Mountain walking. Why don’t the authorities make it easier?

Complaints by some holiday makers beggar belief

I live in North Wales within the Snowdonia National Park named after Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales with an elevation of 3560 feet / 1,085 metres above sea level.
To get to the top is definitely not a stroll in the park.
No-one has said it was.

And yet there are some people who think it is. Or should be. And have been very critical.

What have the complaints been about?

“the path is relentless … (you) clamber over rocks, steps, jagged rocks”

IT’S A MOUNTAIN!

“even the easiest route up the mountain was not wheelchair accessible.”
The clue is in the complaint: ‘up the mountain’.

“quite a steep hill and it could have been improved by concrete paths and maybe some toilets halfway up.”
It’s NOT a steep hill. It’s a mountain.

Does this look remotely like a ‘steep hill’?
And what are the logistics of getting concrete up and toilet waste down?

Even the lack of a Costa Coffee was mentioned.
Why stop there? What about a Theme Park?

In over 40 years I have never walked up Snowdon.
I’ve climbed Haystacks and the Old Man of Coniston in the Lake District, and Kinder Scout in the Peak District.
But Snowdon always seemed a step too far. Sorry about the pun.

Children climb Snowdon with their families. Schools arrange visits to the area – and pupils climb as one of their ‘forced’ activities. There are 7 designated paths each with a different grade of difficulty. The safer, more accessible paths are marked.
At the top is a well-stocked café with panoramic views and toilets.

For those not so young, not so agile, not so able? Well, there’s a train.

Do you live in an area of magnificent scenery? And do visitors moan about inaccessibility? Even though it is a natural phenomenon, and not a constructed edifice?
Are you upset by it, or do you just let them get on with it believing that the loss is theirs?
Please share your thoughts. And thank you for reading mine.

Published by Marilyn

Diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder after fifty years in the mental health system I decided to share my experiences and consider the impact my health has had on my well-being. Being creative is the mainstay of my life and it's how I express my deepest emotions. Photography, writing, and design challenge me and help keep me rooted in the present.

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