Snowdonia National Park

04 Jul
Tal-y-llyn in the Snowdonia National Park

Tal-y-llyn in the Snowdonia National Park

The Snowdonia National Park is home to many attractions including the highest mountain in England and Wales and the largest natural lake in Wales.

Situated on the west coast of Britain covering 823 square miles of diverse landscapes, Snowdonia National Park is a living working area, home to over 26,000 people. As well as being the largest National Park in Wales, Snowdonia boasts the highest mountain in England and Wales, and the largest natural lake in Wales, as well as a wealth of picturesque villages like Betws y Coed and Beddgelert. Snowdonia is an area steeped in culture and local history, where more than half its population speak Welsh.

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Visiting Snowdonia National Park

Snowdonia’s landscape is unique. The nine mountain ranges cover approximately 52% of the Park and include many peaks that are over 3,000 feet (915m). Apart from the beauty and charm of its high mountains, Snowdonia is a delightfully varied landscape of steep river gorges, waterfalls and green valleys. Oak, ash, rowan and hazel woodlands are found scattered throughout the Park whilst the beautiful Dyfi, Mawddach and Dwyryd estuaries and 23 miles of coastline and sandy beaches contribute to the overall diversity of the landscape.

Every year over 6 million visitor days are spent here. If you’re thinking of coming here, we hope this part of the site will help you to plan your visit and make it more enjoyable.

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Snowdonia National Park – the environment

In Snowdonia, we are blessed with a rich variety of semi-natural environments, shaped by humans over several millennia to create the landscape we see around us today. First created following the 1949 National Park and Access to the Countryside Act, a study to identify boundaries for the National Park began in 1950, resulting in the boundary we have today. The criterion for inclusion in the Park was outstanding scenic beauty, which led to the exclusion of the slate production areas and some urban developments. Snowdonia National Park came into existence on the 18th of October 1951. It was the third National Park to be designated in Britain, and the first in Wales. Today, Snowdonia is one of 15 National Parks in Britain. Later, Snowdonia National Park became an independent Authority, who’s main purposes is to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area;
  • Promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the Park by the public;
  • We also have a duty to seek to foster the economic and social well being of local communities within the Park.
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