Photographer's Note

Panoramic view from the Snowdon on the Snowdon Mountain Railway.

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Note about the place :
Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales and the highest British mountain south of Scotland. It is located in Snowdonia National Park (Welsh: Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri). The summit is known as Yr Wyddfa (IPA: [ɐɾ 'wɪðva], Welsh for "the tumulus"), and lies at an altitude of 1,085 m (3,000 ft) above sea level. As the highest peak in Wales, Snowdon is one of three mountains climbed as part of the National Three Peaks Challenge. The English name Snowdon comes from the Saxon "Snow Dun", meaning "snow hill", although snow can not be found on the mountain summit all year round and the amount of snow on Snowdon in winter has been decreasing recently, having dropped by more than 55% since 1994.
Snowdon has six ridges [6]: these are steep and rocky to the north and east, shallower and grassy, but more remote to the south and west. There are many cwms formed by glaciation in the ice age, some filled with tarns (meltwater lakes). Subsidiary summits include Garnedd Ugain (1,065 m), the knife-edge summit of Crib Goch (923 m), Y Lliwedd (898 m) and Yr Aran (747 m).
Snowdon offers some of the most extensive views in the British Isles; on exceptionally clear days, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales are all visible, as well as 24 counties, 29 lakes and 17 islands. It is also possible to view the newly built Beetham Tower in Manchester from here. The view between Snowdon and Merrick (southern Scotland) is the longest theoretical line of sight in the British Isles at 144 miles (232 km).
For those who do not wish to or are not able to walk, or wish to walk one way only, the Snowdon Mountain Railway (a rack railway) runs from Llanberis to the top. A restaurant and shop can be found at the top station, just below the summit.
Until the opening of the new Summit Building in spring 2008, the train will terminate at Clogwyn, weather permitting.
A popular pastime for Welsh climbers has been to use large smooth stone with notches in to ride down the rails of the track, often resulting in near misses with the tourist trains. However this activity has almost stopped since most of the good stones are now at the bottom of the hill.

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  • Copyright: Matthieu DH (matt_moi) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 37 W: 4 N: 69] (318)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2006-04-27
  • Categories: Transportation
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2008-01-16 5:23
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