Claims to Fame:
Statistics and Superlatives:
- 90 summits above 2,000 ft. and 15 over 3,000 ft.
- 9 mountain ranges covering 52% of the land
- 1,700 miles of public footpaths, bridlepaths and rights of way
- 75% of its area in private ownership with the rest owned by the Crown, National Trust, MOD, Forestry Commission, other public bodies.
- The highest peaks are Snowdon (3,560 ft.) in the north and Cader Idris (2,929 ft.) in the South.
Towns and Villages:
- Bala One of the park's larger towns
- Beddgelert Burial place of the legendary Gelert, the faithful hound of Medieval Welsh Prince Llewelyn the Great
- Betws-y-Coed Gateway to Swallow Falls and the Fairy Glen, and one of the prettiest towns of North Wales
- Dolgellau Another of the regions larger towns
- Harlech Site of an impressive castle.
- Conwy Just outside the park but worth a visit
- Dolwyddelan Castle
- Castell y Bere
- Dolbadarn Castle
- Gwydir Castle A privately owned, fortified Tudor House, the paneled dining room was recently returned from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. It's a B&B and open, in season, for day visits as well.
- Penrhyn Castle This National Trust property is a 19th century fantasy worth visiting for the contents, grounds and views
More National Trust Properties in Snowdonia:
- Aberconwy House 14th century townhouse in Conwy, believed to be the oldest in Wales.
- Conwy Suspension Bridge Elegant suspension bridge, designed for Conwy Castle by Thomas Telford in 1826
- Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant A 16th century farmhouse, birthplace of William Morgan, first translator of the bible into Welsh
- Welsh Countryside The trust owns and maintains large areas around Aberglaslyn and Nantgwynant, Glyderau and Carneddau, including mountains, valleys, farmland and moorland.
- Llanberis PathThe most popular tourist path up Snowdon
- Snowdon Ranger Path
- PYG Track For experienced, equipped walkers
- Miners Track A safe mountain walk for the less experienced
- Rhyd Ddu Path Easier and less used
- Watkin Path Victorian path
- Tŷ Nant Path Pony Trail up Cader Idris
- Minffordd PathShort and steep on Cader Idris
- Llanfihangel y Pennant PathEasier but longer on Cader Idris
Getting Around by Car:
Driving is easy, and roads are usually quiet but they are not fast and you may be sharing them with cyclists, pedestrians and, occasionally, sheep. During the summer, on bank holidays and weekends, roads around Betwys-y-Coed can be busy.
Getting Around By Train:
Three scenic railway services operate within the park:
- The Rheilffordd Ffestiniog Railway between Porthmadog harbor and the slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog - the world's oldest operational passenger railway.
- The Welsh Highland Railway joins Caernarvon to Rhyd Ddu, a village on the slopes of Snowdon.
- Conwy Valley Railway links the north coast to the heart of the park.
The Snowdon Sherpa - The Best Travel Bargain in Snowdonia:
More information and timetables for the Snowdon Sherpa.
Seven More Cool Things To Do in Snowdonia
- Get on your bike Mountain biking is popular in the Gwydyr Forest near Betws-y-Coed.
- Have Tea in the Garden Visit world-famous Bodnant Garden, owned by the national Trust, for its lovely woodlands, its views of Snowdon, its azalea gardens. Then stop for a cup of tea with home made goodies.
- Go Down The Mines at the Llechwedd Slate Caverns. Descend Britain's steepest passenger railway for an underground son et lumiere in the Victorian slate mines.
- Go Up The Mountain Climb Snowdon the easy way on the Snowdon Mountain Railway a really spectacular 2.5 hour journey to the summit.
- Ride 'em Cowperson Pony trekking is a tranquil way to see the best of the National Park. Snowdonia Riding Stables has information on how to organize a vacation on horseback.
- Get very, very wet white water rafting at on the the Tryweryn from the National White Water Center. This is a dam released river, flowing when other UK rivers are dry and providing year round white water experiences.
- Get Natural, strip off an flaunt it at Morfa Dyffryn regularly selected as one of UK's best, official, nude beaches.
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