Poo and bog roll litters summit of UK mountain sparking fury at grim sight
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Furious walkers have hit out after finding human poo on Mount Snowdon – one of Britain’s most famous beauty spots.
They discovered the foul excrement along with rubbish near the summit of the picturesque mountain, which they say has happened before.
Someone had even bought toilet paper to the site showing how prepared they were, WalesOnline reports.
Luke Cartwright, 26, of Chester, came across the unfortunate sight at Wales’ highest mountain on Sunday morning.
He said: "There were about four walkers in front of me and they had already seen it.
"You have to go that way, and they had to go around it, but I was so disgusted.
"There was so much litter around there, and it was in a place where you have to go around."
He has seen regular piles of litter in the area since more people started to visit the site since the country went into lockdown in March to tackle coronavirus.
Luke added: "It was clearly fresh. You can see the toilet paper in it.
“It was in such an awful place.
"I don't know how anyone had managed to do it.
“We had to go around it, but there were so many people out walking so inevitably someone would have stepped in it.
"Since lockdown the amount of rubbish left there has been unbelievable."
It comes after hundreds of visitors were seen queuing to reach the summit over the weekend, raising fears over a lack of social distancing.
As lockdown restrictions started to ease in the summer, Snowdonia Society staff and volunteers went out every weekend in July and August to clean the area, clocking up more than 840 hours.
More than 500 bags of rubbish were collected and the team found barbecues, discarded tents and human waste.
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John Harold, director of the Snowdonia Society, said: "We've seen all kinds of impacts on Snowdon over the years – things like irresponsible parking, footpath erosion, and all kinds of littering – including human waste.
"Whilst this isn't new, the pressures have been really serious since lockdown was eased at the beginning of July.
"But there has been an extra factor this year – a higher proportion than usual of visitors seem to have little understanding of how to visit safely and responsibly.
"It's a relatively small number of people, but they have a significant and visible negative impact.
"It's understandable that we, as people who live here, feel that the place is being disrespected.
"If you went to the home of someone who dropped litter on Snowdon, and dumped a bag of rubbish on their doorstep, they wouldn't think it was ok.
"So the challenge is to show people what normal behaviour looks like in the countryside."
A Snowdonia National Park Authority (SNPA) spokesman added: "We are disheartened by this incident and a small minority that thinks this is acceptable behaviour in such a special fragile landscape."
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