The information van. Photo: Snowdonia NPA

The information van. Photo: Snowdonia NPA

Walkers heading up Wales’s highest mountain will be offered safety advice from a new mobile service.

The Welsh Government has funded an information van to help visitors planning to ascend Snowdon.

The innovation is part of the Mountain Safe project, aimed at educating the public on how to enjoy the national park’s mountains safely.

Snowdonia National Park Authority, which is a partner in Mountain Safe, said the van will provide information on Snowdon’s paths, as well as alternative walking routes in the area. A small supply of maps will also be on sale.

The exhibition was developed by the authority, and rooftop solar panels enable the use of touch-screen technology providing access to its website as well as other important information such as weather forecasts and public transport timetables.

The van will mostly make an appearance on weekends, but with the help of the Snowdon voluntary wardens the van may also make its rounds during the week, the national park authority said.

Adam Daniel, senior warden for the North of the national park who led the project, said: “One of the challenges facing us wardens is reaching and advising as many as possible of the individuals who venture up Snowdon every day.

“While we have a warden present at Pen y Pass daily during the peak season, it is very difficult to reach walkers on other paths. The Llanberis Path is especially busy; therefore by locating the van at the bottom of this path we hope to be able to advise as many walkers as possible to try and ensure that they have the best possible experience on Snowdon”.

The authority said the next stage is to develop information for the Cadair Idris paths so the van can visit the South of the park occasionally, as well as a general exhibition for use when the van is taken to various events or shows across the park.

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