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June 12, 2009

Hafod Eryri

An £8 million cafe perched atop Mount Snowdon is the UK's highest cafe, replacing a 1935 construction Prince Charles described as "the highest slum in Wales."

Five years ago the authority decided to commit the equivalent of its entire annual budget into the one project to redevelop the site. The resulting granite structure, called Hafod Eryri, has been built to withstand the extreme weather conditions for which the mountain is famous, and even has a glass wall offering a 'window on the world'.

The name of the building was chosen from hundreds of entries from members of the public. Eryri means Snowdonia but Hafod which is an old Welsh term for a shepherd's summer residence on high land has no direct translation.

It is an impressive structure but could do with a massive beacon or possibly monumental images of forgotten kings for the finishing Tolkien touch.

Construction enthusiasts will enjoy the many images of work in progress at Snowdon Summit Blog.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 12, 2009 08:58 AM