Snowdonia is a wonderful holiday destination with something to offer everybody. From walking, climbing, biking and a whole host of sporting activities, to world-famous narrow-gauge railways (the Ffestiniog, Welsh Highland and Snowdon Mountain Railways are all within easy reach) to Welsh culture, castles and history. You’ll find famous attractions such as Portmeirion close by, and Anglesey and even the Llyn Peninsula – both with wonderful sandy beaches – are within easy driving distance.
A short walk south of the village, following the footpath along the banks of the Glaslyn leads to Beddgelert’s most famous historical feature, ‘Gelert’s Grave’.
According to legend, the stone monument in the field marks the resting place of ‘Gelert’, the faithful hound of the medieval Welsh Prince, Llewelyn the Great.
The story, as written on the tombstone reads:
In the 13th century Llewelyn, prince of North Wales, had a palace at Beddgelert. One day he went hunting without Gelert, The Faithful Hound, who was unaccountably absent.
On Llewelyn’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 in 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 nearby 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”.
If you want the challenge of ascending Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales, or prefer one of our leisurely walks along the coastline, you’re guaranteed breathtaking scenery and diverse landscapes.
These mountain bike trails are free and maintained for your enjoyment by volunteers so please be generous at the donation points to support their great work and therefore the upkeep of the trails.
With nearly 100 miles of coastline, beaches abound on the Llŷn Peninsula. Towns such as Abersoch, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli, Porthmadog and Nefyn, to name but a few, the beaches attract locals and tourists.
The Welsh Highland Railway or Rheilffordd Eryri is a 25-mile long, operating from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, and passing through a number of popular tourist destinations including Beddgelert.
The National Slate Museum is located at Gilfach Ddu in the 19th-century workshops of the now disused Dinorwic quarry, within the Padarn Country Park, Llanberis, Gwynedd.
Portmeirion is a tourist village in Gwynedd, North Wales. It was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village, and is now owned by a charitable trust.
The Snowdon Mountain Railway is a pinion mountain railway in Gwynedd, north-west Wales. It is a tourist railway that travels for 4.7 miles from Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales.
The largest National Park in Wales, Snowdonia boasts the highest mountain in England and Wales, and the largest natural lake in Wales, with many picturesque villages like Betws y Coed and Beddgelert.
The high peaks of Snowdonia overlook the Llŷn Peninsula and the Irish Sea coast which is strewn with differing fishing locations, mountain granite rock mass plunging steeply into the sea giving deep water fishing marks close to shore.
Bodnant Garden is a National Trust property near Tal-y-Cafn, Conwy, Wales, overlooking the Conwy Valley towards the Carneddau mountains. Founded in 1874 and developed by five generations of one family, it was gifted to the Trust in 1949.
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