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National park consults on visitor centre project

Posted 10 February 2012
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National park consults on visitor centre project
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The Snowdonia National Park is carrying out a public consultation on a proposed extension to the warden centre in the Ogwen Valley.

It is planning to create a larger facility at the site of the current building as the national park authority is concerned that the 250,000 visitors to the valley each year are faced with a "cramped and unappealing" facility.

As well as a larger building offering more facilities, the body envisages that there will be more opportunities for community and volunteer involvement and that the site will be a meeting point for outdoor sports lovers.

It also proposes to offer those coming with their walking boots 350 metres of new pathways around Llyn Idwal.

The Ogwen valley is one of the most mountainous locations in Britain, surrounded on both sides by peaks over 3,000 ft.

On the south side is Tryfan and the Glyderau Ridge - which includes Glyder Fach, Glyder Fawr, Y Garn and Elidir Fawr - while to the north is the Carneddau ridge, featuring mountains like Carnedd Llwellyn, Carnedd Dafydd and Pen yr Ole Wen.