Snowdon and Pen y Fan: Busy mountains 'need investment' - BBC News

4th May 2019

Now in its 10th year since its re-construction - Hafod Eryri has witnessed record visitor numbers converging on Snowdon’s Summit. The challenge now is to manage the increased visitation from walkers and train passengers that approach from all directions within the National Park. A reassessment of the whole park as an eclectic destination is required in order to maintain the economic, environmental and experiential strategy that ray hole architects originally devised and implemented in partnership with the Snowdonia National Park and Operator (Snowdon Mountain Railway). Over-tourism is a recent phenomena that can create unexpected stresses not only at the most popular attractions but also in surrounding communities and their transport infrastructure. 

A comprehensive Experience Economic Study (integrating the principal 5 Models; Market, Experience, Spatial, Cost and Business) needs to be carried out so that the interest in the Summit remains a benefit and not a burden.

As with many of ray hole architects strategic phased master plans the inevitable success needs to be embraced and developed further fulfilling its full and envisioned potential.