A Brief Guide: Visiting the National Park in Snowdonia, North Wales

The Snowdonia National Park is situated on the west coast of the United Kingdom and over looks the Irish Sea and some of the most spectacular countryside you will find in Wales. Snowdonia saw its National Park designated back in 1951, so that this unique and breathtaking landscape could be preserved and cared for, so generations to come would have the opportunity to enjoy this fantastic part of Wales.

Snowdonia's National Park covers an area of over 820 square miles, offering a range of landscapes and terrains with its thoroughly diverse topography. Snowdonia can boast to being home to the highest mountain in England and Wales; Mount Snowdon has an altitude of 3,560 ft (or 1,085 metres) above sea level.

Mount Snowdon is a mecca for many people who enjoy countryside activities like hiking, mountain biking, hill walking, rock climbing, abseiling, paragliding, plus an ideal landscape for wildlife and bird watching.

Many people enjoy, hill walking, Mount Snowdon offers a challenge, and apart from the physical rewards you can enjoy the stunning scenery and awe-inspiring views across this amazing landscape. For those who want a slightly more leisurely ascent to the high peak, visitors can enjoy the historical and well-preserved Snowdon Mountain Railway.

The mountain railway travels the 4.7 miles (7.6 km) from Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon daily from March 31, every year through the season until winter arrives. It is one of the best ways to see Snowdonia, especially if you are planning to enjoy the train journey to the spectacular summit as part of a great day out with you and your family.

Once at Snowdon's summit you can take in the awesome views and vistas, whilst gazing across the beautiful landscape down below. Visitors can also visit the newly refurbished summit visitor's centre, shops and mountain café, where you can enjoy a wide variety of refreshments or enjoy a meal while you gaze across the mountain landscape.

Incidentally, Snowdonia has the largest natural lake in Wales and a whole host of smaller lakes and rivers where you can enjoy a wide range of water sport activities, these can include fishing, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking.

So the big questions are when will you be visiting North Wales and the Snowdonia National Park and where will you start your holiday? This area of Wales offers so much diversity for visitors that you will be spoilt for choice for locations and places to visit.


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