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What is a National Park?
A National Park can be described as an area of land that is protected by an act for the benefit of the public’s enjoyment. National Parks protect and enhance natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage. There are 15 National Parks in Britain with the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland the largest. It measures 1,465 square miles (4,528 square Km) which is larger than Luxembourg. Wales has three National Parks, Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire Coast and the Brecon Beacons.
Snowdonia National Park was created in 1951 and is the largest in Wales at 823 square miles or 2,176 square kilometers. Snowdonia National Park is;
Snowdonia is home to Mount Snowdon, the largest mountain in Wales and England that stands at 1,085m above sea level. From the summit on a clear day you can see as far as the Lake District and Ireland.
Around 10 million visitor days are spent in Snowdonia each year with around 4.7 million visitors coming to the area.
There is around 1,479 miles of public footpaths here in Snowdonia. They vary from mountainous paths to low-level leisure networks. If you put Snowdonia’s footpath network together you’d be able to drive along the winding roads to Bari in Italy or as the crow flies reach Russia’s western borders.