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Which Welsh park is your favourite?
Snowdonia National Park

If you needed statistical proof that Wales is a beautiful place, how about the fact that 20% of the country - well over the UK average - falls within a national park?

Snowdonia, the Pembrokeshire Coast and the Brecon Beacons mean locals and visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to stunning backdrops.

But which is your favourite? Is there are particular walk that leaves you weak at the knees, a special view that you just cannot get enough of, or a drive that fills your heart with joy?

To mark the start of the first National Parks week on Thursday, the BBC Wales news website wants your opinions.

And why not send in your favourite images of the parks for our picture gallery to newsonline.wales@bbc.co.uk


This Have Your Say is now closed. Below is a cross-section of your views:

As an expat from Wales I have seen some wonderful places but for me, you cannot better the views of and from Cader Idris in the Snowdonia National Park
Chris Ashdown, Amman, Jordan

Having spent most of my adolescense in both the Beacons and Snowdonia, Once taking part in a run from the top of Snowdon to the top of Pen-y-fan. I have to say the Brecon Beacons is my favourite. The best bits are to the east, heading towards Llanddeusant, over to the secret valley - with its unique flora and fauna to the view of the Neath and Swansea valleys and fauna.
Paul, Caerphilly, South Wales

Pembrokeshire's coastal scenery is by far the finest that I have seen in the British Isles and, in my admittedly limited experience, elsewhere. Snowdonia and the Beacons are wonderful but without coast they lack one element that makes for true magnificence.
Douglas Fraser, High Wycombe, Bucks

Brecon Beacons has to be my choice. Having been brought up there, I might be biased, but the drive from Merthyr to Brecon through the Glyn valley, past the old Torpantau station has to be one of the most wonderful journeys in Wales.
Gareth, Bucks

I never get bored of walking around Llyn y Fan Fach and Llyn y Fan Fawr. It's such an awe inspiring landscape with the two beautiful corrie lakes shrouded in Welsh folklore legend. A magical place.
Marc, Swansea

A touch biased perhaps but living in Pembrokeshire I would have to say that the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is my favourite - I've been to both the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia National Parks, and much as they both have fantastic scenery, and many treasures, they don't have that special mysticism of Pembrokeshire. Whether it is the coastal scenery or something else all together, Pembrokeshire is my favourite National Park, and I am so glad to have moved back here after several years away
Maudie Miller, Nr Tenby, Pembs

Having grown up in the Wye valley, it's self an area of outstanding natural beauty, on the welsh side I might add, I spent quite a lot of time in the Brecon Beacons, and on family holidays many a good time was had on the Pembrokeshire Coast. I also went to university in Bangor, right on the edge of Snowdonia; I can easily appreciate the beauty there as well. But, as a caver, I think that the Brecon Beacons win the under ground vote, it¿s a three way tie for first place above ground.
John Kitching, Reading, Berkshire, UK

Pembrokeshire Coast has to be my favourite - countless childhood summer holidays spent there means it feels like a second home to me, and the stunning coastline gives me a sense of spiritual wellbeing second to none.
Sara, Penarth Marina

No other National Park has as much diversity and beauty as Pembrokeshire. I love the Black Mountains as I spent most of my youth walking and cycling the Western end of the Beacons, but I still find living in Pembrokeshire is like being on holiday every day.The weather is usually good and there is so much to see and do either on land or sea. The Beacons and Snowdonia are obviously more spectacular but the coastline is beautiful and inspiring. Having said all that I still feel that the whole of Wales could be a National Park in itself. We are all very fortunate but some are more fortunate than others!
Dilwyn Phillips, Haverfordwest,Wales

Having been involved in the Brecon Beacons and National Parks in general for many years, it's difficult to choose as all have exquisite parts. However if made to choose it has to be Snowdonia, and probably the view from Penygwryd.
Martin, Penarth

As a Welsh expat, I have to say that Eryri is definitely the most beautiful. The view from the top of Snowdon on a crisp January day is fantastic! You can see all the way to Ireland and Cumbria. Then the walk back into Llanberis followed by a fry-up at Pete's! Wonderful!!
John Baker, Lisbon, Portugal

Having moved to the Midlands at the end of last year from Pembrokeshire it has to be the Pembrokeshire coastline of course. You don't appreciate the beauty until you move.
Margaret Davies, Rugby

