Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, standing 1,085 meters in height. Some suggest that Snowdon is one of the most important images to represent Wales as a country. It's the most popular mountain amongst walkers in Wales and England and this factor is central in the way the Snowdonia National Park and other organisations look after this unique mountain.
Snowdon (© Kevin Richardson)
Reaching the Summit
People have been climbing to the summit of Snowdon for hundreds of years and today around 500,000 people reach the top every year. There are 6 popular footpaths leading walkers to the summit and for those who don't want to walk, the Snowdon Mountain Railway takes visitors to the summit. The train starts from the village of Llanberis and takes around an hour to reach the top of the mountain.
Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon)
Meaning: The Welsh name 'Yr Wyddfa' means grave and it is believed that the giant Rhita Gawr was buried on the mountain. 'Snowdon' comes from Saxon "snow dune" meaning "snow hill".
Land use: Agriculture / Leisure
Plants/Animals: Snowdon lily, Chough, Raven, Wheatear, Goats, Sheep.
Threats: Path erosion, rubbish, wild goats.
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