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Snowdonia

Introduction

Snowdonia National Park (Eryri in Welsh) is one of Britain's most stunning areas. Famed for it's stunning scenery and spectacular mountains, in particular Snowdon, from which the park's name is derived. It measures 838 square miles in total.


The Park attracts over 6 million visitors annually, split almost equally between day and staying visitors, making it the third most visited National Park in England and Wales. More than 26,000 people live within the Park, of whom about 62% can speak at least some Welsh.

Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), at 3,560 ft, is the highest mountain in the British Isles south of Scotland - and the most popular!  It can become quite crowded during the summer months, as it's not just hikers and climbers who can appreciate it's spell-binding views, but travellers on the Snowdon Mountain Railway which runs all the way to the summit. There's also a fabulous new summit cafe, Hafod Eryri, which was openend in 2009.

The other high mountains with their boulder-strewn summits - as well as Tryfan, one of the few mountains in the UK south of Scotland whose ascent needs hands as well as feet - are also very popular. However, there are also some spectacular walks in Snowdonia on the lower mountains, and they tend to be relatively unfrequented.

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Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015