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Snowdonia National Park

Details for Snowdonia National Park

The song 'River Deep, Mountain High' could easily apply to the Snowdonia National Park. This unique landscape, which covers 1,325 square kilometres, includes nine mountain ranges, dense woodlands, deep valleys and spectacular waterfalls. The highest mountain in England and Wales, Snowdon, is located here and rises 1,085 metres above sea level.

Created by volcanic rocks the mountains extend over over half of the National Park and offer a diversity of activities for the visitor to enjoy.  There are several walking paths up to Snowdon which can be challenging for the novice rambler.  Rock climbing is popular with the cliff faces used by Edmund Hillary when he was practicing for his ascent of Everest.

More leisurely walks exist along the coastline or through the valleys of Snowdonia.  Most of these are circular which leaves the visitor with the option of a stroll of a couple of hour's duration to a full day hiking along more undulating paths.

Kayaking and canoeing are prevalent activities on the Nant Gwynant, Plas y Brenin and Llyn Padarn waters whilst the more adventureous might want to try the experience of white-water rafting at the National Centre near Bala.

The Snowdon Mountain Railway offers a more leisurely route to the top of the mountain. Operating in the summer months only, the railway travels the 7.6 kilometres to the summit starting at Llanberis.  At the top is the Hafod Eryri Visitor Centre and Café where the visitor can experience the   outstanding views over the mountain range whilst enjoying a hot or cold brew or a delicious range of home cooked dishes.  Wide windows and large screen information points combine to give a veritable and unique sensory experience.

Return to Llanberis and visit the National Slate museum to have a...


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