Spend a Pen-y

By DeusExMacintosh

Car abandoned on Mount Snowdon

Police are investigating how a vehicle ended up on a footpath close to the summit of Snowdon.

It is believed the 4×4 was driven up on Saturday morning but may have become stuck on the descent about 400 yards (365m) from the top.

North Wales Police confirmed they were called to the incident but currently have no more details.

Snowdon is Wales’s highest mountain at 1,085m (3,560 ft).

Walkers passing the Vauxhall Frontera have taken photographs of the vehicle on the Llanberis side of the summit, close to the train track.

It is unclear exactly when it was driven up there.

BBC News

Probably a stationary protest over parking costs…

UPDATE: They found the guy but not the ‘why’. Still, Wales has some pretty stiff penalties in place to discourage fly tipping…

A man has been charged with a driving offence after a 4×4 vehicle was found close to the summit of Snowdon. The charges relate to driving a vehicle on common land, moorland or land which is not part of a road.

The man, 39, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, has been released on bail to appear before Caernarfon Magistrates Court on 16 September.

Options for removing the Vauxhall Frontera include a winch by helicopter or using the mountain railway… The vehicle is believed to have been driven up the railway track.


  1. kvd
    Posted September 6, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    My vote would be for the Parks and Wildlife people to video it being driven down the railway backwards and then sell the pics so obtained to the makers of the vehicle, who could play it backward and thereby gain street cred for their off-road creds. But that is just one idea. We need a committee to consider possibilities – or, as Mel would say:

    The starting point, as with pretty well everything, should be an exhaustive review of the systems currently in place around the globe. Secondly, trial and evaluation of at least half a dozen methods with longitudinal studies as follow ups so we can work out the best approach.

    Only this time it is a retreat, rather than approach, that we seek.

  2. Posted September 6, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    [email protected] …. good thing to do? Hmmm. I’d be having a quiet word to Jeremy Clarkson if they hadn’t found the guy.

  3. Posted September 6, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    It’s certainly a bit unusual for Wales – usually in rural areas they’d steal a car, drive it up a nearby mountain and then torch it.

    The driver can’t really win with pleading mitigation – if he claims that he did it while drunk they’ll do him for DUI as well.

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