Visit Beddgelert: Places to stay, things to do

Rosie Daniel explores the sparkling rivers and imposing mountains of Beddgelert.

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The breathtaking village of Beddgelert is situated in the Snowdonia national park. Nestled in a valley dominated by mountains it sits at the convergence of two rivers, the Glaslyn and Colwyn.

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Attractive bridges cross the water and lead to many captivating walks. Meander your way down the riverbank, picnic in secluded woodland and breath in the clean country air.  On a hot day (or even a cold one if you’re very keen) take a wander to the Glandwr café, their award winning ice creams and sorbets are made on the premises and provide a plethora of colour, texture and flavour.

The village offers a unique opportunity for rail enthusiasts to enjoy a trip on the Welsh highland railway, trains run high above the fast flowing Afon Glaslyn before plunging dramatically into tunnels through the hillside. Whilst transporting you back to the age of steam these magnificent engines take you as far as the town of Caernarfon where you can marvel at the imposing beauty of Caernarfon’s very own medieval castle. If you are after a more strenuous activity then Beddgelert is an ideal base for mountain hikes, cycling, horse riding and canoeing.

Where to eat

If you fancy some good honest food and value for money then The Royal Goat Hotel is the place to go. Dishes such as the homemade game pie and the roast duck with honey and walnut sauce will not disappoint.

The Cwellyn Arms is located just four miles out. Below traditional low-beamed ceilings you can enjoy a range of real ales and a good selection of local dishes, the char-grilled steaks come highly recommended. On cold nights you can toast your feet by the open fire, a welcome sanctuary from the rugged welsh wilderness.

Where to Stay

If pure luxury is what you’re after then the Sygun Fawr hotel is the place for you. This former welsh manor dates back to 1644 and boasts truly enviable views across the mountains.  Each room is individually decorated and provides sleep-inducing goose-down duvets and convenient en-suite facilities. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable so don’t be afraid to ask them for advice. The Sygun Fawr restaurant offers locally sourced, fresh food that will make your mouth water.

Did you know?

The name Beddgelert means ‘Gelert’s grave’ in Welsh. A legend involving a 13th Century Prince called Llewelyn circulates the village. Allegedly the Prince never smiled again after he killed his faithful wolfhound Gelert by mistake. I always loved this story when I was a child and was delighted to have the opportunity to visit the grave of Gelert that is situated next to the river. This appealing tale adds character to an already charming getaway.

A local secret…

The village is linked with the Rupert Bear stories, as Alfred Bestall wrote and illustrated some of the beloved tales whilst he lived in the village.

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