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Facts & Figures

Snowdonia National Park covers 823 square miles or 2,176 square kilometers of North Wales. This is twice the size of Anglesey and the same size as the counties of Cardiff, Merthyr, Rhondda, Newport, Caerphilly and Torfaen put together. Snowdonia's population is 25,702 but it has a low population density with only 12 people for every square kilometer. In comparison, Cardiff's population density is 4,392 people for every square kilometer.

More Facts and Figures about Snowdonia:

  • 58.6% of Snowdonia's population speak Welsh.
  • 14% of Snowdonia's houses are holiday homes.
  • Around 10 million visitor days are spent in Snowdonia each year. We can't give you an accurate figure, can you guess why?
  • There are 1,497 miles of public footpaths in Snowdonia. If you put them all together, you could drive along the winding roads to Bari in Italy or as the crow flies reach Russia's western borders.
  • Betws y Coed is Snowdonia's main visitor centre - we call it a 'Honeypot Site'. Y Bala and Dolgellau are the main centres for residents.
  • Snowdon is the tallest mountain in Snowdonia, standing at 1,085m above sea level and it attracts around 550,000 walkers a year (2018) not to mention around 150,000 visitors who reach the summit by train. It's a natural 'Honeypot Site'.

The National Parks of Wales

Wales has three National Parks, Snowdonia, Brecon Beacons and Pembrokeshire Coastline which cover 20% of the land.

If you would like to visit the education pages of Brecon Beacons and Pembrokeshire National Parks, click on the links;

Which National Park is the...

Oldest - Snowdonia is the oldest, created on the 18th October 1951.

This was followed by Pembrokeshire Coastline in 1952 and Brecon Beacons in 1957.

Largest - Snowdonia is the largest at 2,176 square kilometers.

This is followed by Brecon Beacons at 1,344 square kilometers and Pembrokeshire Coastline at 621 square kilometers.

Highest - Snowdonia has the highest peak with Snowdon measuring 1,085m.

Brecon Beacons' highest peak is Pen y Fan which is 886m and Moel Cwmcerwyn is Pembrokeshire Coastline's tallest peak at 536m.

Most Populated - Brecon Beacons is the most populated National Park with 33,334 people living within its boundaries.

Snowdonia's population is 25,702 and Pembrokeshire Coastline has a population of 22,644. Because of its size, Pembrokeshire Coastline has the largest population density.

Most Coastal - Pembrokeshire Coastline, with 418km of coastline.

Snowdonia has 60km of coastline and Brecon Beacons has no coastline at all.

Wettest - Snowdonia is the wettest with Snowdon receiving around 4,343mm of rainfall each year and the valleys below receiving around half that amount. Pembrokeshire Coastline only receives around 1,000mm annually.

Britain's National Parks

There are 15 National Parks in Britain; 3 in Wales, 2 in Scotland and 10 in England.

Wales - Eryri (Snowdonia), Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) and Arfordir Sir Benfro (Pembrokeshire Coast).

Scotland - Loch Laomainn is nan Troisichean(Loch Lommond & The Trossachs) and Mohnaide Ruaid (Cairngorms).

England - Northumberland, Lake District, North Yorkshire Moors, Yorkshire Dales, Peak District, Broads, Exmoor, Dartmoor, New Forest and South Downs.

Which National Park is the...

Oldest - The Peak District is the oldest, created on the 17th April 1951.

Youngest - The South Downs, created on the 1st April 2010.

Largest - Mohnaide Ruaidhe (Cairngorms) is the largest at 4,528km square.

Smallest - Broads - this is the smallest National Park at 305km square.

Highest - Mohnaide Ruaidhe (Cairngorms). The highest peak is Ben Macdui which stands at 1,309m. Scotland's highest peak is Ben Nevis, standing at 1,344m. Scafell Pike is England's highest point at 978m. Wales' highest point is Snowdon at 1,085m.

Most Populated - South Downs has the highest population density with 108,000 people living in the area.

Least Populated - Northumberland with a population of 2,200.

Most Coastal - Pembrokeshire Coastline with 418km of coastline.

Most Northerly - Mohnaide Ruaidhe (Cairngorms).

Most Southerly - Dartmoor.

Most Easterley - Broads.

Most Westerley - Pembrokeshire Coastline.