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Schools project.

Nothing further to report really. Llanllechid school children will be performing their play about the Great Strike at our launch event on 10 November. Anita will be there and Jwls will be putting on an exhibition of the children`s work

 

Community memory project.

Sian is working with the HKA Design to put together the interpretative boards and the first drafts look really good. Also, the clips for the website and app are nearly complete.  Another very successful part of the project

 

Website and app

Have a look at the website.  There is still work to be done to the site and to complete the app. Please email us if you find any anomalies on the site.

 

Signs and roundels

About 90% of the off road roundels and posts have been put up. Many thanks particularly to Owain of the Snowdonia Society and to Gerallt of Gwynedd Council, who has been working with the Ramblers. Also Peter Williams of the walking club in Blaenau.

 

The Snowdonia Society volunteers putting up waymarkers at Llyn Ogwen

 

 

The metal footpath signs are due to go up on the non-trunk roads in the next month or so.  Again, thanks to Gerallt Jones of Gwynedd and Caroline Turner of Conwy Council for organising this. Discussions are still ongoing with Welsh Government about 9 brown signs on the A5   

 

Event

Again, a reminder of the event in Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda on 10 November.

The afternoon seminar will include:

Me to give the background of the project                                                                          

Anita Daimond to present the schools project                                                                 

Sian Shakespear to present the community memory project                                     

Snowdonia Society to celebrate their 50 years                                                                   

Llanllechid School play about the Great Penrhyn Strike                                                                                

GAT to give demonstration of the Archwilio online heritage database, concentrating on Bethesda                    

Ramblers to give themselves a plug                                                                                      

 

This will be in Welsh and Menter Iaith, Llanrwst will provide translation services

 

The evening concert will include Penrhyn Male Voice Choir, Deiniolen Silver Band and Penmachno Community Choir and will be compered by Neville Hughes, a member of Hogia Llandegai.

 

The future

Our first walker, Brian Ruddin, recently completed the Trail in six days.  He experiences atrocious weather.  He said:

If anyone is considering a long distance path then I would recommend this without hesitation. I will be back next year to do it again, but next time in bite size chunks and without my 40lb pack!

To everyone involved in bringing this trail to life I salute you. It's a fantastic tour of Snowdonia and has taken me to places I've never considered before. For everyone that I have spoken to, thank you for taking the time to listen. For everyone that served me food and drinks, thank you, you are all amazing.

To Aled and the team of volunteers, you've got something special here and I'm positive that this will be known as one of the best trails in the UK. I do hope in the future that it's also recognised as a national trail.

We have raised about £10,000 to create the off-road route to avoid the short length of A5 near Conwy Falls, but still need another £5 – 8,000 to complete the job. Discussions are ongoing with Welsh Government regarding any funding.

We have an author who is interested in writing a guide for Kittiwake and Mark Richards, an artist and walker who has updated the Wainright lake District guides is interested in putting together an illustrated book on the Snowdonia Slate Trail.

Finally, subject to approval of the two Councils, the OS is willing to include the Trail on the OS maps.  That will certainly attract walkers

Schools project.

This project is virtually complete with just a few loose ends to tie up. Very soon, you will be able to start looking for the geocaches on geocaching.com. Anita Daimond and Jwls Williams have done a fantastic job with great commitment and enthusiasm. Over 350 children from 15 schools have been involved – our target was 100 children from 5 schools. A success, don`t you think?

Community memory project.

The community memory project is also nearing completion and Sian Shakespear is putting together the interpretative boards and memory clips for the website and app. Again, this has been a very successful project with many more people involved than our target.

As before, we are considering a permanent home for one set of the boards, and any suggestions will be considered.

 

Website and app

Menter Fachwen has completed the downloadable route guides and   Creativity Jones has put them on the website.  There is still work to be done to the site and to complete the app.

Signs and roundels

Posts and roundels can now be seen in various places along the Trail.  However, it will take a while before all the signs are in place. Above, Aled and Andy Walsh are seen making the hole for one of the posts.

Unfortunately, one of our volunteers from Cofio Cwmorthin broke his ankle while out placing signs so we need to take on his work.  We wish Mel a speedy recovery.

All the metal footpath signs have been distributed to the various councils for them to put them up.  However, at the last minute, we have been advised by Welsh Government that we need a Road Safety Audit for each brown sign location. There are 135 of these signs so formal audits would be very costly, and this activity has not been included in the budget. Discussions are ongoing with Welsh Government as the argument can be made that as the route will be marked away from the highway, and as the route will be available onthe website and app, to omit the brown signs on the highway will cause frustration and confusion, which itself will be a potential safety issue.  Watch this space.   

 

Event

Just a reminder of the event in Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda on 10 November.

The afternoon seminar will include:

Me to give the background of the project                                                                           

Anita Daimond to present the schools project                                                                 

Sian Shakespear to present the community memory project                                      

Snowdonia Society to celebrate their 50 years                                                                  

Llanllechid School play about the Great Penrhyn Strike                                                                                 

GAT to give demonstration of the Archwilio online heritage database, concentrating on Bethesda                    

Ramblers to give themselves a plug                                                                                      

    

This will be in Welsh and Menter Iaith, Llanrwst will provide translation services

The evening concert will include Penrhyn Male Voice Choir, Deiniolen Silver Band and Penmachno Community Choir and will be compered by Neville Hughes, a member of Hogia Llandegai.

 

The future

We are working with the publisher, Rucksack Readers to provide a guidebook of the Snowdonia Slate Trail. Hopefully, this will be available next Spring.  In the meantime, a number of individuals and camera clubs are involved in taking hi resolution photographs to illustrate the guide.

We are also trying to raise funds to create an off-road route to avoid the short length of A5 near Conwy Falls.

Our Funders

  1. Heritage Lottery Fund
  2. Magnox, 
  3. Snowdonia National Park CAE Fund, 
  4. The Foyle Foundation, 
  5. The Garfield Weston Foundation, 
  6. The Oakdale Trust, 
  7. Community Fund in Wales, 
  8. HF Holidays, 
  9. Horizon, 
  10. First Hydro, 
  11. The Laspen Trust,
  12. Conwy County Borough Council,
  13. Bethesda Town Council, 
  14. Ffestiniog Town Council
  15. One private donor

Our Supporters

  1. Snowdonia National Park
  2. Gwynedd Council
  3. Conwy County Borough Council
  4. The Snowdonia Society
  5. Ramblers Cymru
  6. Cofio Cymorthin
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