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Schools project.

This is completed with just tidying up to do.

Community memory project.

Sian has to put together the interpretative boards and some are already on display – In Cwm Penmachno and Y Pengwern. Also, the clips for the website and app are complete.  Another success


Website and app

Have a look at the website.  There is still some 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

The metal footpath signs are now up, and thanks to Gerallt Jones of Gwynedd and Caroline Turner of Conwy Council for organising this.





On 10 November, the Trail was launched at Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda. For the project manager, Aled Owen, Joan Cutting and Raymond Griffiths, the day started early with live interviews for Radio Cymru, BBC Radio Wales and filming for S4C and BBC Cymru at 8.00 in Bethesda.

The afternoon was taken up by a series of presentations given by those who have been involved. Firstly, Aled gave an overview of the project, its partners and funders. He noted that walking was a growing activity and, potentially, the Trail could bring up to £1.3M a year to our slate villages.

Next, Sian Shakespear spoke about the community memory project and the development of interpretation boards based on information received from participants in the project. Sian was followed by John Harold and Owain Thomas of the Snowdonia Society, who described the work of the society.

We were privileged to have as one of our speakers, Lord Dafydd Wigley, who spoke of the current bid for World Heritage Site status for the Gwynedd slate areas.  He emphasised how the Snowdonia Slate Trail formed an important link between these areas and would bring our slate heritage and culture to international attention. The 95 delegates then retired for refreshments, including cakes incorporating the Snowdonia Slate Trail logo freshly baked by the local social enterprise, Caffi Coed y Brenin.

The afternoon continued with a presentation by Anita Daimond on the school arts project and was followed by a performance of an original play about the Great Penrhyn Strike given by 27 pupils of Ysgol Llanllechid.

Nina Steele of Gwynedd Archaeological Trust then gave us a demonstration of the Archwilio free online database of archaeological sites and Rhys Mwyn, folk singer, comedian, raconteur, journalist and amateur archaeologist, spoke about the Romans` use of slate before the afternoon was closed by Denis McAteer, president of Ramblers Cymru. Thanks to Joan, Raymond and Andy Walsh for representing Cwm Community Action Group at the seminar.

The evening saw a Grand Concert featuring the Penrhyn Male Voice Choir (conductor: Owain Arwel Davies, accompanist, Frances Davies), Penmachno Choir (conductor,  Liz Green a  accompanist, Geraldine Tunstall) and the Deiniolen Silver Band (conductor: Lois Eifion), hosted by Neville Hughes of Hogia Llandegai. For me the highlights of the evening were Penmachno Choir singing Adiemus by Carl Jenkins and the Penrhyn Choir performing "Nkosi Sikelel' i Afrika", South Africa`s national anthem, followed by Molianwn. In the grand finale, all three contributors came together to sing “World in Union”. It was good to see some Cwm residents joining us on what was a fantastic day to celebrate a very exciting project.

Thanks to our funders, particularly Heritage Lottery Fund for their support.


The future

Discussions are ongoing about the Conwy Falls path.

A guide to the Trail will be published in Spring 2018 and we are looking for someone to write a Welsh guidebook.

We are working on creating a Trust to manage, market and maintain the Trail.

A number of local businesses are interested in providing guided holidays along the Trail, and also to contribute to its maintenance.

A number of people and groups have volunteers to be Trail wardens.

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   



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

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