In a collaborative effort to safeguard the community and landscapes of Nant Gwynant and encourage responsible tourism a multi-agency day has been organised.


In partnership between Eryri’s National Park Authority, North Wales Police, the National Trust, Cyngor Gwynedd, Natural Resources Wales, and local Councillor June Jones, this initiative aims to address pressing concerns regarding visitor management and environmental conservation in the area.


Councillor June Jones said:

“Nant Gwynant holds a special place in the hearts of both locals and visitors alike. However, its delicate ecosystem and scenic beauty are increasingly threatened by unsustainable visitation practices. Through this multi-agency day, we aim to develop a culture of responsible tourism, urging visitors to tread lightly, use public transport from gateway towns, and refrain from littering.”


Post-covid the Watkin Path and Nant Gwynant has surged in popularity as a destination for visitors but has faced mounting challenges including parking congestion, littering, anti-social behaviour and illegal parking. Recognising these concerns, the participating agencies are joining forces to promote sustainable tourism practices and raise awareness about the importance of respecting the local communities, landscapes and biodiversity.


Chief Inspector Lisa Jones of North Wales Police said:

“As we head into Spring, we appreciate that people will begin to venture out to enjoy the stunning scenery that Eryri has to offer, however, with this in mind, we are once again urging people to be responsible.

Motorists coming to the area should think about where they park and make full use of the park and ride facilities that are available. This includes making use of the increased Sherpa’r Wyddfa bus service provided.

We will continue to work closely with our partners to help reduce the risk to walkers, cyclists and all other road users. The irresponsible and dangerous parking we have previously witnessed in some areas has been unacceptable. It not only risks lives but also prevents emergency vehicle access, which includes access for our Mountain Rescue and search colleagues.”


Representatives from each agency will be on hand to engage with the public, answer queries, and distribute informational materials highlighting best practices for minimising environmental impact.


Angela Jones, the National Park’s Head of Partnerships said:

“As stewards of this important landscape, we want people to enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits of being outdoors but it is vital for us to protect and preserve the Watkin Path and Nant Gwynant. By working together and promoting responsible visitation, we can ensure that this area is kept for all to enjoy.”


Simon Rogers, Countryside Manager, Eryri and Orme for National Trust Cymru said:

“We want visitors to Nant Gwynant to enjoy the landscape responsibly by taking care to minimise their impact on nature and the local community. By working with partner organisations we hope to engage with visitors and raise awareness of some simple steps they can take to help keep this place special for everyone.”


The day marks a broader commitment to promoting responsible tourism in Nant Gwynant and along the Watkin Path. Recognising the significance of this initiative, these agencies are committed to continue their collaboration in the future, working hand in hand to address emerging challenges, implement sustainable tourism practices, and protect the area’s natural and cultural heritage.


Gerwyn Jones, Assistant Head of Cyngor Gwynedd’s Environment Department, said:

“We recognise that the coming weeks and months will see many extra visitors in the Nant Gwynant area. Our aim is strike the right balance between what is a boost to the local economy, protecting the natural environment and meeting the needs of the local community. We look forward to working with our partners towards this end and ensuring that everyone can enjoy what the area has to offer safely and responsibly. 


Parking restrictions were introduced at Nant Gwynant in response to past challenges and we’re building on these proactive measures. Our officers will continue to monitor the situation over the coming weeks and months to ensure the road remains accessible and safe for all.”


Notes for editors

  1. For press enquiries please contact Gwen Aeron Edwards, Communications Officer for Planning and Land Management on or 01766 772 238/01766 770 274.