Car parks at Penyfan and Snowdon full at 9am on Saturday and expected to get busier

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Car parks at some national parks in Wales were full by 9am this morning and beauty spots are expected to get busier as temperatures soar.

Snowdonia National Park Authority advised visitors first thing two car parks were already full, while police warned the area around Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons was “very busy”.

People are expected to flock to beaches and beauty spots across Wales this weekend, with the Met Office forecasting warm, dry and sunny weather.

Forecasters said cloud early on Saturday would clear throughout the morning, leaving sunshine and bringing highs of 27C.

The Brecon Roads Policing Unit, of Dyfed-Powys Police, warned just after 9am on Saturday the Storey Arms was already “very busy”.

They added: “[It] will probably get busier. Please think before heading out.”

Officers urged day trippers to search out other – less busy – venues, park sensibly and keep to speed limits.

Snowdonia National Park Authority advised visitors just before 8.25am car parks at Nant Peris and Pont Bethania were already full.

They added further car parks at Ogwen, Rhyd Ddu and Cwellyn were “very busy” and asked motorists to check for parking updates online before setting out.

Jim Jones, chief executive of North Wales Tourism, said car parking and traffic management in the national park was inadequate for visitors – the majority of whom want to behave responsibly.

He told North Wales Live the problem should have been addressed a long time ago, adding: “Every year, it is the same around Snowdon – full car parks and badly parked cars on the highways.

“It is not okay to block a highway, but this is an entirely predictable problem and every year it’s the same.

“The authorities involved have had months of opportunity, years even, to alleviate this problem.”

He also condemned the “overly-negative anti-visitor commentary”, and said social media references to “diseased” visitors and “selfish” beach-goers may be hindering the recovery of sector that is on its knees following the  Covid lockdown, said Mr Jones.

Traffic Wales, the Welsh Government’s road information service, asked people to use their judgement when travelling to beauty spots in Wales.

They added: “Even though restrictions are now starting to ease, that is not to say normal life has resumed. Covid-19 has not gone away.”

Gwynedd Council asked visitors to park responsibly, keep two metres apart and dispose of litter appropriately.

They said: “Please respect our local communities and act responsibly if visiting the area.”



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