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The lofty peaks of Snowdonia

With its spectacular landscapes, dense forests and lofty mountains, The Snowdonia National Park covers 838 square miles and boasts some of the most magnificent scenery in Wales. As the second largest National Park in England and Wales, its rugged highlands, beautiful valleys and cultural heritage are a tempting draw for walkers, climbers and lovers of natural beauty and wildlife.

If your idea of a perfect trip means lacing up your walking boots and exploring rugged landscape then Snowdonia is well worth a visit. Some of the highest mountains in England and Wales are located here, included the famous Snowdon peak – the highest peak in Wales.

Here’s a selection of three impressive mountain walks that are just a taster of the incredible hiking options on offer in this exceptional region.

Snowdon

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The most famous of the mountain walks in Snowdonia, Snowdon rises an impressive 3,560 ft above sea level and boasts some of the best views in Britain. There are several different paths to the summit, varying in length and skill level, and, thanks to its rare flora and fauna (including the famous ‘Snowdon lily’), has been designated a national nature reserve, meaning there’s plenty to spot along the way. Despite its popularity it is still a mountain with steep cliffs in places, so ensure you have a good set of boots and keep an eye out for markers.

Those who prefer a more relaxing route to the top can ride the majestic Snowdon Mountain Railway, an hour-long journey that takes in the spectacular views at a more leisurely pace.

The Glyders

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The ridge of The Glyders is one of the most dramatic and inspiring in Snowdonia. A four to five hour hike can take in stunning views of Llyn Ogwen lake (believed to be the final resting place of King Arthur’s sword Excalibur), passes the fantastic rock formations of Castell y Gwynt (“Castle of the Winds”) and reaches to the summit of Glyder Fawr – one of Wales’ highest peaks at 3,277 ft. Steep drops and rocky paths make this a strenuous walk, but the impressive views make the trek all the more worthwhile.

For a lighter effort, a half hour, low grade scramble up the Y Gribin ridge offers lovely views across the Ogwen Valley and can easily be completed in an afternoon.

Cadair Idris

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One of the most spectacular mountains in Wales is Cadair dris (“Chair of Idris”) in southern Snowdonia, the second highest summit in Wales outside of the main Snowdon range. This spectacular mountain towers above the surrounding countryside and boasts a variety of landscapes and terrain, including rugged summits, lakes and a mossy wooded gorge. A four to six hour horse-shoe walk takes you through woodlands, valleys and around the narrow rim of this fantastic glacial landscape, circling the waters of the beautiful Llyn Cau lake.

The 2,930 ft summit offers panoramic views of impressive mountain scenery and on a clear day has views to the mountains of the Snowdon massif and, occasionally, all the way to Ireland.

These walks have been recommended by the National Trust and by Hi-Tec customers. For more walking inspiration and breath-taking photos, visit http://www.hi-tec.com/uk/inspiring-walks/.


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