Like many who stay with us David West-Watson and his wife Anne from Rhosneigr decided to walk up Cadair Idris. They tackled the mountain via The Pony Path a few days after an eight foot wooden chair had been left near the summit. It had taken fifteen people more than four hours to carry it up and it had been donated by craftsman, Nick Bullen, from the nearby Corris Craft Centre as a farewell gesture to the community before he returns to his native South Africa. However Nick was told later that his gift had flouted planning laws and both the Snowdonia National Park and Countryside Council for Wales said that allowing the chair to stay would set a ‘dangerous precedent’. It has now been agreed that the oak chair will be placed at The CCW’s exhibition centre at Ystradlyn cottage which is at the foot of the mountain by the Minffordd carpark. So David gets the honour of probably being the first (and last!) of our guests to sit in this imposing chair so near the clouds.

“As I neared the top I met a couple from Swansea who very kindly agreed to take my picture sitting in it. Little did I know then that very soon the chair would be off on its travels again!”

said David. To see more pictures from the West-Watson’s ascent go to ‘Cadair Conquerors’ accessed from ‘The Area’ button.