Mount Snowdon

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By John Davisfreelance writer

Explore the legend of Gelert to show children that there’s more to Wales’ largest mountain than just snow

Located in North Wales, Mount Snowdon is one of Britain’s highest mountains, forming part of the Snowdonia mountain range. There are several legends surrounding the area, many of which involve King Arthur.

Fascinating facts

  • At 1,085 metres, Snowdon is the highest mountain in England and Wales. It is situated in Snowdonia National Park, the second largest park in Britain.
  • The Welsh name for Snowdon is Yr Widdfa, which means ‘great tomb’. Legend says that a giant is buried in the mountain.
  • The summit of the mountain is an extinct volcano, and the geology of the area comprises mostly volcanic rocks, of which rhyolite (pale and fine-grained) and dolerite (dark and medium-grained) are the two most common.
  • Mount Snowdon gets its English name from the Saxon Snow Dun, meaning the snow hill or fortress. * Rainfall in the area is very high, with over 50cm some years. Snowstorms can be persistent from October onwards, with falls sometimes lingering up to early June.
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