Snowdon Mountain Train, Wales
Snowdon is, if not the biggest reason to come to North Wales, certainly the highest. The Snowdonia National Park is one of three national parks in Wales and covers more than 820 square miles of mountains, lakes, farmland and villages. More than half the population speaks Welsh, which is testament to how strong the sense of Welsh identity is.
Outdoor activities include mountain biking, hiking, canoeing, fishing and golf. There's a steam train that runs up Snowdon all year round and a sherpa bus which collects and drops walkers at the start of the most popular walking routes. Blaenau Ffestiniog was once the heart of Welsh slate mining, but is now a mecca for mountain bike enthusiasts who come to pit their skills against superbly designed and built trails in the area, including the Antur Stiniog mountain biking centre.
Snowdonia National Park has 200 miles of protected coastline. Clean waters and safe beaches attract families, particularly to Barmouth and Nefyn. Abermouth hosts an annual wakeboard music festival every summer and Dinas Dinlle is good for kite boarding.
Don't miss seeing some of the best preserved castles in Britain, including the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Harlech, Caernarvon and Conwy.
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