Snowdonia National Park is a huge draw for many who visit North Wales, with its breath-taking views, mountain hikes, clear blue lakes and fascinating history. Our Wales caravans for sale are within easy distance for a day out in Snowdonia, and we highly recommend making your way to the National Park along with the six million people who visit every year! But before you head there on your holiday to North Wales, why not learn some fun facts about it?
A Huge National Park
Snowdonia covers 823 square miles in North Wales, making it the largest National Park in Wales, ahead of Pembrokeshire and the Brecon Beacons, and it is the third largest in the UK after the Cairngorms in Scotland and the Lake District in England. In the park, there are nine mountain ranges, 1,497 miles of public footpaths and it’s home to the largest lake in Wales, Bala Lake.
Within Snowdonia, you will find 15 mountains that reach over 3000ft (914.4m), including the highest peak in England and Wales, Snowdon at 3559 ft (1085m). They are also close enough to each other, that it is possible to reach all 15 within 24 hours, a challenge known as the Welsh 3000s.
Snowdonia has a surprising amount of rail lines running through it, including a track that takes you to the top of Snowdon. The ‘Great Little Trains’ of Wales are a great way of seeing Snowdonia’s scenery from the comfort of a train! You can take the Snowdon Mountain Railway, Ffestiniog Railway, Welsh Highland Railway, Talyllyn and the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway.
Snowdonia National Park has become a centre of adventure in Wales, and there are several attractions in its borders that cater to visitors after an adrenaline thrill; Zip World, Go Below, The National White Water Centre, GreenWood Forest Park, Glasfryn Parc Activity and Adventure being some. Other attractions include Bodnant Gardens and Swallow Falls.
The National Park’s 23 miles of coastline is a Special Area of Conservation, containing dune systems, and large areas of the park are designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest, nature reserves and Special Protection Areas. In Northern Snowdonia, you will find the Snowdon lily and Snowdon beetle, the only place to find the species in Britain.
There are 389 natural lakes in the whole of Wales, with 250 in Snowdonia. The Welsh for ‘lake’ is ‘llyn’ and often referred to in this way, similar to lochs in Scotland. Though there are many lakes in Snowdonia, they are small and relatively shallow, found in valleys between mountains, and often glacial.
Legends and Myths
The identity of Snowdonia has been influenced by myths, legends and folklore, which have been interwoven with every lake, mountain and village. King Arthur features prominently in several, and many places have his name, while Excalibur is said to be in several lakes such as Dinas and Llydaw. Other legends include the Mabinogion stories, the sorrowful tale of Rhys and Meinir and the giant Idris.
Are you going to challenge yourself and walk up Snowdon? Discover facts about Wales’ tallest peak before hiking up to the summit!