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Seven Wonders of Snowdonia

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25 July 2019

Ever wondered where some of our favourite places are in the National Park? Take a look at our staff's Seven Wonders of Snowdonia.

Name - Awel Gruffydd

Position - Centres Commercial Manager

Live in - Llanrwst 

Favourite place in the Park? - Rhiwddolion

Why? - The abandoned village above Betws y coed is like stepping back in time. It's a memory of a past community and a piece of local history.

Rhiwddolion (© Gareth Patterson)

Name - Catrin Glyn

Position - Snowdon Partnership Officer

Lives in - Llanuwchllyn 

Favourite place in the Park? - Moel Lefn and Moel yr Ogof

Why? - Moel Lefn and Moel yr Ogof are rarely walked peaks above the beautiful Cwm Pennant in north-western Snowdonia. This walk includes some wonderful industrial remains from the slate industry together with relative solitude to enjoy wide ranging views over many summits in western Snowdonia including Snowdon itself. 

Moel yr Ogof (© Eric Jones)

Name - Guto Williams

Position - System Support Officer

Lives in - Penygroes

Favourite place in the Park? - Llyn Tegid

Why? - Llyn Tegid is much more than just the foreshore, there are many blissful spots that has fantastic views of sunsets.

Llyn Tegid (© APCE / SNPA)

Name - Jonathan Cawley

Position - Director of Planning and Land Management

Lives in - Llanrwst

Favourite place in the Park? - Afon Conwy

Why? - Without a doubt it's one of the most beautiful rivers in the country that starts in Llyn Conwy at the upper peatlands of the Migneint before dramatically falling through Graig Lwyd waterfall and Anoddun before widening through the Conwy valley to the sea. As a resident of the Conwy valley who enjoys fishing, nature and natural beauty, it is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places I have ever seen.

Afon Conwy (© Jean Mottershead)

Name - Llinos Alun

Position - Engagement Officer

Lives in - Gellilydan

Favourite place in the Park? - Ceunant Llennyrch and Rhaeadr Ddu

Why? - I love wandering in this area that has plenty of variation of rare trees and plants. This gorge is like something from a film that has been kept for centuries. The waterfall below is the crown jewel and there's a wonderful pool to swim, don't tell everyone!

Cenunant Llennyrch (© Phil Formby)

Name - Rhys Owain

Position - Planning Technician

Lives in - Caernarfon

Favourite place in the Park? - Nant Ffrancon

Why? -  I have golden memories of this place as I spent a lot of time here growing up as a child from Bethesda. The views are majestic!

Nant Ffrancon (© Stuart Madden)

Name - Simon Roberts

Position - Senior Warden (South)

Lives in - Cricieth

Favourite place in the Park? - Llanuwchllyn

Why? - There are fantastic views (from Bala towards Llanuwchllyn and the Arans / from Aran Benllyn towards Llanuwchllyn and Llyn Tegid / from Bwlch y Groes towards Penllyn and north Snowdonia in the background). But more than this is the community to have the feeling of relating to somewhere like that is so special. This is my home - and I feel a longing when I'm away but absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Llanuwchllyn (© APCE / SNPA)

Notes to Editors

Some images used under CC BY 2.0 license. Attribution as follows:

Rhiwddolion (© Gareth Patterson)

Moel Lefn and Moel yr Ogof (© Eric Jones)

Llyn Tegid (© APCE / SNPA)

Afon Conwy (© Jean Mottershead)

Ceunant Llennyrch (© Phil Formby)

Nant Ffrancon (© Stuart Madden)

Llanuwchllyn (© APCE / SNPA)