Snowdonia by David Davies

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(Wikipedia) Snowdonia (Welsh: Eryri) is a region in north Wales and a national park of 838 square miles (2,170 km2) in area. It was the first to be designated of the three National Parks in Wales, in 1951.

The English name for the area derives from Snowdon, which is the highest mountain in Wales at 3,560 ft (1,085m). In Welsh, the area is named Eryri. One assumption is that the name is derived from eryr (“eagle”), but others state that it means quite simply Highlands, as leading Welsh scholar Sir Ifor Williams proved.1 In the Middle Ages the title Prince of Wales and Lord of Snowdonia (Tywysog Cymru ac Arglwydd Eryri) was used by Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, whose home was at Garth Celyn on the north coast; his grandfather Llywelyn Fawr used the title Prince of north Wales and Lord of Snowdonia.

Today the word “Snowdonia” is largely synonymous with the Snowdonia National Park, although prior to the designation of the boundaries of the National Park, the term “Snowdonia” was generally used to refer to a much smaller area, namely the upland area of northern Gwynedd centred on the Snowdon massif, whereas the national park covers an area more than twice that size extending far to the south into Meirionnydd. This is apparent in books published prior to 1951 such as the classic travelogue Wild Wales by George Borrow (1862) and The Mountains of Snowdonia by H. Carr & G. Lister (1925). F. J. North, as editor of the book Snowdonia (1949), states “When the Committee delineated provisional boundaries, they included areas some distance beyond Snowdonia proper.” The traditional Snowdonia thus includes the ranges of Snowdon and its satellites, the Glyderau, the Carneddau and the Moel Siabod group. It does not include the hills to the south of Maentwrog. As Eryri (see above), this area has a unique place in Welsh history, tradition and culture.

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  • angeljootje
    angeljootjeabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic view !!!
    Greetings Johanna

  • Thank you, Johanna.
    David

    – David Davies

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful landscape view David …

  • Thanks, Tom.

    – David Davies

  • Aj Finan
    Aj Finanabout 4 years ago

    Wow, what a view David. A great image, well done :)

  • Thank you, Aj.

    – David Davies

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous scenery and info!! ;-))

  • Thank you Stephanie, Snowdonia is wonderful!

    – David Davies

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksabout 4 years ago

    Great views of a great area.

  • A beautiful place!

    – David Davies

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaabout 4 years ago

    It looks a lot like the foothills of the Rockies.

  • I agree, but these are the tops! lol

    – David Davies

  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsabout 4 years ago

    wonderful david

  • Thanks, Steve.

    – David Davies

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful views David, I must walk in this area again soon!!

  • I would love to get back there too, Shaun!

    – David Davies

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökabout 4 years ago

    Amazing scene and capture!

  • Thank you Béla, it’s such a beautiful place.

    – David Davies

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 4 years ago

    This is fabulous, well done,

  • Thank you Ann.

    – David Davies

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