In the 1860s the writer George Borrow enthused about the area around Snowdon: “Perhaps in all the world there is no region more picturesquely beautiful. ” Of the three National Parks in Wales, Snowdonia is the most dramatic and also the largest, extending over some 840square miles and it is certainly the most dramatic. It stretches southwards from Snowdon as far as Aberdovey and Machynlleth, eastwards to Bala, and northwards to Conwy. In the west, the park borders the Llyn Peninsula and the Cambrian coast.
The Llyn (Lleyn) Peninsula forms the southern arm of the great curve of Caernarfon Bay. This is one of the most secluded and most beautiful parts of Wales, and over 100 miles of its shoreline are designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. During the Middle Ages, Bardsey Island, lying off the western tip of the peninsula, was a place of pilgrimage, and parts of the ancient route to Aberdaron, from where the pilgrims sailed to the island, can still be followed. Reminders of the area’s early Christian past can be found throughout Llyn, along with more ancient monuments, such as hill forts, churches and standing stones. This region, like the northern coast and the Isle of Anglesey, has been a favourite holiday destination since the coming of the railways in the mid 19th century.
The attractive Victorian resorts along the southern shore of the peninsula are sheltered and provide plenty of scope for sailing, swimming and fishing. Though born in Manchester, the place where David Lloyd George lived until he was 16 years old –Llanystumdwy – is a popular place to visit. However, the whole region is filled with splendid attractions to see and exciting things to do.
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