Beddgelert is a charming mountain village of located in the very heart of Snowdonia. It makes an excellent base for some low level walks, with a range of options varying in length and physical challenge.
A short riverside stroll will take you to the legendary Gelert’s Grave – not a man, but a dog’s grave, which is said to date from the 13th century. The sad story of Gelert’s demise provides the origin of the village’s name.
Beyond Gelert’s Grave lies Aberglaslyn Pass, an attractive wooded river gorge. The Fisherman’s Path runs above the east bank all the way down to the bridge of Pont Aberglaslyn. When the river is in full spate you might see daring kayakers paddling through the rapids.
On the western side of the valley steep paths lead up through Aberglaslyn Woods – the reward for this stiff ascent is the delightful view point from the Bryn Ddu tower. On the south west side of the woods is Pen y Gaer, an old castle which is also worth a visit.
A good circular route can be had by heading out past the Sygun Copper mine then turning south along Cwm Bychan, with an optional trip to the superb view point on top of Mynydd Sygyn then returning via the Aberglaslyn Pass.
There is a handy car park in the centre of Beddgelert.
Mostly good tracks and footpaths, but some rough terrain in places.