Pen-y-pass car park users will have to pre-book weekend places. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Pen-y-pass car park users will have to pre-book weekend places. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Visitors wanting to use the Pen-y-pass car park in Snowdonia at weekends will have to pre-book a place.

Snowdonia National Park Authority has introduced the pilot scheme for the facility, which is a popular starting point for an ascent of Wales’s highest mountain.

Previously, national park bosses closed the car park over recent weekends except for use by park-and ride buses. The authority acted after encountering major problems on roads around the area as visitors flocked to ascend Snowdon as lockdown restrictions were eased.

The new scheme will apply for the rest of the summer at weekends and bank holidays.

A national park spokesperson said: “This short term pilot, which has been agreed with Gwynedd Council and North Wales Police, will be implemented as a way to assess possible new management models which are aligned with the long-term plans for a new and innovative parking and transport system in the Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) and Ogwen areas.”

All parking at Pen-y-pass car park will have to be pre-booked via a page on the Snowdonia national park website, which will go live at midnight on Wednesday. Booked visitors will be required to show their confirmation email on arrival to gain access to the car park. The authority said anyone without a pre-booked space will need to use the park-and-ride facilities at Nant Peris and Llanberis to access Pen-y- pass.

The spokesperson said: “It is important to note that we expect available parking slots to sell out extremely quickly.

“The pilot aligns with the innovative parking and transport review for the Yr Wyddfa and Ogwen areas, which is due to be presented to partners in September.

“Based on the findings of the consultation with communities and partners and the data analysis, it was clear that the momentum and the ambition was there to develop an integrated sustainable tourism offer.

“Their recommendations therefore include far-reaching, holistic and sustainable solutions using an Alpine-style model, which could transform how we approach travel in the region.”

Pen-y-pass is the most popular starting point for those walking up Snowdon via the Pyg Track, Crib Goch and the Miners’ Track.

A small number of parking places for blue badge holders will be available for booking free of charge under the pilot scheme.

The car-parking places, which cost £20 a day, can be booked on the Snowdonia national park website.

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