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Snowdonia (Eryri)
Protected Area
Llyn Llydaw from Crib Goch 2.jpg
View of Llyn Llydaw from Crib Goch, Snowdonia National Park
Country Wales
Councils Gwynedd, Conwy, North Wales
Cities Betws-y-coed, Beddgelert
Location Wales
Highest point Snowdon
 - elevation 1,085 m (3,560 ft)
 - coordinates 53°04′08″N 4°04′32″W / 53.068865°N 4.075588°W / 53.068865; -4.075588
Area 838 sq mi (2,170 km²)
National Park of Wales 1951
IUCN category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape
A map of Snowdonia National Park shown in relation to North Wales.
A map of Snowdonia National Park shown in relation to North Wales.

Snowdonia (Welsh: Eryri) is a region in north Wales. It is also a national park of 838 square miles (2,170 km2) in area. It was the first National Park in Wales and it was made in 1951.

Name and extent[change | edit source]

The English name for the area comes from Snowdon, which is the highest mountain in Wales . In Welsh it is named Eryri.

Before the National Park was made, "Snowdonia" used to refer to a much smaller area around Snowdon itself.

More than 26,000 people live in Snowdonia. It attracts over 6 million visitors every year .[1]

Most of the land is either open or mountainous land, but there is also some farm-land

Snowdonia National Park has a hole in the middle, around the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog

Mountain ranges[change | edit source]

Panorama of some of the Snowdon Massif including Snowdon (centre right) taken from Mynydd Mawr. The Glyderau are visible in the distance.

References[change | edit source]

  1. Park Profile 2007. Snowdonia National Park Authority.

Other websites[change | edit source]

Coordinates: 52°54′N 3°51′W / 52.9°N 3.85°W / 52.9; -3.85