Those who love to go walking
in Snowdonia may find Capel Curig an ideal base for their outdoor adventures. The village lies close to the highest mountains in Wales and is home to the UK National Mountain Centre at Plas Y Brenin.
However, those heading up one path recently may have found their walking boots
sinking deeply into it. The route above Bryn Tyrch Uchaf has gradually turned from a peaty and somewhat boggy area into a mudbath, as its popularity saw the wet ground pulped on a regular basis.
The Snowdonia National Park Authority set about repairing the path last September and has announced the completion of the task. Using 30 tonnesof stone and 180 tonnes of gravel, a more solid surface has been put in place, landscaping work carried out and drainage ditches built.
Access projects officer Hywel Jones said: "The work that the Estate Workers have achieved here is admirable for several reasons. Because of its remote location, it has been a difficult and challenging process to get the material to the site.
"Also, the workers had to work in gruelling circumstances given that this particular area tends to receive a lot of rain and the ground was very wet."
He went on to thank the local landowners - Mr Gwilym Jones and Mr and Mrs Minns - for their co-operation in the project.
Photographs of the site show the difference between the area before the work - where the vicinity of a bridge around a stream was a quagmire marked by deep hiking boot impressions - and afterwards, where the stone path is clearly marked and its surrounds verdant where once there was just mud.
Walkers and climbers visiting the Capel Cyrig area may be pleased with the results and enjoy the route along with the many others available in the area.
The village is overlooked by Moel Siabod, a mountain offering two main ascent routes to its 2,861 ft summit, while just up the A5 lies the Ogwen Valley and the 3,000-footers of Tryfan, the Glyderau and the Carneddau.