Mountains in Wales
Our highest mountain range is situated in Snowdonia in North Wales. Snowdon is our highest peak in Wales at 1,085 metres (3569 feet). Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to climb Mt Everest, trained with his team on the slopes of Snowdon. Today we have about 350,000 visitors a year retracing his steps. If you don't want to walk, you can always take the train to the top. Other peaks in the national park include Tryfan and Cadair Idris.
The Cambrian Mountains in mid Wales are one of the few remote places left in the southern half of Britain with only one main road crossing the range. The mountains form the main watershed of Wales. The rivers Severn, Wye, Elan, Irfon, Tywi, Cothi, Teifi, Ystwyth, Rheidol, and Twymyn all have their sources here.
The Black Mountains in the eastern part of one of our National Parks, the Brecon Beacons rise above 2000 ft. They are littered with tiny villages, churches, and farms. Walk along the heath-covered ridges that cross the mountains and see the long narrow valleys below you.
Also in the Brecon Beacons is Pen-y-Fan, the highest point in southern Britain. There are a few ways to reach the top, including a leisurely four mile circular walk that even children can do.
Always be prepared. Check the forecast, make sure you take enough time and dress appropriately, it can be cold at the top even on a warm day.
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