I grew up on the Pembrokeshire Coast. My parents home is almost right on the path. However, it has taken years of living in the built up sprawl of London to appreciate the true beauty of the area in which I played as a child. The variety of coastal flora and fauna is truly exceptional. The land, sea and sky scapes are constantly changing, so that no two walks along the coast will ever be the same. I only hope that other stretches of our beautiful coast will be as well managed and maintained, so that the people of Cymru and its visitors can experience the splendor of the nature we are so fortunate to share.
Owen LLewellyn, London, England

Even though I live on the edge of the Beacons National Park and have been a volunteer warden there, I have to say Snowdonia is breathtaking. I particularly love to walk the Snowdon Horseshoe but my out and out favourite has to be scrambling up the North Ridge of Tryfan - fantastic place. Please let there be nothing taken away from the others as they are equally beautiful but I find Tryfan most inspiring. I'd like to add that we all owe a lot to Anthony Hopkins for his donations and support to Snowdonia National Park, thanks.
Lee, Cwmllynfell, Swansea

Having moved to the Midlands at the end of last year from Pembrokeshire it has to be the Pembrokeshire coastline of course. You don't appreciate the beauty until you move. A walk along Newgale in winter is one of life's pleasures. I will be back for good some day!
Margaret Davies, Rugby, England

Having moved to the Midlands at the end of last year from Pembrokeshire it has to be the Pembrokeshire coastline of course. You don't appreciate the beauty until you move. A walk along Newgale in winter is one of life's pleasures. I will be back for good some day!
Margaret Davies, Rugby, England

It has to be Snowdonia National Park, for the sheer majesty and beauty of the place. My favourite spot is the shores of Llyn Crafnant, though, especially in early spring when there's still snow on the top of the hills. Breathtaking!
Julie Jones, Dyserth, Denbighshire

My favourite place is on top of Penyfan in the Brecon Beacons. I once climbed to the top at night, to watch the sun rise
Meinir, Brynna

As a soldier it's somewhat of a cliché to have a love-hate relationship with the Brecon Beacons. I love the breathtaking scenery the unpredictability and tranquillity. Hate the 60lb Bergen that I have spent many a backbreaking hour tabbing up steep inclines in driving rain training for selection.

Anyone who spends time in the Beacons encounters the Pen-y-Fan. It dominates the Beacons and I never tire of the awesome views from the top. Take your problems up the Pen-y-Fan and leave them there. The sheer scale puts all life into perspective. Look down on Gods creation and wonder at the power of nature. Spare a thought for the hardy sheep and horses who spend their days and nights there and take it all in their stride.

If you have a couple hours to spare, park in the Taf Fechan Forest then follow the track up Tor Glas and on to Cribyn and Pen-y-Fan. Take your time to enjoy the incredible 360 degrees of breath taking scenery then follow the track around to Graig Fan Ddu and back to the Neuadd Reservoirs. A fascinating route anytime of year you will always be rewarded by the views on both sides of the track in the heart of the Brecon Beacons.
David J. Wills, Cardiff, UK

My favourite park is Eryri - the harsh and rugged character of the landscape appeals more to me than the rolling hills of south Wales. Nothing beats the view of a snow capped Snowdon on a clear winter day from across the Menai in Anglesey.
Bethan, Cardiff

My favourite place is on top of Penyfan in the Brecon Beacons. I once climbed to the top at night, to watch the sun rise. Amazing experience, or it would have been apart from the mist!
Meinir, Brynna, Wales

Having been brought up just outside Snowdonia National Park, I spent most Sundays during my childhood visiting various corners of this beautiful area
Ffion, Cardiff

I am afraid that it has to be the Brecon Beacons as it has the power and majesty of the mountains together with the wonderful lakes/ reservoirs. All of which are readily accessible from the populations centres of South East Wales M4 corridor, where about 75% of the population lives.
David Myles, Cardiff, Wales

Seeing as Parc Gwledig Pen-bre is not part of any national park (even though it should be one in its own right), I would have to say that the drive through the Brecon Beacons National Park to reach a a much-loved watering hole would have to be one of my favourite journeys!
Lisa, Cardiff and Llanelli!

My favorite part of the Pembrokeshire Coast is Dale and Skomer island. Although I'm not a bird watcher, the area is a site of special scientific interest and a special protection area. Seals can often be seen during season which is a wonderful sight.
Buddug Saer, Cardiff, Wales

Having been brought up just outside Snowdonia National Park, I spent most Sundays during my childhood visiting various corners of this beautiful area. However, my favourite spot is on the shores of Llyn Geirionnydd, particularly out of season when there is hardly anyone around.
Ffion, Cardiff




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