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A picturesque stone-built village built on Welsh legend, Beddgelert is located in the south end of the Snowdonia National Park, not far from the majestic Mount Snowdon. It is a beautiful place in which to spend a day or a few hours, or to use as a base for thorough exploration of the area.

Myth and Legend

Much of Wales' history is steeped in myth and folklore and Beddgelert, which means 'the grave of Gelert', is no different. It is named after the tale of Prince Llewellyn ap Iorwerth and his faithful hound, Gelert. The prince, leaving for a hunting trip, left charge of his infant son to his dog. However, when he returned, no trace of the baby could be found, while Gelert's muzzle was soaked in blood. Llewellyn instantly attacked the dog with a fatal blow and the dog's death cry was answered by that of a baby.

Llewellyn rushed to nearby bushes and found the body of a bloodied wolf which Gelert had battled to the death, next to that of his unharmed heir. It is said that Llewellyn was so devastated by his actions that he never smiled again. The supposed grave is a tourist attraction and can be found in a pretty meadow below Cerrig Llan.

Of course this is just a myth, made up by local traders to encourage visitors to the area in the late 18th century, but it is fascinating nevertheless and part of Wales' mysterious charm.

Activities

Hikers stream to Snowdonia throughout the year and many consider the area to be a hiking mecca of sorts, with some of the finest scenery in the whole of the UK as a backdrop. Wooded vales, rocky slopes and mountain lakes fill the surrounding countryside which boasts a full range of Beddgelert hotels, guest houses, shops and attractions.

Railway fans can delight in finding several of Wales' great little railways in the Snowdonia region, including the famous Ffestiniog Railway. From here, visitors can experience the beauty of the area from over 40 miles of narrow-gauge railway.

Another nearby attraction is the Sygun Copper Mine, a Victorian mine that was closed in 1903 but subsequently renovated and reopened as a tourist attraction in 1986. This amazing centre focuses on atmospheric audio-visual tours of the underground workings, and includes a museum and art gallery dedicating much to Welsh history and mythology.

A surprising centre from which to explore, try Beddgelert, and be captivated.

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