Park Authority

Filming at Hafod Eryri

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Facts and Figures

Snowdonia National Park was established in 1951 and is the third largest of the 15 National Parks in the Uk. The Park covers 2,132 square km (823 square miles) and stretches from Cardigan Bay's High Water Mark in the west, to the Conwy Valley in the east and from the River Dyfi and its estuary in the south to the coast of Conwy Bay as far as Conwy in the north.

The Snowdonia National Park takes its name from Snowdon which, at 1085m (3,560 feet), is the highest peak in Wales and England. In Welsh, Snowdon used to be called Yr Wyddfa Fawr (the Great Tomb or the Great Throne) or Carnedd y Cawr (the Cairn of the Giant). Nowadays it is simply called Yr Wyddfa, but the various names bear testament to a land steeped in legends, history and tradition. This is the ancient Kingdom of Gwynedd, the heart of Wales and the stronghold of 'Cymraeg', the Welsh Language. The Welsh name for the National Park is Eryri (The Highland).

Population (2011 Census)

58.6% of Snowdonia's population speak Welsh.

Total Population - 25,702

  • Males - 49.8%
  • Females - 50.2%

Age Structure

  • Age 0 to 17 - 4,408, 17.2%
  • Age 18 to 29 - 2,792, 10.8%
  • Age 30 to 59 - 9,663, 37.6%
  • Age over 60 - 8,839, 34.3%
  • Mean age - 46
  • Median age - 49

Houshold (2011 Census)

14% of Snowdonia's houses are holiday homes.

Number of Dwellings - 15,280

  • Whole house or bungalow (Detached) - 7,021 45.9%
  • Whole house or bungalow (Semi-detached) - 3,192 20.9%
  • Whole house or bungalow - (Terraced, including end terrace) - 3,720 24.3%
  • Flat, maisonette or apartment (Purpose built block of flats or tenement) - 533 3.5%
  • Flat, maisonette or apartment (Part of a converted or shared house, including bed sits) - 321 2.1%
  • Flat, maisonette or apartment (In a commercial building) - 178 1.2%
  • Caravan or other mobile or temporary structure - 330 2.2%

Visitors - Recreation

Around 10 million visitor days are spent in Snowdonia each year.

There are 1,497 miles of public footpaths in Snowdonia.

Snowdon is the tallest mountain in Snowdonia, standing at 1,085m above sea level and it attracts around 400,000 walkers a year not to mention around 100,000 visitors who reach the summit by train. It's a natural 'Honeypot Site'.

Environment

Size - 2,132 square km (823 square miles)

Talest Mountain - Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) 1085m 3,560ft

Number of Mountains over 2,000 - 93

Number of Mountains over 3,000 - 15

Lakes - There are well over a hundred lakes more than an acre in size in Snowdonia, from Llyn Ogwen in the north to Tal y Llyn in the south.