What does it mean to you to be able to explore the National Parks?
I’ve loved the freedom of National Parks from a very early age and this sense of wildness has stayed with me. Too often I find myself too busy to pause and appreciate life and the world around me, so immersing myself in nature gives me that chance to recharge, reflect and reconnect with both myself and all the beauty that surrounds me.
What’s your favourite hidden gem in Snowdonia?
I have a few favourite spots in Snowdonia, not sure if they would be classed as hidden gems but my favourite places to explore are Cadair Idris which is an amazing hike that has 360 views at the top and a gorgeous little lake named Llyn Cau which you can stop off at on the way up. My other favourite place is Coed-y-Brenin which is a beautiful forest with so many trails, and there’s also chance to take a dip in the water along the way, if you’re brave enough!
Why do you think it’s so important to protect our National Parks?
We’re lucky to have a number of National Parks in the UK and as there’s been an increase in leisure time there’s also been an increase in the use of our National Parks. For me personally they’ve helped me with my mental health, physical fitness and creativeness which I can’t do my job without and I think many people feel the same. They are a place for people to escape, to learn and to enjoy and not protecting them would mean so many beautiful parts of this country would just be lost! We should not only protect them for ourselves and future generations but for the species and plants that live within them because after all, being out in nature is not an experience that can be substituted or replicated.