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Hold the line, BT, phone box is a ramblers' refuge.

IT has not worked for more than 18 months but walkers are trying to save a red phone box on a mountainside - because it is used as a rain shelter.

The fact it no longer works means the red box is being listed for removal by BT.

But keen walkers are trying to save it - so they have somewhere to go when bad weather closes in.

The isolated phone booth on the mountain near Tregaron, in Ceredigion, is described as an "important part of the landscape" by ramblers.

BT is giving people 90 days' notice to raise objections before it is taken away.

A campaign led by the Elenydd Wilderness Hostels Trust, which provides overnight shelter for the hundreds of walkers in the area, has called for it to be saved.

Chairman Marilyn Barrack said: "The phone box provides shelter in bad weather. It could be a lifeline.

"Mobile coverage is very sparse and there is not another phone box for about seven miles, and there are not many houses in the area."

Fellow walker Dave Bradford, 59, said: "There's been many a time when I've stopped in there just to get away from the gales and rain. It is a little haven."

Campaigner Dafydd Morgan, 46, of Tregaron Walking Club, said it was a key landmark for people on the mountain.

He added: "It's the only landmark up there that can assist people on their travels."

A spokesman for BT said the phone box had been vandalised, and added: "We have started a consultation with Ceredigion Council and the community would have an opportunity to feed into this."

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