The Snowdonia National Park

The largest of the three Welsh National Parks, Snowdonia was formally designated in 1951. Within its boundaries are 823 square miles of some of the finest landscapes in Britain, a large proportion of which is designated for wildlife protection. It is home to just 25,000 people, but millions visit every year to enjoy the special qualities of its mountains, moors, rivers and coast, and to savour natural beauty, fresh air and a sense of space not found in cities. The Snowdonia National Park Authority has responsibility for planning decsions across the National Park.

From the summit of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) at 1085 metres (3560 feet) down to the sea-shore, Snowdonia is rich in wildlife and has a strong cultural identity linked to the flourishing Welsh language. Recently, the public has been given a ‘right to roam’ on mountains and moorland. But it is important to remember that most land is privately owned and access through cultivated farmland is only on public rights of way or permissive paths.

We need to remember also that the mountains are a potentially hostile environment for the inexperienced, the weather on the summits being invariably colder, wetter and windier than in the valley. Please check the mountain weather forecast for Snowdonia and read the safety information contained on this site. If in doubt, ask someone suitably experienced for advice. Treated with respect, however, these mountains are a natural treasure chest for the visitor to discover.

Please follow the Countryside Code when you are on the hill.