The Snowdonia Slate Trail, a new 84-mile walking route, opens on Friday 10 November at Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda
Snowdonia Slate Trail opening celebration:
Friday 10 November 2017, 14.00-17.00
Friday 10 November 2017, 19.30
It’s a project that has taken four years of development by community and volunteer groups, Gwynedd and Conwy Councils, and the Snowdonia National Park. The Snowdonia Slate Trail is an 84-mile walking route starting at Porth Penrhyn near Bangor, passing through the villages of Llanllechid, Bethesda, Llanberis, Waunfawr, Nantlle, Rhyd Ddu, Beddgelert, Croesor, Ffestiniog, Penmachno, Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed and back to Bethesda. It also connects a number of social enterprises and community-run facilities such as Antur Waunfawr, the Coed y Brenin Café in Bethesda run for and by disadvantaged people, and the Pengwern Inn in Llan Ffestiniog.
It’s been estimated that the Snowdonia Slate Trail could generate some £1.5M per annum for the economies of these communities and Snowdonia as a whole, supporting businesses which provide accommodation, refreshment, and courier/guiding services.
Speakers at the afternoon event, which will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Snowdonia Society, will include representatives of the volunteer groups and consultants involved in developing and establishing the trail. Lord Dafydd Wigley will speak about the ongoing bid for World Heritage Site status for the Gwynedd slate areas. The afternoon will close with a contribution by Rhys Mwyn, performer, newspaper columnist and archaeologist.
The day will end with a free grand concert given by Penrhyn Male Voice Choir, Deiniolen Silver Band and the Penmachno choir.