Two pipes are filling up Wales's largest bath Credit: ITV Wales

The giant lake will cover the equivalent of eight football pitches and will give surfers a place to hit the waves that isn't dependent on tides.

He writes:

Stretched out over what used to be the old Dolgarrog Aluminium plant, right now two giant pipes are filling their version of Wales' biggest bath: it'll take 15 hours before the concrete disappears to be replaced by a still blue surface - which when you add the massive engine and bits of jiggery and pokery that are commercially sensitive, will make the only indoor surfing facility of its kind in the world

– Rob Shelley, North Wales Reporter
An indoor surfing lagoon equivalent to eight football pitches Credit: ITV Wales

It's filling up (literally) now: it all opens on August the first, so there's no point in turning up with a surfboard and an optimistic look till then. But the man masterminding it all - former Army Colonel Steve Davies, compares it to a parachute jump.....you begin your descent and then you realise that the earth is rushing up towards you - three weeks is quite a deadline, but they're bang on schedule.

And between this, Zipworld, Bounce Below and the possibility of some of Wales' most challenging climbs, it could be possible to exhaust a lifetime's worth of adrenaline in just one week in Wales....

– Rob Shelley

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Woman dies in Snowdonia

A 70-year-old woman has died on the 3,000ft Tryfan in Snowdonia

Rescuers were alerted when her partner arrived at a car park in the Ogwen Valley, yesterday, in a confused state with superficial injuries.

Members of Ogwen mountain rescue team went on the mountain and discovered the woman lying on a footpath to the east of the Milestone Buttress, having fallen more than 30ft. A dozen team members helped to recover the body last night.

The woman had been with an eight-strong family party from the Midlands and South of England, their ages ranging from late 30s to mid 70s, who had walked up Tryfan, arriving at the foot of the North Tower about lunchtime. One of the senior couple was not confident about climbing the Tower, so the party split, four continuing to the summit and the couple retracting their steps down the north ridge and following the line of a footpath.

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Snowdonia's dark skies status bid

Snowdonia's bid for Dark Sky Reserve status, meaning it would be protected from light pollution, is gathering pace. The first of a series of public drop-in sessions is being held tonight.

Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Volunteers from the Snowdonia Society and others have been recording night light, and lighting specialists were commissioned to conduct a lights survey in Snowdonia.

The society says, with the help of volunteers, and hours of surveying, it was concluded that Snowdonia has a true potential as a dark sky tourist destination, and the dark sky in Snowdonia is extremely valuable and therefore the Authority should protect it.

We can’t ignore the benefits of being an area which has been designated as a Dark Sky Reserve. The area’s wildlife will be protected, the quality of the environment will be improved, and there will be a new natural attraction to draw new visitors to Snowdonia during quiet periods of the year. This in turn will improve the local economy and the dark sky of Snowdonia will be protected for future generations.

– Jonathan Cawley, Snowdonia National Park Authority
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