161. Snowdonia

What is Snowdonia?

Snowdonia is the largest national park in Wales. Known as Eryri in Welsh, it covers 823 square miles of mountains, valleys, lakes, castles and more. Every year 600,000 people hike up Mount Snowdon (or Yr Wyddfa). 

What is Snowdonia like? 

It's an absolutely stunning place. Even on a rainy day, it has a sense of immense upward vastness that you don't find very often. 

Where is Snowdonia? 


When did we go? 

June 2022

How did we get to Snowdonia? 

It was part of a weekend road trip. I went by train from London to Bangor, then hired a car to drive around the area with my friends SJ and Steph. I also went to the Ffestinog & Welsh Highland Railway (369) and Portmeirion (476).

Worth noting

If you don't want to hike up the 3500 feet to the top of Snowdon, you can use the Snowdon Mountain Railway, which has been ferrying people to the summit since 1896.

Where was Snowdonia on the 2015 Lonely Planet Ultimate Travelist? 

It was at 181 - it moved up 20 places. 

Does Snowdonia deserve its place in the 2020 Lonely Planet Top 500? 

Yes, without a doubt.