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About Beddgelert

Beddgelert is renowned as one of the prettiest villages in North Wales, Snowdonia. Over the years Beddgelert has won a number of national accolades for its admirable environmental programme to enhance the village – Wales and Britain in Bloom; also winning the gold award in 1997 for villages in the Entente Florale, the prestigious Europe in Bloom competition.

Situated at the foot of Snowdon, the heart of the village boasts an ancient stone built bridge, perfectly framing the point where two rivers - the Glaslyn and the Colwyn – meet. It is difficult not to fall in love with the charming simplicity of the village, as you wonder round the stone dwellings, inns, school, St. Mary’s church and rivers edge. Around every corner you will find spectacular scenery; a mix of mountains, lakes, woodlands, and streams.

In the summer months Beddgelert is alive with families, couples and friendly groups all eager to make the most of the shops, hotels, cafes and pubs it has to offer, whilst exploring the attractions. With so many beautiful walks starting from the village, a newly opened steam railway and an award winning ice cream parlour there is something to entice all ages.

Winter is a quieter affair, but equally as appealing – a peaceful sleepy village to while away the daylight hours walking in the foothills of Snowdon, then making the most of the dark cold nights snuggled up in front of open log fires in one of the many pubs with your favourite tipple.

Gelerts Grave – A short walk from the centre, following the river, visitors can discover the origin of name Beddgelert (Grave of Gelert). In the shade of an old oak tree a tome stone inscribed with the legend of Gelert, the faithful hound of Prince Llewelyn, can be found telling the woeful tale of a loyal friend and his master.

Snowdon - Undoubtedly Beddgelert is in the midst of magnificent walking country – Mount Snowdon being one of the biggest draws to the area. About half a million people climb, walk or take the train to the summit each year. This was the area where members of the first successful attempt on Mt Everest trained, and it's been the training ground for many of Britain's best-known mountaineers since then.

Fantasy or fiction? - Unbeknown to many the village is also famous for being the place where Rupert the Bear was set, and tucked away at the foot of Craig Llan, the home of the author, Alfred Bestal, can still be found. In addition, on the outskirts of the village are the sites of two wonders of Welsh mythology; the vanishing mountain and Dinas Emrys - the castle said to be where Merlin gave his first prophecy, and one of the reputed sites of the Holy Grail.

Steam Railway - For rail enthusiasts, young and old - 2010 saw the reopening of the final section of the long-lost railway link between Caernarfon, Beddgelert and Porthmadog. On this delightful journey passengers can now travel through some of the most beautiful scenery, from Caernarfon through to Blaenau Ffestiniog - some 40 miles of narrow-gauge steam!

Glaslyn Ospray Project - Any ‘Twitchers’ out there looking to spot a real treat? Just a hop skip and a jump down Aberglaslyn Pass, bird lovers have the opportunity to get up close to the only pair of breeding ospreys in Wales. The Glaslyn Osprey Project is open daily to enthuse and educate all age groups.