Beddgelert is located at the foot of Mount Snowdon in Gwynedd, North Wales. It is a lovely little village in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park that sits at the confluence of the Afon Colwyn and the Afon Glaslyn. The A4085 road from Caernarfon meets the A498 Porthmadog to Betws-y-Coed road at Beddgelert - so there is no shortage of day trip destinations.
But you don't need to travel far afield to enjoy a holiday in Beddgelert. There are beautiful riverside walks, along the Glaslyn and the Colwyn rivers, or down the dramatic Aberglaslyn Pass, an area of tumultuous water running between steep wooded hills.
The Cwm Bychan hill walk offers views over Llyn Dinas, Moel Hebog, and the Glaslyn estuary. Moreover, a walk to the top of Snowdon offers views over the National Park that are even more splendid. While a short walk along the A498 leads to two of Wales' most beautiful lakes, Llyn Gwynant and Llyn Dinas.
Mountain Biking is becoming ever more popular and the bikers are well catered for in Beddgelert with a number of mountain bike trails in the Beddgelert forest at the foot of Mount Snowdon. Mountain Bike hire is available at the start of the trails.
The village, though small, has a church, cafe and tea garden, a riverside restaurant, ice cream parlour (that also makes Pizzas!), a village shop, Post Office, gift shops, craft shops, a Bistro, and two pubs …and it is a several times winner of the Wales in Bloom competition.
However Beddgelert is probably most famous for the legend of Gelert, Prince Llywelyn's faithful hound. Gelert's grave is to found in the field alongside the River Glaslyn. An 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.
Llewelyn 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.”