A popular Meirionnydd beauty spot has been blocked off to visitors after the land owner grew tired of constant littering.
Locals spoke of their sadness this week after farmer Alan Titley blocked the entrance to the Blue Lake at Golwern Quarry on the outskirts of Friog, near Fairbourne.
The quarry, famed for its stunning blue lake, attracted visitors from all over, especially after it featured on TripAdvisor and the BBC show Countryfile, despite being on private land.
But those visitors brought with them litter and a headache for Mr Titley who took the decision last week to block off access to the quarry, saying his generosity in allowing the public to access the site has been abused.
In the last week, over 40 bags of rubbish were collected from the site, which proved to be the final straw for Mr Titley, who decided to fill in a narrow access tunnel with 60 tonnes of soil.
Louise Hughes, county councillor for the Llangelynnin ward, spoke to Mr Titley and told the Cambrian News: “He’s had enough.
“His generosity has been abused by people littering the site.
“He has found dirty nappies, barbecues, beer cans, a tent and even human faeces.
“It is just week after week and sadly, yet again, the minority have ruined it for everyone else.”
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