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Visit Snowdonia National Park
Think of Wales, and you'll likely think of Snowdonia, the beautiful range of mountains and hills located in the county of Gwynedd. Consisting of 14 majestic peaks over 3,000 ft high - the most famous being the 3,546 ft Snowdon (the summit of which is accessible by train) - Snowdonia can be seen as far away as Porthmadog on the west coast. When you're there, it's easy to see why the area has featured so heavily in local legends, including those based around King Arthur, who locals will insist was Welsh. Snowdonia National Park is also one of the most popular hiking and climbing destinations in Britain, and extends from the coast all the way to Bala Lake.
Snowdonia National Park covers some 823 sq mi and extends inland from the coast between Penmaenmawr and Caernarfon, by way of Bethesda to Bala Lake and Llanfairfechan. Access to the most popular part of this area, including Snowdon itself, is made easier by the Snowdon Mountain Railway, which starts at Llanberis. 'Eryri' is the Welsh name for Snowdonia, the Land of the Eagle, and it is one of the most popular hiking and climbing places in Britain due to its spectacularly rugged mountain scenery, beaches, dunes and valleys. Along with 50-plus lakes, the park features a rich cultural heritage that includes Roman remains, prehistoric circles, stonewalls and traditional farms.