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The highest peak in Wales is said to be the final resting place of a giant killed by King Arthur.
The centerpiece of Snowdonia National Park in northern Wales, Snowdon attracts over 300,000 visitors to its summit each year. Visitors can simply ride the Snowdon Mountain Railway from Llanberis Station for 4 miles or hike one of seven main routes, with Llanberis Path considered the easiest, yet also longest, trail at over 4.5 miles long. Rock climbers also flock to the mountain’s rough cliffs, which were used by Edmund Hillary and his crew to train for their climb that would take them up Mount Everest.
On the summit is the new visitors’ center, Hafod Eryri, opened in 2009 and containing a café and gift shop. A building has been on the summit since 1820, with even a small community of huts around it. A multi-purpose building was built there in 1934. This building would fall into disrepair, with even Prince Charles commenting that it was “the highest slum in Wales.” Hafod Eryri would replace it years later.
Snowdon’s name in Welsh, Yr Wyddfa, means “the tumulus” and according to legend, a giant named Rhitta Gawr was buried there after he was killed by King Arthur. The knight Bedivere is salso aid to have thrown Excalibur into one of the lakes on the mountain’s slopes.