Snowdonia is, perhaps, one of the most famous places in Great Britain. The Snowdonia National Park takes its name from Snowdon; Wales’ highest mountain which reaches 1,085m tall. In 1951, the region was one of the first three areas in the UK to be named as a national park. The park itself covers 823 square miles, and is easily accessible from Liverpool, making it an ideal day trip.
For those either living in or visiting Liverpool, taking a day’s excursion to Snowdonia National Park is well worth it. Whether using your own vehicle or hiring one, it takes under two hours to reach the park from Merseyside. There are a large variety of activities to enjoy, including the popular train ride to Mount Snowdon’s summit, and on fine days, the national park is a wonderful place to explore.
One of the favourite activities in Snowdonia National Park is mountain walking, and there are 1,479 miles of public footpaths meandering through the park. Whilst a lot of hikers concentrate on Mount Snowdon itself, the large crowds make exploring other regions of the park extremely attractive if you don’t want to be surrounded by numerous tourists. Some of the lower mountains, such as Mynydd Drws-y-Coed and Pen Llithirg y Wrach, offer spectacular views of the park and relative isolation from the crowds. An alternative to walking is cycling, and with 164 miles of public bridleways throughout the park too, there’s the perfect excuse to enjoy some horse riding.
For wildlife lovers, visiting Snowdonia National Park offers the chance to spot some of the UK’s rarest creatures. There are numerous wildlife centres which can be visited, and hides that you can sit quietly in whilst awaiting a rare glimpse of something special. Known inhabitants of Snowdonia National Park are the feral goat, polecats and otters. In addition, several rare birds, including the red kite, osprey, merlin, raven and peregrine, can also sometimes be seen.
In addition to towering mountains, Snowdonia National Park offers the chance to descend into the subterranean world. At Go Below Underground Adventures, you’ll find an adrenaline-filled ride as you abseil, zip-line, travel on boats and even scramble beneath a waterfall, all whilst being underground. The deepest accessible point of Snowdonia can also be found here. Meanwhile, for something special, you should visit the Sygun Copper Mine at Beddgelert. This mine was abandoned in 1903 and offers visitors the chance to experience mining through the Victorian’s eyes. It’s a stunning mine system, with copper, silver and gold veins ready for exploring. In addition, you’ll be able to find stalagmites and stalactites here.
If venturing below the surface makes you a little uneasy, then a trip down one of Snowdonia’s many waterways might be the ideal alternative. White-water rafting has become a popular pastime for those wanting an adventure, and the National White Water Centre near Bala offers an exciting day out. The activities take place on the dam-released river of Tryweryn, meaning that there are always great rapids to enjoy. In addition to white water rafting, the centre offers canyoning and tandem kayaking.
The Snowdonia National Park is one of Britain’s most extraordinary places to visit, and regardless of whether you want to enjoy a railway ride to Snowdon’s summit or indulge in something a little more active, there’s plenty on offer. With the park being so close to Liverpool, it makes an ideal location for a day out. And, you may just find that you love it so much, you return time and time again to explore everything the park and beautiful scenery has to offer.