The mountains of Snowdonia are not high in comparison with others in the world. It's easy to underestimate their danger.
Welsh weather can change quickly. Slate and scree are slippery, even when it's not wet. It's easy to fall.
If you're walking, dress sensibly; take waterproofs, and good shoes (I've seen women trying to get up Snowdon in strappy sandals), and a warmer layer or two (temperatures are always lower the higer you go, and drop rapidly when it rains or clouds roll in). Use a good map, carry a whistle to attract attention (mobile reception is not guaranted), tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back. Take something to eat and something to drink (drinking from streams is not recommended; there may be a dead sheep in the water a little further up).
Every year the volunteer mountain rescue people have to spend time searching for and rescuing people who are simply ignorant. Don't let it be you.
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Dim ysmygu! No smoking!
Smoking in public buildings was banned in Wales from 2 April 2007 and the ban is enforced. Don't expect just because you're out in the sticks that it's ok to smoke in pubs or other buildings.
Also be advised that if you're smoking outdoors, you should be binning your stubs - don't just throw them on the ground. Not only is it pretty anti-social to do so, littering a beautiful landscape, but if you're caught doing this then you can be fined by the Heddlu (Police).
And just in case you don't get the message in English, they've helpfully put up bilingual signs to get the point across in Welsh too!
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If you've driven to Llanberis you'll need to make sure that you park in the one place for the duration of your afternoon there or that you'll be able to park on your hotel/B&B's premises.
There are a few car parks across the village, near the different sites, but you will have to pay for all of these separately. The car park at the museum is £2.00 for about 4 hours, as is the one at Electric Mountain Visitors Centre. But other carparks can be 3.00 or more. Possibly the most convenient parking is in the village on the waterfront.
Parking on the High Street is free but you can only park for 45 minutes at a time between 09.00 and 18.00.
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Much of rural Wales is still chapel-going, and Sundays can be very sleepy. On our last visit, a Sunday in June, we couldn't go rowing on Llyn Padarn, buy fish and chips and half the shops were shut! Check the opening times of the places you want to go in advance and take a picnic - or else you may be forced to buy from the overprices Spar shop.
Just a practical tip.....
The journey with the train up Snowdon takes an hour and tehn yuo get a littlw while at the top before an hours journey down to Llanberis again. There are no toilets on the train and it does get cold at the top.... so go to the toilet before starting off.
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