Snowdonia is a mountainous region in north west Wales and a national park of 823 square miles in area. It was the first to be designated of the three national parks in Wales, in 1951.
The park is governed by the Snowdonia National Park Authority, which is made up of local government and Welsh representatives, and its main offices are at Penrhyndeudraeth. Unlike national parks in other countries, Snowdonia (and other such parks in Britain) are made up of both public and private lands under central planning authority
More than 26,000 people live within the park. 58.6% of the population could speak Welsh in 2011.While most of the land is either open or mountainous land, there is a significant amount of agricultural activity within the park.