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Snowdonia may be poised for extension

Posted 11 February 2010
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Snowdonia may be poised for extension
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The town of Blaenau Ffestiniog could become part of the Snowdonia National Park under new proposals backed by the National Park Authority.

At present, the town and its surrounding vicinity are situated in an island of non-park land surrounded by the National Park, but the body has said this should change.

Now that the body has declared its support for the extension, the matter will be discussed by the Countryside Council for Wales and then the Welsh Assembly.

Such a change could not only remove some boundary lines from Ordnance Survey Maps, but also add another mountain for those bringing their hiking equipment to enjoy, with 2,169 ft (661 m)-high Manod Mawr being situated in the enclave.

Blaenau Ffestiniog is famous for its slate mining and the tourist attraction of the Ffestiniog steam railway, from which some other mountains can be accessed, such as Moelwyn Mawr (2,569 ft / 770 m) above Tanygrisiau.

Posted by Brandon Egley