A visit to Beddgelert
Enjoy a traditional Welsh village, rich in legend, at the heart of Snowdonia
Located where the rivers Glaslyn and Colwyn meet within the Snowdonia National Park in north Wales, the picturesque stone village of Beddgelert is surrounded by beautiful wooded valleys, rolling hills and mountain lakes. Snowdon itself, Wales' highest mountain, is fewer than five miles north of the village.
Consequently, Beddgelert is a popular base for those who appreciate natural beauty and the great outdoors; there are abundant walking trails for visitors of all abilities in the hills surrounding the village whilst for those prepared for the challenge the ascent of Snowdon is a must.
Beddgelert's precise history is unclear but it is thought that a Celtic Christian community existed here in the sixth century and was named after a Christian missionary named Celert. However, local legend says that the village is named after the faithful dog of a thirteenth-century prince, Llewellyn, who mistakenly killed the animal believing that it had attacked his infant son. According to the story, Gelert, the dog, had actually defended the baby from an attacking wolf. Realising his mistake the remorseful prince buried his dog: in English, Beddgelert means 'Gelert's Grave'. Today, the dog's reputed burial mound, a short stroll from the village, remains a popular attraction.
Both relaxing and rewarding to explore on foot, Beddgelert offers visitors historic buildings, traditional shops, inns and cafes and picture-postcard views of Snowdonia's magnificent scenery.