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Snowdonia | Gwynedd, Wales, U.K.


United Kingdom
53° 4' 5.4336" N, 4° 4' 35.6556" W

Near Llanberis - Photo: Alan Buchan

Snowdonia (Welsh: Eryri) is a region in north Wales and a national park in area. The English name for the area derives from Snowdon, which is the highest mountain in Wales at 3560 ft (1085 m). In Welsh, the area is named Eryri. One assumption is that the name is derived from eryr ("eagle"), but others state that it means quite simply Highlands, as leading Welsh scholar Sir Ifor Williams proved. In the Middle Ages the title Prince of Wales and Lord of Snowdonia (Tywysog Cymru ac Arglwydd Eryri) was used by Llywelyn ap Gruffudd; his grandfather Llywelyn Fawr used the title Prince of north Wales and Lord of Snowdonia.

Prior to the designation of the boundaries of the National Park, the term "Snowdonia" was generally used to refer to a much smaller area, namely the upland area of northern Gwynedd centred on the Snowdon massif, whereas the national park covers an area more than twice that size extending far to the south into Meirionnydd.

Snowdonia National Park (Welsh: Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri) was established in 1951 as the third National Park in Britain, following the Peak District and the Lake District. It covers 827 sq mi (2140 km2), and has 37 mi (60 km) of coastline.

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.

More infos: Wikipedia


Snowdonia - Photo: Zygimantas Savickas


Snowdonia - Photo: Laura Dempsey


Snowdon Mountain Railway - Photo: Mountain Leader Training


Llyn Idwal- Photo: Jo

SUBMITTED ON 12.07.2013.