The Snowdon Massif dominates the northern mountains of Snowdonia. The mountains provide a classical image of what mountains should look like and consequently are a major tourist attraction with approximately 355,000 visitors to the summit of Snowdon itself each year.
Snowdon, or Yr Wyddfa, is the highest British peak south of the Scottish highlands standing at 3,560 feet (1,085 metres). It is one of only five in Snowdonia that exceed the 1,000 metre mark, the others being Crib-y-Ddysgl (1,065 m), Carnedd Llewellyn (1,064m), Carnedd Dafydd (1,044m) and Glyder Fawr (1,001m).
The Snowdon Massif contains two main features, the Snowdon Horseshoe which includes Snowdon itself, Crib-y-Ddysgl, Crib Goch and Y Lliwedd. Collectively these peaks provide a very impressive horseshoe around Cwm Dyli. This cwm contains thewaters of Llyn Llydaw and Llyn Glaslyn. The net effect of all this natural architecture is a massively impressive mountain range.
Further north-west, a ridge extends out from the main Snowdon area, and includes the lesser peaks of Moel Eilio, Foel Goch, and Moel Cynghorian.
Overall the Snowdon Massif is contained within three key boundaries…….to the east is the deep glacial Llanberis Pass (containing Llyn Peris and Llyn Padern), to the south the picturesque Nantgwynant area (containing Llyn Gwynant and Llyn Dinas), while to the west is Nant Colwyn and the Beddgelert Forest (containing Llyn Cwellyn).
In 1896, the Victorians opened the newly constructed Snowdon Mountain Railway which now ferries many tourists to the summit of Snowdon. Since 2009, these visitors are met with the new impressive restaurant, Hafod Eryri.