A guide to the Snowdonia National Park

Guide: Snowdonia


The English name for the area derives from Snowdon, which is the highest mountain in Wales at 3,560 ft (1,085 m). In Welsh the area is named Eryri. One assumption is that the name is derived from eryr ("eagle"), but others state that it means quite simply Highlands, as leading Welsh scholar Sir Ifor Williams proved.[1] In the Middle Ages the title Prince of Wales and Lord of Snowdonia (Tywysog Cymru ac Arglwydd Eryri) was used by Llywelyn ap Gruffudd; his grandfather Llywelyn Fawr used the title Prince of north Wales and Lord of Snowdonia.

Prior to the designation of the boundaries of the National Park, the term "Snowdonia" was generally used to refer to a much smaller area, namely the upland area of northern Gwynedd centred on the Snowdon massif, whereas the national park covers an area more than twice that size extending far to the south into Meirionnydd. This is apparent in books published prior to 1951 such as the classic travelogue Wild Wales by George Borrow (1862) and The Mountains of Snowdonia by H. Carr & G. Lister (1925). F. J. North, as editor of the book Snowdonia (1949), states "When the Committee delineated provisional boundaries, they included areas some distance beyond Snowdonia proper." The traditional Snowdonia thus includes the ranges of Snowdon and its satellites, the Glyderau, the Carneddau and the Moel Siabod group. It does not include the hills to the south of Maentwrog. As Eryri (see above), this area has a unique place in Welsh history, tradition and culture.

Scenery not to Miss

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.

Snowdonia National Park covers 823 square miles or 2,176 square kilometers of North Wales. This is twice the size of Anglesey and the same size as the counties of Cardiff, Merthyr, Rhondda, Newport, Caerphilly and Torfaen put together. Snowdonia's population is 25,702 but it has a low population density with only 12 people for every square kilometer. In comparison, Cardiff's population density is 4,392 people for every square kilometer.

Some Summit Facts

Snowdonia is home to Mount Snowdon, the largest mountain in Wales and England that stands at 1,085m above sea level. From the summit on a clear day you can see as far as the Lake District and Ireland.

Places To Stay

These are the Welsh Rarebits hotels located within Snowdonia National Park :

Places To Visit & Attractions


Food Producers

Snowdonia Cheese http://www.snowdoniacheese.co.uk/about-us.aspx

Purple Moose Brewery

Sources of Information

Visit Snowdonia http://www.visitsnowdonia.info/area,_towns_amp_villages-2.aspx

Snowdonia National Park http://www.eryri-npa.gov.uk/visiting



Photos & Videos

Flickr : Snowdonia

YouTube : Snowdonia http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Snowdonia%20National%20Park&sm=3


Met Office : Snowdonia http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/loutdoor/mountainsafety/snowdonia/snowdonia_latest_pressure.html

BBC Weather : Porthmadog  http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2640045