MountainSafe North Wales Easter and half term
AWDURDOD PARC CENEDLAETHOL
SNOWDONIA NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY
Wisdom in the Mountains says Walking
As weather experts predict cold
weather ahead and with half-term and Easter holidays approaching,
National Park Wardens, along with BBC Wales’ weatherman Derek
Brockway are encouraging walkers to prepare themselves before
venturing into the mountains.
Careful planning is needed before every visit to Snowdonia’s
mountains and checking the mountain weather forecast for the
current ground conditions, before setting off, is essential. As an
experienced walker himself, Derek Brockway explained why we need to
take the weather forecast seriously during the next few weeks.
"The snow on the mountains is very different
to the snow we see in our gardens. When it’s frozen hard, it is
very slippery, making footpaths which are graded as moderate in the
summer extremely treacherous. It’s also very important to wrap up
warmly. Temperatures in the mountains can be much lower than
temperatures experienced on lower ground, with recent forecasts
indicating wind chill temperatures as low as -15˚C."
On behalf of the MountainSafe partnership,
National Park Warden Gruff Owen added,
"Because of the current conditions in the
mountains, visitors to the summits will need to carry an ice axe,
crampons and more importantly, know how to use them. The days are
still very short at this time of year, especially in the mountains,
so it’s wise to start early and aim to be back down by 17:00 at the
I carry a torch and spare batteries with me
throughout the year, but during the winter they’re essential.
However, the best piece of equipment we carry with us sits on our
shoulders. When we prepare well, understand our limitations and
know when to turn back we’re much more likely to enjoy
For more details on the weather forecasts, visit www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2653822,
for detailed information about the weather in Snowdonia.
@eryridiogel and @safesnowodnia also tweet weather information,
changing ground conditions on the mountains, as well as general
advice on mountaineering and highlighting good practice of