Friday, 25 May 2018
As the UK heads into the Bank Holiday Weekend, Cycling UK is reminding anyone considering riding up Snowdon to respect the longstanding voluntary cycle restrictions in order to ensure everyone can enjoy the mountain equally and safely.
The national charity’s advice comes after Snowdonia National Park Authority (NPA) has reported incidents of a number of individuals flouting the restriction and riding inappropriately, impacting on the safety and enjoyment of other users. The park authority has warned that if this activity becomes regular, then the long-term access for cyclists on Snowdon could be at risk.
With close to 375,000 people walking up Mount Snowdon every year, it’s the UK’s most popular mountain by far– and one of the most climbed mountains in the world.
It is Snowdon’s remarkable popularity that presents a potential safety risk for both cyclists and walkers. In 2003, Snowdonia NPA, Cycling UK and other cycling groups drew up a voluntary restriction to operate during peak hours, which saw cyclists agreeing not to exercise their legal right to ride on the three bridleways to the summit: the Llanberis, Snowdon Ranger and Rhyd Ddu paths.