Find My EPIC


Yes it’s me. I’ve found my EPIC #FindYourEpic. As part of a tourism initiative to get visitors into the area a large sign measuring four metres high by eleven metres wide was fixed to a hillside at Pen-y-Gwryd in the Snowdonia National Park. The sign is mirrored and has the word EPIC. Visitors were encouraged to share their images of the letters on social media using #FindYourEpic. Now here’s the thing, the National Park gets enough visitors as it is in the summer time so it hardly needs more, especially in that area.

There has been a mixed reception to the sign, some people like it, others say it spoils an area that has some beautiful scenery. Fortunately it’s not staying long as the sign is due to me moved somewhere else in Wales tomorrow

Find My Epic
Olympus OM-D E-M1, Olympus M 12-40mm f2.8 PRO, 1/1250s at f3.5, ISO 200 #FindYourEpic

Knowing it was going tomorrow and despite heavy rain being predicted for all day it seemed a shame to miss getting a photograph. So off we went into the National Park to find it. Now knowing where it is and actually finding it in low-lying cloud are a different thing. Ten minutes before this photograph was taken, the road you can see in the background was shrouded in a thick mist and we were having trouble following the road. Fortunately the cloud started to lift and by the time we parked up, got the camera gear out, we could just see the sign on the hill through the mist.

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  1. The scenery in that area is beautiful and raw. I think I am seeing sheep on the hillside or mountain to the left but then I decided it must be rocks or boulders. The sign is a nice one but I can’t imagine why the park service put an Epic sign when the money could have been spent on something that was really needed.

    I got to thinking about my own epic sign and I have to say that every day that I make it through is an epic day. 🙂

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    1. There are sheep on the hillsides in that area, Yvonne. They roam wild all year and are brought down to lower levels when winter/lambing comes in. It’s great to see them being brought down. We don’t really have a Park Service looking after an area. Instead every National Park has a National Park Management Plan. This document sets out how different organisations will work together to achieve shared objectives for the future management of the National Park. Interestingly, most of the land in the National Park is still privately owned, but as walkers and climbers we have free access to the Park area. There are no Rangers, like in America, instead we have Wardens but their job is conservation and checking the popular trails through the park, that they are passable, especially important in winter time. http://www.eryri-npa.gov.uk/visiting/warden-service

      It wasn’t the park service who put it up. It was the Welsh Government (a bit like the State legislature but with quite a few differences). It’s moving today to somewhere else in Wales, hence my rush to get out there and photograph it before it went.

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