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Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon)

Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) is the highest mountain in Wales, standing 1,085 meters in height. Some suggest that Yr Wyddfa (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)

Height: 1,085m

Size/area: 75.3km2

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.

For more information about Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon), its footpaths, wildlife and man's effect on the mountain, click on the link below:

Snowdon (pdf)

360 Panorama View from Snowdon Summit

Snowdon Summit 360 View