Author Topic: Charge to walk up Snowdon & possibly other mountains a step closer  (Read 854 times)

BrionyB

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I do wonder where it will end. Funnily enough I was looking at the line of people on Striding Edge the other day, thinking it looked like the queue for a theme park ride and wondering how long before it becomes a ticketed tourist attraction, with safety ropes and compulsory helmets, and opening and closing times. And maybe a zip wire to come back down...  ::)


I wonder also whether introducing a charge will counterintuitively increase rather than decrease the number of visitors; I seem to remember there's a phenomenon where putting a price on something (or increasing the price) can increase the demand by making it seem more prestigious and desirable.

Bigfoot_Mike

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It is strange that on my last visits to the summits of Snowdon and Hellvellyn I saw nobody outside the small group I was walking with. The time of day / week and weather conditions make a big difference to how many people are around..

Booga

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I wonder what percentage of visitors to Snowdon are already paying to park somewhere before their walk?
I doubt an extra 2 on the price of their day is going to put many people off considering the amount many will have paid in fuel, food, parking etc.

richardh1905

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It's not the 2 that makes me incensed about this proposal, it is the principle. How dare they suggest charging people to gain access, via a public right of way over CROW land, to go to the top of an iconic mountain?


If approved, this would set a very disturbing precedent, which I have no doubt that grasping unscrupulous landowners would be only too happy to follow.
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BuzyG

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Sounds like a simple case of a tax on climbing the mountain. That I have to disagree with in principal, regardless of the price of admission or the circumstances. It could be the start of a slippery slope, in the UK. There is a railway up it that carries 75000+ people up each year too.  Alas Snowdon is a victim of it's own raw beauty and the success of those happy to exploit it. 

MkPotato

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Perhaps it might be better to charge American dentists and other rich right-wing gun enthusiasts say 10,000 the right to track and shoot a walker on the massif? This would reduce the number of visitors significantly (one way or the other). Any Instagram pictures would be required to pay a royalty to councillors whiskey and cigar fund.

Parking would then be free.

It would certainly pique the interest of those no longer thrilled by Crib Goch.


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Toxicbunny

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It will be hard to make some people pay. The national trust own land and they charge for carparks. I have no issue but many an idiot will park on the roadside and block the traffic rather than pay. There's a carpark up north always has issues with this.