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Visiting Snowdonia

Warden Service


Alan Pritchard

Area Warden (North)

I was brought up in the Abergwyngregyn area, which offers the best of mountain and sea. Of course, it was the mountain that had the biggest effect on me! It is a pleasure to serve the community where I was raised.

have been with the Snowdonia National Park for eighteen years and I am part of a team which cover the north of the Park.  The office is located at the bottom of the main path into Cwm Idwal in the Ogwen Valley and is surrounded by the majestic Glyderau mountains, Y Garn, Carneddau and of course Tryfan.  I have to admit that the Carneddau mountains captivate me the most because of their untamed nature.

The cross-section of habitats in my area incorporates rare arctic-alpine plants and ancient copses such as Coedydd Aber stretching towards heathland on Conwy Mountain.  I like to use myself as a prime example of someone who has diversified from agricultural work to the tourism industry. I now tend to shepherd people rather than sheep! I am fortunate to be invited to give talks at outdoor centres to educate young people about the work carried out by the warden service. Nothing gives me more pleasure than talking to the community of an evening in Welsh about my work.

Alan Pritchard, Area Warden (North)

Alan Pritchard, Area Warden (North)

Dyffryn Ogwen attracts over 300,000 visitors every year with the majority coming for the walking and climbing opportunities.  It’s also encouraging to see an increase in those using Lôn Las Ogwen to cycle from Bethesda and the old postal road towards Capel Curig.

Contact Details

Address: Snowdonia National Park Offices, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd. LL48 6LF

Telephone: 01690 710022

Mobile: 07766 255508



Boma7 near Cwm Idwal

The All Terrain Mobility Beast

14 June 2020

Warden Alan Pritchard and Larry Beale of Molten Rock Engineering test the capabilities of the Boma7 - an all-terrain wheelchair - in Cwm Idwal

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