National Parks of Wales
|Wales has only three national parks, however, they cover as much as 4,122 square kilometres which is about one fifth of the total Wales land area. Each of them is marked by unique natural beauty and each of them offers a unique experience no matter if you are interested in outdoor recreation or relaxation. Although the main purpose of creation of national parks of Wales is protection and conservation of their natural beauty and wildlife, national parks of Wales are also home to a wealth of historical and cultural sites enabling their visitors to discover both natural and cultural heritage of Wales.|
National Parks of Wales include:
Snowdonia, established in 1951. The area marked by lakes, hills, moorlands, waterfalls, castles and steam railways in North Wales was the first to be designated national park in Wales and the third national park in Britain. It covers an area of 2,142 square kilometres but in contrary to most national parks, it consists of both public and private lands. The entire area within the National Park is, however, governed by the Snowdonia National Park Authority. Snowdonia is renowned for outstanding, kind of fairytale-like beauty. It offers a little bit of everything as its visitors can enjoy the sandy coast and the view of the National Park from the highest peak in England and Wales within the same day. The National Park is also a heaven for wildlife lovers as it is home to two species which are unique to Snowdonia – the Snowdon lily and Gwyniad, a freshwater salmon species.
Pembrokeshire Coast, established in 1952. The only coastal national park in the United Kingdom covers an area of 629 square kilometres is marked by spectacular sandy beaches and rugged hills. The beauty of Pembrokeshire Coast National Parks can be admired from the coastal path that runs through through the entire coast or boat trips. Visitors to the National Park should keep in mind that most of the land of Pembrokeshire Coast is privately owned.
Brecon Beacons, established in 1957. The third national park of Wales is a mountain range in South Wales and covers an area of 1,344 square kilometres. It is famous for some of the most breathtaking upland formations but in addition to high peaks, it is also home to equally spectacular valleys, moorlands, lakes, caves and waterfalls which make a visit to this National Park an unforgettable experience. In addition with its natural beauty, Brecon Beacons also attracts visitors with a wide range of exiting outdoor activities from hiking, caving, climbing, mountain biking, horse riding, sailing and canoeing.