Snowdonia National Park, Gwynedd, Wales
Spread out over 823 square miles, Snowdonia is the largest national park in Wales and as everyone knows, it’s home to the biggest mountain in England and Wales – Mount Snowdon of course, so if climbing is your thing, get your boots on because there’s a challenge for you. Snowdonia National Park can also boast the largest natural lake in the whole of Wales and it’s one of only two International Dark Sky Reserves in the country. So it’s not surprising that thousands of people come to the park each year to enjoy the natural beauty, the bountiful activities, the beaches and the numerous attractions and activities like cycling, horse riding, climbing, golf, and watersports.
Walking, needless to say, is a big thing in Snowdonia National Park, with several trails that cover rugged mountains, lush river valleys, ancient woodlands and sandy beaches. It has to be one of the best ways to take in the spectacular scenery and to discover just how much there is to see and do in Snowdonia. For example, did you know how many waterfalls there are here? Well, there are a few, we can tell you, among them the falls at Cynfall and Dogloch where the waters cascade down through mossy woodlands, creating a quite magical sight.
Another thing that’s plentiful in Snowdonia are steam railways, most of them built for transporting slate; perhaps the most well known is the Ffestiniog Railway that reaches heights of 700 ft above sea level – the views, the views! And castles – the Welsh and their castles! Go and see Conwy, Caernarfon and Harlech, though if that’s not your thing there’s plenty more to do. Take the kids to King Arthur’s Labyrinth or Greenwood Forest Park, go and see a slate or copper mine, a woollen mill or the Ugly House; if you can remember as far back as the 1960’s you can visit Portemerion where The Prisoner was filmed.
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