Se­cu­rity firm brought on board in crack­down on lit­ter and dog mess

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

THIS Snow­do­nia moun­tain is in “des­per­ate” need of re­pair to pro­tect walk­ers from in­jury or death.

Two of the main routes up Cader Idris have fallen badly into dis­re­pair and £140,000 is needed to fix the dam­age.

A fundrais­ing cam­paign has been launched to raise the money to carry out the work on a moun­tain used by 70,000 peo­ple ev­ery year.

The Mend Our Moun­tains: Make One Mil­lion is a year-long ap­peal to raise £1m for a range of re­pair projects within the UK’s 15 na­tional parks, in­clud­ing Snow­do­nia.

The two paths, Mynydd Moel and Minf­fordd Path, both need sig­nif­i­cant work, with routes on Cader Idris not hav­ing been re­viewed since the 1990s.

The Mend Our Moun­tains ap­peal said: “On Mynydd Moel, a large patch of un­sta­ble scree has opened up with se­ri­ous con­se­quences for safety and nav­i­ga­tion. And the Minf­fordd Path needs to have steps fixed or re­placed.

“The sites are eco­log­i­cally sen­si­tive as well, and ac­cess for re­pair is chal­leng­ing. All of this com­bines to make the work ex­pen­sive and time-con­sum­ing.” Cash will be used to build high­qual­ity, stone-flagged

sec­tions of path in the most da­m­aged ar­eas of the two routes – it will cost £40,000 just to air­lift the stone on to the moun­tain.

Mend Our Moun­tains claim Cader Idris has be­come ne­glected due to the huge cost of main­tain­ing Snow­don.

The web­site said: “This is in part be­cause re­sources have been fun­nelled into pro­tect­ing Snow­don, Bri­tain’s most pop­u­lar moun­tain for walk­ers. It’s a real is­sue in Snow­do­nia – there is an enor­mous quan­tity of bril­liant, rugged and vul­ner­a­ble up­land that needs care but is of­ten ne­glected be­cause of the huge toll on Snow­don.”

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