A holiday in the heart of Snowdonia will be a family holiday to remember. Many of our guests come directly through recommendations from friends and relatives who have previously enjoyed the stunning views and tranquility that Snowdonia has to offer. Our Norwegian log cabins blend in beautifully with the area, so much so that guests have commented that they could never imagine a time the log cabins weren’t there. Snowdonia National Park Authority celebrated 50 years as a protected landscape in 2001.
Snowdonia National Park
Snowdonia National Park in North Wales is 2170sq km, or 838 sq miles. It was designated as a national park in 1951. The English name for the area derives from Snowdon, which is the highest mountain in Wales at 1085 metres. In Welsh the area is named Eryri and that is from Eryr meaning ‘eagle’
The park is governed by the Snowdonia National Park Authority, which is made up of local government and Welsh national representatives. Unlike national parks in other countries, Snowdonia (and other such parks in England and Wales) are made up of both public and private lands under central planning authority. Snowdonia is one of the eleven National Parks of England and Wales, and is the second largest after the Lake District.
More than 26,000 people live within Snowdonia National Park and it attracts millions of visitors each year, as the third most visited national park in England and Wales. While most of the land is either open or mountainous land, there is a significant amount of agricultural activity within Snowdonia Park
Snowdonia may be divided into four areas. The northernmost area includes (west to east): Moel Hebog, Mynydd Mawr and the Nantlle Ridge; the Snowdon massif; the Glyderau, and the Carneddau. These last three groups are the highest mountains in Wales, and include all Wales’ 3000-foot mountains.
The second area includes peaks such as Moel Siabod, Cnicht the Moelwynion, and the mountains around Blaenau Ffestiniog.
The third area includes the Rhinogydd in the west as well as the Arenigs and the Migneint (this last being an area of bog, not a mountain).
The southernmost area includes Cadair Idris, the Tarren range, and the Aran group, including Aran Fawddwy, the highest mountain in the United Kingdom south of Snowdon.