Posted: Thu 6th Aug 2020

Snowdonia officials report rise in ‘anti-social camping’ since lockdown restrictions lifted

North Wales news and information
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Aug 6th, 2020

Officials in Snowdonia National Park have reported a rise in “anti-social camping” since coronavirus travel restrictions were lifted. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Visitors have returned to North Wales in their droves over the last few weekends, leading to a debate over whether mass tourism causes more harm than good. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

In a post on Facebook, the park authority said there had been an increase in people parking their camper vans in lay bys, as well as pitching up tents. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

In some cases it has seen visitors using the countryside as a public toilet, leaving litter behind or causing a danger by starting campfires. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Officials are asking for people to respect the national park and use official campsites. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

They said: “Since travelling restrictions were lifted in Wales we have seen a significant increase in anti-social camping in tents, campervans and motorhomes in our laybys, on roadsides and open spaces. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“Anti-social camping often means no toilet facilities which poses a threat to public health. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“Anti-social camping in undesignated areas impairs other people’s quiet enjoyment of the national park. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“Litter and equipment is often left behind which endangers wildlife and is detrimental to the environment. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“Camp fires can get out of control with devastating effects on habitats. Anti-social camping does not contribute to our economy. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“Our national park is a sensitive area, where people live and work. Please help us protect it, and support local businesses by camping in official campsites. If campsites are full – then please delay your visit.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​


Since travelling restrictions were lifted in Wales we have seen a significant increase in anti-social camping in tents,… ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Posted by Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri – Snowdonia National Park on Thursday, 6 August 2020 ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​


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