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Nature Reserve, free entry

Snowdon National Nature Reserve

Snowdon National Nature Reserve


The Snowdon National Nature reserve covers a massive 1,671 hectares, and it is home to arctic plants that have survived there since the end of the last glaciation approximately 12,000 years ago.

The diversity of wildlife habitats in the Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa NNR make it special; they support rare plants that are key reasons for its designation as a Special Area of Conservation.

At 1085m (3,560ft), Mount Snowdon - Yr Wyddfa is Welsh name, which in English means means 'the tumulus', which some authorities suggest may refer to the cairn thrown over the legendary giant Rhitta Gawr after his defeat by King Arthur - is the highest peak in the Snowdonia range of mountains, and indeed it is also the highest mountain in Wales.


Free entry


Nr Llanberis,
LL55 4TT



Plan route to Snowdon National Nature Reserve  (NRW) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SH 581595  Lat: 53.11447 Long: -4.12009

There are a number of access points to the reserve, but if you want to visit the summit of Snowdon and can't face the walk to the top the best place to start is from Llanberis, where you can catch the Snowdon Mountain Railway Train to within 20 metres of the summit.

Alternatively you can park and walk from the following locations:

The Snowdon Mountain Railway Station at Llanberis

Pen y Pass: This pay-and-display car park is managed by the National Trust. Both the Miners' Track and the Pyg Track start from this point. The car park can be found off the A4068 Llanberis to Capel Curig road 9.5km (6 miles) from Llanberis.

Pont Bethania car park: Access to this route is off the A498 road between Beddgelert and the A4068 road to Capel Curig. The Watkin Path starts opposite the car park.

Snowdon Ranger Youth Hostel car park: This car park is situated at the Hostel itself, which is on the A4085 Caernarfon to Beddgelert road. The Snowdon Ranger Path that leaves here travels along the western boundary of the NNR.

Rhyd Ddu car park: This pay and display car park is situated on the A4085 Beddgelert to Caernarfon road about 11km (7.5 miles) north of Beddgelert.