Monday, 8 October 2012

Details for the Snowdonia Walking Festival finalised.


In October, the Snowdonia National Park Authority and the Wales Air Ambulance are again joining forces to organise the Snowdonia Walking Festival.

Every day, at 10.00am, on October 12th, 13th and 14th, twelve interesting and educational guided walks will start off at different locations in Snowdonia.  Each one is led by a local, knowledgeable and experienced leader and will vary in distance, grade and time.

During the festival, six guided walks will be held in the northern area of the Park and will include walks along the foothills of the Carneddau from Llanfairfechan, Abergwyngregyn Falls, the Bridges Walks from Betws y Coed, Cwm Idwal, and along the Pyg Track.  In central Snowdonia, walks have been organised from Croesor, Cwm Bychan and an archaeological themed walk to Tomen y Mur near Trawsfynydd.  In southern Snowdonia, the guided walks include the Panoroama Circular Walk from Barmouth, Foel Caerynwch from Brithdir and the Precipice Walk from Llanfachreth.

Booking is essential for each walk and a fee of £15 or £20 will be charged per adult but with all proceeds going towards Air Ambulance Cymru.  Participants will also receive a sponsorship pack which includes a sponsor form, Wales Air Ambulance goodie bag and an exclusive discount voucher at Cotswold Outdoor Clothing.

Valmai Mattula, from Air Ambulance Cymru, said,
“Snowdonia is famous the world over for its majestic, rugged beauty and the Snowdonia Walking Festival not only gives you a chance to explore this stunning National Park, but it also provides an opportunity to raise vital funds at the same time. Individuals and families can come along and we can also offer corporate packages for businesses looking for ways of fundraising with colleagues, or who would like to work on team-building skills and fulfil social responsibility schemes.” 

Snowdonia National Park Warden Dewi Davies is one of the Guides during the festival.  He added,
“Going on a guided walk is one of the best ways to learn about the history, geology, culture and biodiversity of the area whilst appreciating the beauty and special qualities of Snowdonia at the same time. What we cannot guarantee however is the weather! Walkers should wear comfortable walking boots, a warm waterproof and windproof coat or jacket, and gloves and a hat. A rucksack with plenty of food and drink, extra water and sunscreen can also be handy.”

Further details on the festival and booking arrangements can be viewed at www.walesairambulance.com.