Area Warden (South)
As part of the Snowdonia National Park Warden team since 2004, my area includes the parishes of Ganllwyd, Llanfachreth, Brithdir, Rhydymain, Corris and Dolgellau. It’s a great place to work and although it’s a relatively quiet area it attracts a large number of visitors each year.
Agriculture is the area’s main industry with Dolgellau market renowned for selling livestock of high standard. The Welsh language thrives in these parts and the area is immersed in Welsh heritage and culture. The area’s geology varies immensely which means a diverse range of plants and animals thrive here. I enjoy recording this wildlife with my camera and sharing my experiences with the local community or visiting local schools to talk about my work. A number of ancient footpaths cross this area and it is a pleasure to walk the network and contribute to creating new paths.
Rhys Gwynn, Area Warden (South)
The northern paths up Cader Idris attract a large number of visitors each year with the Pony Path from Tŷ Nant one of the most popular routes. The Mawddach Trail is regularly used by cyclists and walkers and runs nine miles from Dolgellau to Barmouth offering stunning views of the Mawddach estuary and the Rhinogydd mountains. There are a number of mountain biking opportunities in the area including the famous mountain bike centre at Coed y Brenin. It’s well worth visiting the Mawddach waterfall after heavy rain and amongst the most well trodden paths in my area are the Precipice walk and Torrent walk, both offering diverse habitats and great views.
Address: Snowdonia National Park Offices, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd. LL48 6LF
Telephone: 01341 422 878
Mobile: 07748 103940
16 January 2017
During 2015-16, I decided to build a wall to celebrate the wealth of old names of pools on our local rivers, as part of our responsibility as wardens to safeguard and promote an understanding of our rich cultural heritage. I built it as part of a Grow Wild project to recreate a wildflower garden which, with the help of local schoolchildren and volunteers, is taking shape.