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Wales’ most famous region, Snowdonia is a beautiful highland area of mountains, valleys, rivers, lakes and waterfalls. Wales’ highest mountain, Snowdon, sits at its centre.

While the railway up the side transporting day trippers to the café at the summit means that Snowdon loses the remote feel of many mountains this size, the well-maintained walking trails offer fantastic scenery, the climb certainly remains a stiff challenge, and the views form the summit make the crowds melt away. It also means that those who don’t fancy a tough hike can still get to experience this impressive mountain.

If Snowdon itself is too busy for your taste, many of the surrounding mountains offer equally good hikes, avoid the crowds and provide wonderful views of Snowdon itself.

As well as walking in the mountains, the area contains many inviting villages, often with interesting mining history to share. For an unusual look at an old copper mine workings, you can combine a tour of a mine with abseiling, zip-lining and paddling across an underground lake!

The Snowdonia National Park actually stretches far further than the small area of Snowdonia itself, taking in a vast stretch of rugged, mountainous scenery and coastline. Outdoor activities are plentiful here, including white water rafting, mountain biking, canoeing and rock climbing.