by Menai Holidays
History & Heritage
The legend of Gelert, the faithful hound after which the village takes its name, has been well told. There is, however, more to picturesque Beddgelert. It is a great destination for a short break in Snowdonia, be it summer or winter.
Given the location, surrounded by mountain peaks, it’s no surprise that Beddgelert is a hub for walkers as well as those visiting Gelert’s grave. Here are two of my favourite walks in Beddgelert, all tried & tested.
Walk one: The Fisherman’s Path and Cwm Bychan
Starting from the middle of the village, this walk takes you past Gelert’s grave (above) before continuing along the pretty Fisherman’s path beside the River Glaslyn, then heading up through Cwm Bychan, dropping down the otherside to Llyn Dinas.
Afon Glaslyn from Fisherman’s Path
The route is around 6 miles in length, so if you are walking with younger children you may want to walk to the end of the Fisherman’s path then retrace your steps back to the village to make it manageable for little legs.
Walk Two: Nant Gwynant and Craflwyn
The highlight of this walk for me are the Afon Cwm Llan waterfalls (also known as the Watkin Path plunge pools). If you like wild swimming, then you definitely need to find space for your swim things in your backpack!
This walk is just under 4 miles.
Route Map & Directions
It might not be Euston, but Beddgelert does have its own train station. No crammed commuter carriages here though! Beddgelert is one of the stops on the Caernarfon – Porthmadog Welsh Highland Railway. The gentle pace of the steam train means that you just have to sit back and take in all the spectacular scenery.
Beddgelert Forest is a magical place. Stand on the shores of Llyn Llewelyn in the heart of the forest and just listen! The numerous trails are well-marked and great for walking, but perhaps even better for biking. Beddgelert Bikes has a range of bikes for hire (as well as child seats and trailers). There is a traffic free cycle route from the village, Lon Gwyrfai, starting from the car park by the side of Beddgelert Bikes that takes you up to the forest about a mile away. You can continue to the village of Rhyd Ddu if you like. The total distance is about 4.5 miles.
Just outside the village lies the Sygun Copper Mines, which you will pass on walk one above. Winding tunnels, colourful chambers and impressive stalactites and stalagmites can all be found on the self-guided tour. Another stage in Snowdonia’s colourful history to be discovered.
We have a number of properties just minutes from Beddgelert. Imposing Dinas Noddfa (below), sits looking out across Llyn Dinas and sleeps 6.
Click here to see all available self-catering holiday cottages in the Beddgelert area.
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