Snowdonia and its Beautiful Sweeping Landscape
Snowdonia was designated a national park in 1951. This is an area of the UK that is not only rich in heritage and culture from centuries gone by but it is also blessed with outstanding natural beauty. As the largest National Park in Wales it covers nearly 830 square miles and no matter what time of year you visit, the seasons only serve to enhance a very special experience.
The effects of the ice age can still be seen clearly on the rugged yet beautiful sweeping landscape from the ocean to the boldest mountains standing proud to offer some of the most breath taking scenery you will ever witness. The park not only includes lakes, mountain ranges and 23 miles of coastline but also castles, power stations, slate mines and world class mountain biking.
The Welsh name for Snowdonia is Eryri and means 'Place of the Eagles'. It is home to the highest mountain in England and Wales commonly known as Snowdon Mountain. The Welsh name is Yr Wyddfa meaning 'The Tomb' and it stands at 1085m/3560ft. The mountain is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Wales and has its own rack and pinion railway which travels to within 66 feet of the summit. This is not the only activity to do though because Snowdonia is quickly becoming an outdoor activity centre on the world stage. You can enjoy water sports, climbing, walking and mountain biking or perhaps a more sedate horse riding or wildlife watching.
Maybe the most satisfying quality of Snowdonia is that landscape is complemented by a local culture which is friendly and warm hearted. Most people who return to Snowdonia say this is a place that makes them remember what is important in life. No stresses or strains of modern day life. No wonder then you will not find a single motorway within the 830 square miles of Snowdonia National Park!