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On my last two trips to the area I stayed at the Greenacres caravan park in Morfa Bychan, Porthmadog. It's a stones throw from Portmeirion, right by Black Rock Sands and an ideal location for exploring Snowdonia National Park.

Snowdonia National Park

The name of the park comes from Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales. The Welsh name of the park is Eryri National Park. Eryri means place of the eagles.

The National Park covers 823 square miles of the most beautiful and unspoilt countryside in NW Wales. Snowdonia is home to just over 26,000 people, who live and work in its towns and villages, and on its hill farms.

An estimated 6-10 million visitor days are spent here every year! If you imagine that spread evenly over every day of the year that's an average of nearly 22,000 people per day - 26 people per sq. mile... if I've done the math correctly :o)

Even some of the youngest rocks in Snowdonia are more than 400million years old. The Ice Age changed the landscape (the last of the glaciers did not disappear until fairly recently in geological terms, about 10,000 years ago) leaving behind the valleys, rocks, boulders and glacial lakes that we see today..

The following websites will give you more information on the National Park and it's attractions and history:

Snowdonia National Park Authority website
Click on USEFUL INFORMATION on the right hand side and you will get exactly that, from tourist information to doctors surgeries and so on.

Snowdonia Wales Net

National Parks in England Wales and Scotland website

The Welsh Language

You will find that the Welsh language is used widely. It is also useful to know the meanings of a few words of Welsh so you can discover the meaning of a lot of place names. For example, the word Betws means house of prayer and Coed means a wood so the place name Betws-y-Coed means prayer house in the wood.
This website is very good and gives common prefixes to place names and examples.

  • Last visit to Snowdonia: Mar 2012
  • Intro Updated Jan 2, 2013
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  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Jul 23, 2007 at 6:49 AM

    An excellent page on this area.Thanks.

  • barryg23's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2007 at 11:03 AM

    Very helpful tips on Snowdonia. I'm looking forward to hiking here in August.

  • sandysmith's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2007 at 11:06 AM

    wished I'd got the Portmeirion guide now - read an internet one after a recent visit and now I want to go back!

  • Tetreus's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2006 at 2:53 AM

    A very nice page ! We are planning to go here in the summer. Your information is very useful. Janine and Andrea

  • hannahjayne's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2005 at 11:11 AM

    Just wanted to congratulate you on your page, I live in Porthmadog and its really nice to see someone who has visited obviously appreciating this beautifull area. Well done you...Da iawn wir!

  • RitchiS1's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2005 at 11:11 PM

    GREAT PAGE , I LOVED THE GREAT PARTS OF UK , GREETINGS FROM GERMANY I VE TO COME TO UK AGAIN

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Aug 13, 2005 at 2:38 AM

    Excellent information & links I especially enjoyed the link of the films made in Wales. North Wales is so beautiful, I love it up there. Very sad story of Gelert, wonderful page & photos (~_~)

  • mustertal's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2005 at 1:33 PM

    Snowdonia is beautiful,but it always rains when we go !!!

  • mad4travel's Profile Photo
    Aug 8, 2005 at 5:07 AM

    Nice Port Merion tip- always wanted to go there. :-)

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