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Snowdon set for clean-up

Posted 24 August 2010
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Snowdon set for clean-up
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Those planning to grab a walking pole, put on their hiking boots and head up Snowdon this autumn may be pleased to know that a major clean-up of the mountaintop has been planned.

On September 7th, members of the Snowdonia Society will be heading up the peak using a rare free ride on the mountain railway to reach the top.

When they arrive, volunteers will get busy clearing up rubbish strewn around the mountain, with the society noting it is not only unsightly but environmentally harmful, with even organic waste like banana skins and orange peel taking several years to biodegrade.

The train will set of at 08:00 BST and those going have been advised to wear walking boots and waterproof jackets.

While Snowdon's status as the highest mountain in Wales makes it a magnet for peak-baggers, the numbers visiting the top are greatly swelled by the railway and the thousands of people it brings up every year.

It opened in 1896 and those not taking the free ride up have to pay £25 for a return ticket to Llanberis, which makes climbing the mountain on foot cheaper as well as providing more exercise.

Posted by Dan Mirza