Welcome to Betws-y-Coed, in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales!
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Betws-y-Coed is the principal village of the Snowdonia National Park. The Snowdonia National Park in North Wales covers more than 800 square miles, it is a region of haunting beauty and grandeur, of wild rocky mountains, hidden valleys, cascading rivers, still glacial lakes and deep forests.
North Wales is an old country; geologically old, with some of the most ancient rocks in the world; old in its economy, based still on the immemorial pastoral or sheep-rearing way of life; old in culture, with traditions in poetry and music that may date back to the Bronze Age; and old in language, for the Welsh you will hear spoken everywhere in the mountain villages is Europe's oldest living language. No wonder the deep valleys seem still to hold the echo of the myths, legends and bardic traditions of the past. The relics of the past lie undisturbed still in the hills the Neolithic stone circles, the Bronze Age chambers, the fortifications of the Celtic Iron Age, the Roman fort, and the monuments of the great Welsh princes. Compared to southern Britain, Snowdonia is truly wild.
The Snowdonia National Park consists largely of blocks of undisturbed mountain and moorland divided from each other by deep valleys along which most of the main roads have been made. A few beautiful villages such as Betws-y-Coed and Beddgelert are the only claims that man has placed on this truly magnificant landscape. The highest peak, which is also the highest point in England and Wales, is Snowdon (3,560 feet).
There are 13 other peaks that top the 3,000-foot contour. Snowdonia is ideal country for getting out and about. You can explore on foot, by car, on one of the magnificent mountain trains, or by horseback from one of the several pony-trekking centres. The Forestry Commission provides trails, car parks and picnic sites for visitors, but urges people to observe the Highway Code.
photographs of Snowdonia by Dave Newbould