Beddgelert is a village in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, in North Wales. It is a popular base for walkers and is near to the start of the Rhyd Ddu , Snowdon Ranger and Watkin Path routes to the summit of Mount Snowdon.
The English translation of Beddgelert is “Gelert’s grave”. According to legend, Gelert was a faithful hound of Prince Llewelyn who the Prince killed thinking the dog had harmed his son. He discovered too late that the faithful hound was a hero and not a villain. The full story is told, in English and Welsh, on the tombstone, which is a leisurely stroll from the village along the banks of the River Glaslyn. The walk is flat and easily accessible with either a pushchair or wheelchair.
Back in the village, there are a selection of craft shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants.. Glaslyn Ices , on the main street have an enviable reputation for ice cream and offer a wide range of mouth watering flavours. Next door, they also run the Glandwr Cafe which offers an excellent selection of light meals and snacks. They are famous for their pizzas and it is not hard to see why.
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