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9. Beddgelert and the Aberglaslyn Gorge

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Beddgelert and the Aberglaslyn Gorge

Awe-inspiring beauty surrounds Beddgelert, making it one of the most memorable villages in Britain. Set at the meeting point of two rivers, the Glaswyn and the Colwyn, Beddgelert nestles in the heart of a majestic landscape with the Snowdon range rising steeply to the north and the craggy Moel Hebog (2569ft), to the west. The steep slopes are covered by a rich assortment of trees, undergrowth and bracken, giving the landscape an ever-changing range of colours and textures.

As if Beddgelert’s natural beauty was not enough, an 18th century innkeeper, keen to drum up more trade, invented a tragic story. A footpath beside the river leads to what is said to be the grave of Gelert, a dog owned by the 13th century prince Llywelyn the Great. The prince left Gelert to protect his baby son whilst he went hunting, but on his return, he found Gelert covered in blood and his son missing. Fearing the worst, Llywelyn instantly slayed the dog. On hearing a baby’s cry, Llywelyn immediately realised that he had mistakenly killed his faithful hound, especially when he discovered the body of a wolf that Gelert had killed protecting the prince’s son.

Walk Difficulty rating: Moderate. Clear paths. No scrambling. Steady height gain of just under 300m.

Beddgelert and the Aberglaslyn Gorge Address:
Beddgelert
Tourist Information Centre
Canolfan Hebog
Beddgelert
LL55 4YD
England, UK

Beddgelert and the Aberglaslyn Gorge Opening Times:
Tourist information Centre - seasonal opening. Beddgelert and the Aberglaslyn Gorge open all year round.

Beddgelert and the Aberglaslyn Gorge Admission:
Free

T  +44 (0)1766 890615

F  +44 (0)1766 890615

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