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Visiting Snowdonia




Beddgelert is a picturesque and unspoilt mountain village in the Snowdonia National Park. Small and friendly, it boasts a wide range of amenities including good accommodation facilities, quaint shops, Information Centre and historic attractions.


Beddgelert (© SNPA)

The Legend of Gelert

Gelert the hound protected his master's baby from a giant wolf. When the baby's father, Prince Llywelyn returned from the hunt, saw blood on the dog and no sign of his son, he killed Gelert believing him responsible. As Gelert fell, the Prince heard his son cry and found him safe with the slain wolf nearby. Horrified by his actions it is said that the Prince never smiled again. The village is named in honour of this brave dog - 'bedd' being the Welsh for 'grave'.

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