Snowdonia, the very first National Park in Wales, was designated in 1951. At 838 square miles it's the biggest in Wales, notching up 1480 miles of public footpaths, 164 miles of public bridleways. And 46 miles of other public rights of way. So quite often you'll have the trail all to yourself.
Mount Snowdon, 3,560 feet to the summit, is the highest mountain in England and Wales. Walkers love to conquer it - via no less than six pathways. They love to conquer Tryfan, too, one of the few mountains in England and Wales which requires continuous scrambling to get up it.
The lower mountains are quieter but no less rewarding. Follow Y Garn near Llanberis to Elidir Fawr. Discover Moelwyn Mawr near Blaenau Ffestiniog. Launch an assault on Cadair Idris near Dolgellau. Or take The four valleys path through the former slate mining valleys of Nantlle, Gwyrfai, Padarn and Ogwen along the National Park boundary.
Northern Snowdonia is the only place in Britain where you'll find the Snowdon Lily, the Snowdon beetle and the Snowdonia hawkweed. What's more, the National Park's entire coastline is a Special Area of Conservation and can be discovered on foot via not one but two different coastal paths: The Edge of Wales Path of wales)and The Llyn Coastal Path. Inland at Gwydir Forest near Betws-y-Coed there are 11 lakes in all, and The eastern lakes tour explores two of the largest, Crafnant and Geirionydd. In fact, there are more than 100 big lakes in Snowdonia National Park.
The Glaslyn valley, near Bedgellert, is classic walking country with so many different walks. Follow the river along the Aberglaslyn Pass where the new Welsh Highland Railway has also been built . Alternativly there is hill and valley walking, narrow lanes as well, towards Cwm Pennant and the old state quarries
Always check the weather before you go! [ Met Office - Snowdonia Forecast ]