• John Oyston

Beddgelert – The Tale of One Man and His Dog

Beddgelert offers walks up Snowdon, steam train rides to Caernarfon and the enduring legend of Gelert’s grave.

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 Legend of Gelert’s Grave

Gelert's Grave Photo John Oyston
Gelert's Grave Photo John Oyston

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. Pizzas are freshly made to order using home made dough, pure mozzarella and quality toppings.

Take a Trip on the Welsh Highland Railway

The Welsh Highland Railway (Caernarfon)

provides a narrow gauge steam link between Beddgelert and Caernarfon. This is the latest addition to the list of Great Little Trains of Wales and offers unrivalled views of the Snowdonia National Park. This should not be confused with The Welsh Highland Heritage Railway in Porthmadog.

Welsh Highland Railway Photo John Oyston
Welsh Highland Railway Photo John Oyston

The 2’ gauge railway is usually steam hauled and climbs from a terminus in the shadow of Caernarfon Castle to Rhyd Ddu in the foothills of Mount Snowdon and then calls at Beddgelert en route to Porthmadog, where it connects with the Ffestiniog Railway.

Refreshments and toilet facilities are available on all trains. There is a first class Pullman coach on every train. This is available at a nominal extra charge which can be paid to the guard on the train.

On a nice day, many passengers prefer to get closer to nature by travelling in an open coach and take advantage of the many photo opportunities without the hindrance of a glass window.

View from Beddgelert Photo John Oyston
View from Beddgelert Photo John Oyston

Beddgelert Village Photo John Oyston
Beddgelert Village Photo John Oyston

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