the trail
Progress report September 2017

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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