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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.

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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

Police seek missing person in Snowdonia

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Phone app helps find lost walkers in Snowdonia

A smartphone app was used to find a man and woman who got lost in poor visibility and then darkness high on a Snowdonia peak.

At 7.30pm on Saturday night, Aberdyfi search and rescue team were alerted to two lost walkers, in their 20s and from Birmingham, on Cadair Idris, near Dolgellau. One had an injured knee.

A small party of mountain rescuers made their way directly to the location after their mobile phone position was pinpointed. The pair were escorted down the mountain to Gwernan lake, which rescuers said was a slow process because of the tussock and gorse-covered hillside, and everyone was off the near-3,000ft peak by 11pm.

Man airlifted after fall in Snowdonia

Mountain Rescue says the party was well equipped. Credit: Rob Formstone/PA Archive/PA Images

A 45-year-old man from Newtown in Mid Wales was flown to hospital with cuts to his head and lower leg injuries, last night, after he fell 20 feet while scrambling in Snowdonia.

It happened on the north ridge of 3,000ft high Tryfan and he was winched aboard an RAF rescue helicopter based at Valley in Anglesey and flown to hospital at Bangor.

Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team was also involved, sending a party of twelve on to the mountain equipped with a stretcher and ropes.

The man had been with a group of four from Newtown when a rock he was grasping became dislodged.

Man who died in rock climbing fall is named

A climber killed in a fall on a popular Snowdonia cliff was named this afternoon as 50-year-old Keith William Waddell.

Mr Waddell died while climbing on the Bwlch y Moch cliffs close to Tremadog in Gwynedd.

Members of Aberglaslyn rescue team went to the scene but Mr Waddell, from Leeds, was already dead.

Coroner Dewi Pritchard Jones is investigating and there will be an inquest.

Walkers urged to prepare 'carefully' when in Snowdonia

Walkers are being encouraged to prepare properly before walking in Snowdonia.

Walkers are being urged to prepare before walking in Snowdonia Credit: Snowdonia National Park

As the summer holidays are well under way for thousands of families in Snowdonia, walkers are encouraged to take advantage of the large number of alternative walking trails in Snowdonia. However, with the current unsettled weather, preparation is essential.

– Snowdonia Park Authority

This is echoed by the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team, who say it is important to "take care" when walking in the area.

They have released a list of tips for those who are thinking about walking in Snowdonia.

  • Prepare - take a map and plenty of water
  • Dress - make sure you have a sun hat, sun cream and wet weather clothes just in case!
  • Weather - have a look at the forecast beforehand and don't be afraid to cancel your walk if the weather isn't suitable
  • Respect - follow the Countryside Code and take your rubbish home
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