Beddgelert and Gelert’s Grave Easy Snowdonia Walk

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Beddgelert, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55, UK


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Beddgelert and Gelert’s Grave Easy Snowdonia Walk

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This easy family walk to Gelerts Grave in Snowdonia, is perfect for when you’ve got little ones with you, or less mobile family members. The path is also pushchair and wheelchair friendly.

Most people who visit Beddgelert for the first time will probably visit Bedd Gelert – or Gelert’s Grave. You can just walk the quick way, but it’s probably not woth getting your boots muddy. This is a very short walk (as opposed to the very very short walk) that would be a wonderful little outing for the little ones. You could also extend the route down the Aberglaslyn Gorge along the Fisherman’s Path if you wanted a longer walk, which is interesting enough to repeat in the reverse direction.

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1 – Start the walk from the Main car Park in the village, next to the Welsh Highland Railway,and walk into  the village Centre by turning left at the main road. Pass the Tanronnen on your right and turn right just before the bridge.

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2 – Walk down the narrow lane, and past the public toilets, where you’ll find the path to Bedd Gelert, but we need to cross the footbridge and turn right along the riverbank to take a more scenic route.

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3 – After around 15 minutes, you can cross the river at another footbridge, just before the WHR railway bridge crosses the Glaslyn. You can also continue along the riverbank down towards Nantmor for  longer trip.

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4 – Turn right along the river bank, and when you pass through the gate into the next field, take the path left. Gelert’s Grave is just past the ruins (which have a bronze dog statue inside) and underneath the tree.

[alert variation=”alert-info”]The Legend of Gelert – Wether or not you believe the story, or you think it was all a genius piece of Victorian era marketing, it’s still an interesting story for the kids. We won’t go into it in detail, but to cut a long story short – Gelert was killed by his master (King Llywelyn the Great) as he thought he’d killed his child, while in fact he’d actually protected the child from a wolf. The blood wasn’t the infant prince’s, but the wolf’s blood. As he was overcome with remorse, he decided to bury his faithful hound with ceremony in what became Bedd Gelert. [/alert]

5 – Pondering if the story of Gelert is true, or if the name comes from the 8th Century Saint Gelert ( ), continue past St Mary’s Church and you’ll find yourself back at the footbridge you crossed at point 2. Retrace your route to the start.

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There are plenty of watering holes and cafes in Beddgerlert, with the Tanronnen being the most convenient. The Llywelyn across the bridge has an obvious link to the Legend of Gelert, and the Goat Hotel was run by David Prichard, the Innkeeper who popularised the legend of Gelert.

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