Senior Warden (South)
I have worked for the Snowdonia National Park since 2008, in the Warden and Access section and as a Project Officer for a Multi-user path, before becoming the Senior Warden for the south of the park in 2014. The south of the park stretches all the way from the village of Trawsfynydd down to the southernmost tip of the park at Aberdyfi.
The south of the park, although quieter than the north from a tourism perspective, is just as beautiful and awe inspiring, offering such diverse landscapes as the legendary Cadair Idris, the breathtaking Llyn Tegid, and the magnificent coastline, to name but a few.
Having been born and raised in the village of Llanuwchllyn, I am biased towards the amazing beauty of the south of the park, and am now proud to represent it as Senior Warden, it is a true privilege to be responsible for such an area.
As Senior Warden, my duties involve, along with the area wardens, to conserve and enhance the natural beauty and wildlife of the area, and to promote opportunities for the understanding of the area’s special qualities by the public. A lot of our work revolves around the maintenance of existing Rights of Way, where we assist the Highways Authority and the landowners in improving paths, along with looking into the possibilities of developing and creating new paths and promoted routes.
As a warden for the national park, it is an essential duty for all of us to liaise with both landowners and visitors, in order to strike a balance, to protect this amazing landscape whilst making it available for the enjoyment of many, all the while striving to keep our special area...special!
Simon Roberts, Senior Warden (South)
There are ample of leisure opportunities to be found in the south of the park, ranging from wonderful mountain walks to a variety of cycle routes, all of which are guaranteed to offer splendid views and the opportunity to really appreciate the majesty of this diverse landscape.
The imposing mountain ranges in the south of the park tend to be far quieter than the mountains in the north of the park, but are just as impressive as their northern neighbours, and lend a feeling of true wilderness due to their solitude.
If high mountain peaks aren’t your thing, then there are plenty of lower level paths in the south of the park, including some fantastic circular routes, such as the Precipice and Torrent walks, near Dolgellau, details of which can be found on this very website.
Cyclists can have a great time in the south of the park. The Mawddach trail offers a family friendly route with a view, running alongside the Mawddach estuary, or for something more challenging give the famous mountain biking centre at Coed y Brenin a go. This centre, located just to the North of Dolgellau, offers a number of trails which are suitable for all abilities.
There are also plenty of water sport opportunities in the south of the park, including the magnificent Llyn Tegid, Wales’s largest natural lake, which is a popular choice for windsurfing and sailing.
With such a large area of amazing beauty, majestic mountains, picturesque lakes and estuaries, quiet moorland and attractive forests filled with nature, the south of the park is truly breathtaking and is definitely worth a visit!
Address: Snowdonia National Park Offices, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd. LL48 6LF
Telephone: 01766 770 274
Mobile: 07734 799249