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Beddgelert [1] is a village in Gwynedd.

Get in

By train

Beddgelert is served by Trains on the narrow-gauge Welsh Highland Railway [2] from Caernarfonin the north. Re-opening of the line south to Porthmadog was due to take place in 2009, but is now expected no earlier than summer 2010.

By bus

Beddgelert is well served by Bws Gwynedd [3] services 97/98/S97 (Porthmadog - Penryndeudraeth/Beddgelert - Betws y Coed) and S4 (Caernarfon - Beddgelert - Pen-y-pass).

Get around

See

  • Gelert's Grave (from which the village is reputedly named). Gelert was a hound, slain by his master under the erroneous belief that he had killed the master's son when he had actually saved him from a wolf - or so they say.
  • Sygun Copper Mine [4], on the A485 to the east of the village. A tour of a 19th Century copper mine.
  • Dinas Emrys. Opposite the Sygun Copper Mine. Pre-Roman hillfort, the site of many Welsh and Arthurian legends. The fort is supposed to be the burial place of the Red Dragon of Wales and the White Dragon of the Saxons. The wizard Merlin is also reputed to have buried his treasure in a a cave here. Legend tells that the treasure will one day be rediscovered. The discoverer will be 'golden-haired and blue-eyed'. When he or she is close to Dinas Emrys a bell will ring to invite them into the cave, which will open as soon as their foot touches it. If you fit the description there's nothing to lose by giving it a try!

Do

  • Hillwalking - Moel Hebog and the Nantlle Ridge rise above the village. One of the many tracks up Snowdon starts close by.


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Eat

Drink

Sleep

Hostels

  • YHA Bryn Gwynant [5], Nant Gwynant. Four miles east of the village on the A498. 0870 770 5732. 73 beds. Family Rooms available. An old manor house in a lovely location overlooking the lake of Llyn Gwynant.
  • Craflwyn Bunkhouse [6], Craflwyn, Beddgelert. 01766 510120. Just under a mile outside the village on the A498. Owned an run by the National Trust. Can only be booked by groups, flexible accommodation for groups of 5 to 12 people.

Hotels

  • The Royal Goat Hotel [7]. 01766 890224. Incongruously named historic hotel on the edge of the village heading towards Porthmadog. The "Gelert" legend has been attributed to a former (early 19th Century) landlord, seeking to increase tourist interest in the village. As his hotel has continued to thrive we must consider his ploy a successful one.

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