Snowdonia National Park Facts

Snowdonia National Park Facts
Snowdonia National Park is an 823 square mile park located in Wales, in Britain. Unlike many national parks, this is a living and working area, with more than 26,000 permanent residents. It is Wales' largest national park, and the first of three to be established in Wales, and the third national park established in Britain after the Peak District and the Lake District (also both created in 1951). The other two national parks in Wales include Brecon Beacons and Pembrokeshire Coastline. It was created in 1951 and each year approximately 6 million people visit the park. Visitors to the park can enjoy a variety of adventures including farm tours, white water rafting, train rides and many more activities. In Welsh it is known as 'Eryri' which means 'the place of the eagles'. Some speculation suggests that 'Eryri' simply means 'highlands'.
Interesting Snowdonia National Park Facts:
Snowdonia National Park is made up of forests, mountains, lakes, valleys, gorges, waterfalls, and rivers.
Mountain ranges account for half of the surface of Snowdonia National Park.
Snowdonia National Park has many features for visitors including the Glasfryn Parc Activity and Adventure Center, Greenwood Forest Park, King Arthur's Labyrinth, Fairbourne Miniature Railway, Anglesey Boat Trips, National White Water Center, Snowdonia Walking and Climbing, and Electric Mountain.
Major attractions to see in and nearby Snowdonia National Park include Swallow Falls (also known as Rhaeadr, or Foaming waterfall), Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery, Gwydyr Forest (7,250 hectares of forest), Bodnant Gardens (world famous 32 hectare garden), and Portmeirion (village in Gwynedd).
Trees commonly found in the forests of Snowdonia include hazel trees, rowan trees, oak trees, and ash trees.
There are nine mountain ranges in Snowdonia National Park. They include 90 peaks and 100 lakes.
Snowdonia National Park contains 23 miles of coastline.
Narrow Gauge Railways will take visitors to the area on tours of the surrounding region, including Snowdon Mountain Railway that runs to the summit of Snowdon.
There are estuaries in Snowdonia National Park including Mawddach, Dwyryd, and Dyfi. Estuaries are partially enclosed water bodies that have brackish water and can support unique wildlife and plant growth.
Snowdonia National Park is Britain's third largest national park after Cairngorms National Park and Lake District.
Mount Snowdon is the largest mountain in Wales and is located in the park and in all of England. It sits at 1,085 meters above sea level and it is possible to see Ireland on a clear day from the summit.
Approximately 100,000 people take the train each year to reach the summit of Mount Snowdon. Approximately 400,000 walk the mountain each year as well.
Snowdonia is a popular region for walking. There is an estimated 1,479 miles of footpaths open to the public in the region.
Almost 60% of the people living in Snowdonia speak Welsh.
Of all the houses in Snowdonia, roughly 14% of them are for holiday use.
Snowdonia is the wettest national park in Wales. It gets about 4,343 mm each year while other regions such as Pembrokeshire only receives 1000 mm each year.

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