Things we thought we'd never see
As lockdown restrictions start to be lifted - again - images like this from Michael Farrow, who lives near Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant, are a reminder of just how bizarre a time we've been living through.
Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant, about 12 miles west of Oswestry, is famous for its nearby Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall. At some 240ft high, it's the biggest single-drop waterfall in Britain and has drawn walkers and tourists in their droves for many years.
Not surprisingly, this time last year, as the full impact of the first lockdown was still being digested (and often ignored), locals were keen to point out that Pistyll Rhaeadr was off limits.
But worse was to follow. The relaxation of the rules in July caused chaos, with thousands of visitors a day resulting in major incidents, including broken bones requiring two call-outs for the air ambulance after the four-mile single track road leading to the site became gridlocked.
“It was pandemonium," said Phil Facey, who has worked at the site for over 20 years. One person at the top of the waterfall slipped and fell onto rock. But that was just the start. "Two days later a girl climbed a tree near the top of the waterfall, fell and broke her ankle and knee," says Phil. "It was the same mountain-rescue and helicopter crew who came. They couldn’t believe it.”
At the time of writing, for anyone outside of Wales, the site remained off limits.
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by Michael Farrow
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