The Frontera was left near the Snowdon Mountain Railway

The Frontera was left near the Snowdon Mountain Railway. Photo: Andrew Farquhar

Mystery surrounds how an off-road vehicle came to be stuck near the summit of Wales’s highest mountain.

The Vauxhall Frontera was abandoned near the Bwlch Glas, close to the top of the Snowdon Mountain Railway.

Numerous walkers have reported seeing the vehicle which is at least 6km (3¾ miles) from the nearest road. Police are investigating the incident.

The position of the 4×4, facing downhill about 1,000m up on the mountain, suggests it may have made it to the summit and was on its way down when it was abandoned, possibly on Saturday morning.

No-one has yet admitted driving the vehicle to the top of the 1,085m (3,560ft).

In 1911, motor engineer Henry Alexander of Edinburgh drove a Model T Ford to the summit of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, to display the car’s ruggedness. The feat was commemorated this year by enthusiasts from the Model T Ford Register of Great Britain who carried the a car up in pieces and reassembled it on the summit, with the blessing of the John Muir Trust, which owns most of the upper reaches of the mountain.

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