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Oak chair ordered off mountain

Posted 23 November 2010
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Oak chair ordered off mountain
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A man who took a rustic oak chair up a mountain in Snowdonia has been ordered to take it down again.

Earlier this month, South African Nick Bullen, who lives in Wales, had the item of furniture taken up Cadair Idris - whose name means "Chair of Idris" in English - as a parting gift before returning to his homeland.

However, the Snowdonia National Park Authority and Countryside Council for Wales were unhappy with the move, saying it could set a precedent for mountains to be covered with all kinds of objects and momentoes.

With the chair now having to find a new home, those putting on walking boots and climbing Cadair Idris may not have something so grand to sit on, but they can add to their comfort by purchasing a good winter jacket for the cold months ahead.

One mountain that lives up to its furnished name - Lovely Seat in the Yorkshire Dales - offers a comfortable place to sit that is not about to be moved.

The summit cairn itself is a stone chair made from local materials.