Pathways Fund Donation Towards Slate Trail Footpath Restoration

The abandoned Rhiw bach Slate Quarry near Blaenau Ffestiniog in North Wales opened in 1812 closed in 1952

We're delighted to have approved funding for a footpath restoration project in Snowdonia.


The Slate Trail in Snowdonia is an 83-mile circular trail which passes through historical slate mining areas. The route goes through some less frequented but very beautiful parts of Snowdonia, passing a number of social enterprises and community-run facilities which give walkers a better understanding and appreciation of the area’s slate mining heritage.

Parts of the trail are boggy which makes passage over the ground difficult, especially during and after spells of wet weather. These boggy areas are also SSSIs which need to be protected from walkers finding alternative routes into them in order to avoid the boggy sections.

The Snowdonia Slate Trail Trust has ambitions to get the trail designated as a National Trail. To gain this status, they need to demonstrate ease of passage for walkers along the whole route. Problems with the boggy sections need to be addressed before National Trail status can be achieved.

The Project:

To create a series of large steppingstones made out of natural stone to make a 200m section of boggy path above Llan Ffestiniog easily passable by walkers. The work will be carried out by volunteers from the Snowdonia Society working closely with Snowdonia National Park, giving them valuable experience in managing a path restoration project.

The HF Holidays Connection:

HF Holidays has been involved with the Slate Trail since 2015 when funds were donated to get the route up and running and provide a vital new path to avoid a section of busy road walking. The Trail uses many paths which are part of the guided walks run from Craflwyn Hall in Beddgelert, particularly between Betws y Coed and Capel Curig, and between Rhyd Ddu and Tanygrisiau, via Croesor, Cwmorthin and Rhosydd. In addition, HF Holidays has a new trip for 2020 which walks on the Snowdon Slate Trail.


We're donating £1,560 towards the project from the Pathways Fund.

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