Snowdonia

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See also Snowdonia National Park

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The north ridge of Tryfan (seen on the left in this picture) makes an enjoyable scramble in Snowdonia. Tryfan is 915 metres (3002 feet) high, the eleventh highest mountain in Wales.

Snowdonia is a region of north Wales and a National Park, of area 2170 square kilometres (838 square miles). It was the first to be designated of the three National Parks of Wales, in 1951.

The area is renowned for its spectacular mountainous scenery and is popular with tourists.

The English name for the area derives from Snowdon, which is the highest mountain in Wales at 1085 metres (3560 feet). In Welsh, the area is named Eryri (from eryr meaning "eagle").

Mountain Ranges in Snowdonia

Snowdonia may be divided into four areas. The northernmost area is the most popular with tourists, and 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 (a slate-quarrying town deemed unsuitable for inclusion in the National Park).

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). This area is not so popular with tourists, due to its remoteness.

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.

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