Useful information about the area

Snowdonia National Park

Snowdonia National Park is a mountainous region of northwestern Wales, 823 square miles in area. It was designated a national park in 1951, the first of the three national parks in Wales. Within its boundaries lie the highest peaks in the United Kingdom outside Scotland.

Snowdonia may be divided into four areas:

The northernmost area is the most popular with tourists, and includes Moel Hebog, Mynydd Mawr, the Nantlle Ridge, the Snowdon Massive, the Glyderau, and the Carneddau. The last three groups are the highest mountains in Wales, and include all Wales's mountains higher than 3000 feet.


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 Arenig and the Migneint (this last being an area of bog), and Rhobell Fawr. This area is not as popular with tourists as the other areas, due to its remoteness.

The southernmost area includes Cadair Idris, the Terran range, the Dyfi hills, and the Aran group, including  Aran Fawddwy, the highest mountain in the United Kingdom south of Snowdon.

The Berwyn range to the south east has its western part in the park, but its highest summits to the east lie outside the park boundary.

Useful guides to walking in Snowdonia can be found here and here.


Snowdon Mountain Railway   Llanberis Gwynedd LL55 4TT       Phone: 01286 870233


The 2019 season starts on Friday 15th March 2019, (weather permitting).


An experience above everything else. Since 1896 visitors have been travelling to Llanberis, to experience the unique rail journey to the Summit of the highest mountain in Wales and England. A true mountain and place of legend, come with us and see exactly why Snowdon Mountain Railway has been described as one of the most unique and wonderful railway journeys in the world. With stunning scenery and awe-inspiring views it’s all part of a great day out for you and your family in North Wales.

Book in advance online here.

Public Transport

If you are planning to travel by public transport, the best option is to use the Traveline Cymru journey planner.  It can be found at   There is also a Traveline Cymru smartphone app.

The Snowdon Sherpa bus service timetable is here.

Bringing Your Dog?

If you are not used to walking with your dog in open countryside, the Countryside Code is worth reading .  You can find it here.

You should be aware that dogs are banned from some beaches in North Wales.  A list of these beaches and details of the restrictions are in this article