Snowdonia is a vast outdoor pursuits park which can provide pony-trekking, canoeing, fishing, orienteering, rock-climbing and even sailing to visitors. It is a land for the sightseer. There are three little train lines in the northern part of the National Park and one runs on Snowdon itself. The Mountain Railway has a track from Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon which could provide an easy route down for weary nature trailers. An even longer rail trip is the Festiniog Railway’s line from Porthmadog, an old slate port, up to the quarry town of Blaenau Ffestiniog – the line stops at Tanyg-risiau, which is a few miles short of the original terminal.
Wales’ north and west coasts are not far from the heart of Snowdonia – families will find all the fun of the fair at Llandudno. There are much quieter charms in the Victorian resort of Criccieth and the regional centre of Caernarfon, its castle standing guard over the Menai Straits. Both Conwy, at the Conwy river mouth, and Llandudno have superb links golf courses – the Caernarvonshire at Conwy and the North Wales at Llandudno face each other across the estuary.
Most of all, Snowdonia is the country of the walker. You can choose to be as lazy or as energetic as you wish – striding the mountain tops or following the courses of old railways on the valley floor. The scenic beauty and mountain grandeur you encounter on the selected trails will almost certainly whet your appetite for a return, and perhaps some more ambitious recreation.