A pretty village, which has been welcoming visitors to the heart of the Snowdonia National Park for centuries, Beddgelert is a beautiful spot nestling between the Abeglasyn Pass and the Nant Gwynant valley. A great place to visit on a cottage holiday, the village has a small number of shops, hotels and eating places and an enviable location alongside the Glaslyn River, making it an ideal place to spend the day for short or longer rambles and a picnic. Many visitors enjoy the short walk along the river to Gelert’s grave (from which the village takes its name). Legend has it that the small shrine is the burial place of the faithful dog belonging to medieval Prince Llewelyn the Great.
To the south of the village, the river Glaslyn forces its course through the Aberglaslyn Pass. This rocky, wooded route, flanked by sheer cliffs rising some seven hundred feet, is one of North Wales’ most famous beauty spots, and can readily be enjoyed on foot from Beddgelert. For those preferring to view on wheels rather than on foot, the A498 and the Welsh Highland Railway line run alongside the river and capitalise on this scenic gap in the mountains. Alternatively, the Forestly Commission woodland to the north of Beddgelert offers marked walks and cycle routes through the forest, and bikes can be hired here, whilst further lowland rambles can be enjoyed in the Nant Gwynant valley, which shelters two pretty lakes, Llun Gwynant and Llyn Dinas.
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