Barry Skinner lived in Beddgelert from 1986.
He was born in Coventry and started walking and climbing in the mountains of Snowdonia at the age of fifteen.
After a spell in retailing and interior design, he left all behind in 1964 and for the next sixteen years toured Britain, Europe and America playing guitar and singing his own and traditional songs, recording several albums and appearing on television and radio. He was one of the founding members of the first Coventry Folk Club in 1962, and was involved in performing and writing music until the end of his life.
From 1979 until 1986 he worked for the Coventry Education Waterways Scheme, running narrow boats for school groups. During this time he wrote a large number of songs about the canals.
From 1986 he lived permanently in Snowdonia, initially building custom made doll's houses. He continued to paint, later adding woodturning and enamelling.
Having various qualifications for instructing Outdoor Activities, such as rock climbing, mountain walking, kayaking, skiing etc, he freelanced as an instructor at several centres, before moving permanently to Plas Caerdeon, the outdoor centre belonging to Liverpool Hope University. He retired in 1998 as Deputy Head of the Centre. During this period he was a leader and Search Manager with the South Snowdonia Search and Rescue Team and an Assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
His two ambitions in life were:
a) never to become an adult and
b) never to have a proper job.
His partner Anne, claims that he had succeeded in both these ambitions!