A beautiful, unspoiled village set in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, Beddgelert offers spectacular vistas of majestic mountain ranges and vast lakes, that are steeped in legend and brimming with a rich diversity of wildlife. Dominating this sweeping panorama is Mount Snowdon, which grips the skyline as the highest peak in England and Wales.
This lovely stone-built village sits at the confluence of the Afon Colwyn and the Afon Glaslyn, and remains within easy reach of the coast and the main towns of Porthmadog and Caernarfon. Just below the confluence of the river is the old stone bridge with two arches in the centre of the village. Charming riverside walks trail along the Glaslyn and the Colwyn rivers, or down the dramatic Aberglaslyn Pass, an area of tumultuous water running between steep forested hills. With its wooded vales, rocky slopes, and mountain lakes, Beddgelert is the ideal base for exploring all the classic Snowdonia sights and beauty spots that enchant its surrounding countryside.
You can enjoy the Cwm Bychan hill walk, which boasts a captivating outlook over Llyn Dinas, Moel Hebog and the Glaslyn estuary; or take on the ever-popular ascent to the top of Snowdon, a hike that will reward you with magnificent views over the National Park. A short walk along the A498 leads to two of Wales' finest lakes, Llyn Gwynant and Llyn Dinas. Alternatively, explore underground, and you will discover the nearby Sygun Copper Mine. The village is also one of the stop-off points on the newly extended Welsh Highland Railway from Caernarfon. Bikers are well catered for, with a number of mountain bike trails available.
Having warmly welcomed visitors for years, Beddgelert has a long tradition of hospitality. Though small, it offers a wide range of amenities, including good accommodation, cafes and restaurants, pubs, an ice cream parlour, a Tea garden, gift/craft shops, a church and a Post Office; and has been named winner of the Wales in Bloom competition several times.
A brief walk south of the village, following the footpath along the banks of the Afon Glaslyn leads to Beddgelert's most famous historical feature, 'Gelert's Grave'. According to legend, the stone monument in the field marks the resting place of 'Gelert', the faithful hound of the medieval Welsh Prince Llywelyn the Great. The inscription on the grave reads thus:
"In the 13th century Llywelyn, Prince of North Wales, had a palace at Beddgelert. One day he went hunting without Gelert, "The Faithful Hound", who was unaccountably absent.
On Llywelyn's return the truant, stained and smeared with blood, joyfully sprang to meet his master. The prince alarmed hastened to find his son, and saw the infant's cot empty, the bedclothes and floor covered with blood. The frantic father plunged his sword into the hound's side, thinking it had killed his heir. The dog's dying yell was answered by a child's cry. Llywelyn searched and discovered his boy unharmed, but near by lay the body of a mighty wolf which Gelert had slain. The prince filled with remorse is said never to have smiled again. He buried Gelert here".
There are a number of parking facilities available within the village, along with readily accessible public toilets.