Snowdonia Wales National Park is located in North Wales of U.K, established in 1951. It is one of the three national parks of Wales.
Set on a 838 square miles in a beautiful locality, in Welsch language this national Park is called Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri. The northernmost area is the most popular with tourists.
The majestic Snowdon Mountain is located in the National Park in Gwynedd, in North Wales, at an altitude of 3560 ft above sea level. Gwynedd is a county in north-west Wales, named after the old Kingdom of Gwynedd. Though it is geographically one of the biggest counties, it is one of the most sparsely populated areas in North Wales. In Welsh, the area is named Eryri.
The English name "Snowdon" comes from the Saxon Snow Dun, meaning "snow hill", and has one of the wettest climates in Great Britain. The summit has six ridges- rocky to the north and east, shallower and grassy,but more remote to the south and west. Edmund Hillary trained here for his climb up Mount Everest.
On the way before reaching the summit, you can see several beautiful places. At the northern edge of the national park, lies cascading Aber Falls.
Another most popular destination here is the village of Betws y Coedon the eastern side of the national park. At the east of the national park lies the beautiful Bala Lake, the largest natural lake in Wales and a popular centre for sailing.
Snowdon provides train facillity also, and it is a bit longer route. Began in 1896, Snowdon Mountain Railway is a great way to reach there. It starts from Llanberis station and returns from the summit after 2 1/2 hours, which includes30 minutes stop at the peak.
Electric Mountain is another great attraction in Llanberis and is the visitor centre for the Dinorwig underground power station.Visitors can take a tour which takes you deep into the mountain where you can see the huge pumps and learn how this modern wonder was created.
Another interesting place is Llechwedd Slate Caverns. In Snowdonia Wales you can learn how slate became one of North Wales biggest industries during the 19th century.
Northern Snowdonia is the only place in Britain where the Snowdon Lily, an arctic-alpine plant, and the rainbow-coloured Snowdon beetle (Chrysolina cerealis) are found, and the only place in the world where the Snowdonia hawkweed Hieracium snowdoniense grows.
Rare mammals like Otters, Polecats, and Feral goat are seen in this national park. Rare birds include Raven, Peregrine, osprey, and Merlin.
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