Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Beddgelert is Snowdonia’s loveliest village. A place of legend yet rich with adventure, it is small and friendly with a handful of shops, arts and crafts, restaurants, traditional pubs and a fabulous ice cream shop! Here’s a short summary of things to do in Beddgelert, one in our series of Snowdonia Information Packs.


 

ACTIVITIES

Gelerts Grave The grave site of Llewelyn The Great’s faithful hound who was slain in a case of mistaken identity… he is the namesake of the village and to find out the full story, you may want to take a little wander up there.
Snowdonia Advenrture Activities offer gorge walking, canyoning, kayaking, climbing, mountain biking and going underground.
Sygun Copper Mine Ever fancied panning for fools gold? A unique experience of seeing how a Victorian copper mine used to work where a series of tunnels take you through the mine with magnificent caves and stalactites.
Ty Isaf is the oldest house in Beddgelert and is on the site of Llewelyn The Great’s hunting lodge. Now a shop and model 19th century kitchen, it is a little piece of treasure.
Dinas Emrys Although not much of the original fort is remaining, it is worth a visit. It is here that the red dragon of Wales is said to have slain the white dragon of the Saxons as foretold by Merlin himself.
Beddgelert Woodcraft There are lots of beautiful, hand carved wooden gifts to take home as a bit of Snowdonia memorabilia available in the shop which is open 10-5pm.


 

BEACHES

Morfa Bychan (AKA Black Rock Sands) near Porthmadog is probably your nearest beach which is about 30 mins away by car. The only beach in the area that will allow you to drive onto the beach; there is a small charge for this.
Llyn Dinas is a 1km lake on the north side of Beddgelert; great for wild swimming.


 

DAYS OUT

CASTLES

There are 600 castles in Wales, the closest being Criccieth The other close ones include, Harlech, Caernarfon, Beaumaris on Anglesey, Penrhyn Castle in Bangor and Dolwyddelan in Betws-y-Coed.

The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highlands Steam Train starts in Porthmadog or Caernarfon, taking you through the mountains to Blaenau Ffestiniog offering glorious views and giving you an insight into the past.

Portmeirion Village is a little piece of the ‘Italian riviera’ in Wales was created by Clough Williams-Ellis during the earlier part of the 1900’s. A visit here transports you to a fantasy world of beautiful buildings and gardens. Famous for its filming of the Prisoner in the 60’s it now welcomes visitors from all over the world. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes in the village along with gift shops and a shop for their famous Portmeirion dinner service. There is a private beach that visitors can enjoy.

Zip World has offers 10 incredible activities in North Wales…

  • Blaenau Ffestiniog is where you will find Bounce Below (an underground tampoline experience), Zip World Caverns (an incredible, underground exploring activity) and Titan (first 4 people zip line).
  • Conwy Valley is home to Zip Safari (a series of  23 zip lines through the trees), Plummet (jump from a 100ft tower), Skyride (Europe’s highest 5 seater swing), Treetop Nets (nets suspended in trees 60ft above the ground to run around in), Fforest Coaster (an alpine coaster that runs throug the forest at exhilarating speeds) and Tree Hoppers (a woodland experience for younger ones).
  • Bangor is where you will find Velocity (the fastest zipline in the world and the longest in Europe).

Surf Snowdonia is an artificial surf lagoon where they create continuous and perfect waves. Perfect for beginners and those who are looking to improve. No waiting around for the next set of waves. At the centre, there is also a total wipeout waterwall, the ‘blob’ which will see you flying in the air, a soft play centre, a skate ramp and a couple of onsite restaurants/cafes

The National White Water Centre on the river Tryweryn in Bala offers one of the best places in the country to white water raft. The water levels are dam-controlled meaning its rapids still thunder down the river during the summer months so you will never be disappointed by the conditions.


 

WALKS

The walks in the surrounding area are both incredible and numerous
Our very own ‘Really Simple Walking Guide Up Snowdon’A great guide up Moel Hebog from our friends at Mud and Routes
Geocaching If you love a treasure hunt, you’ll be pleased to know that there are lots of geocaches hidden around the area. Children love these, so if you’re having trouble convincing them that a walk is good fun, this could be your answer!

Things To Do In Beddgelert | Snowdonia Information Pack
 


 

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Beddgelert Forest The forest here is beautiful. There are 2 routes; yellow (6km) and green (4km) and all follow the forest trails so there is no worry of traffic. Perfect for family days out as well as an opportunity to take in the scenery without looking out of a window. There are plenty of bikes to hire from Beddgelert Bikes near by if you don’t have your own
Coed Y Brenin Based just north of Dolgellau, this forest (Coed) offers mountain biking heaven. Ranging from routes for beginners to the more advanced it is fantastic. Free to get in, you can either rent a bike there or take your own. If not all the party are up for cycling, there are also wonderful walks. Take a picnic as there are lots of picnic tables or there is also a cafe that serves food.
<Antur Stiniog is an up lift service. Graded blue to black, there are 7 trails. It costs £32.50 for the day. You will need to pre-book a space and you can hire bikes there. Again there is a cafe and other activities on offer.
Beddgelert Bikes is the largest bike hiring company in the area.


 

EATING OUT

PUBS:

The Tanronnen is a great local pub ofering pub food and ales.
The Saracens Head again, good pub food, roaring log fires and good ales.

RESTAURANTS

The Hebog is a fantastic bistro. The outside is beautifully set by the river and perfect for relaxing after a log walk or if you just fancy mooching around by the river! Lovely for evening meals too.
The Royal Goat is well known for its Sunday lunches but also for a great evening menu with meat and fish options.

CAFES

Caffi Gwynant based at the foot of the Watkins Path is a perfect spot to stock up / restore from a trek up or down Snowdon offering an extensive menu for a Cafe. Cafe Glendwr and Glaslyn Ice Cream will always be mentioned hand in hand with Beddgelert – as well as incredible ice cream, they also offer a great cafe menu including pizza!
ICECREAM: Glaslyn Ice Cream – not to be missed!

Things To Do In Beddgelert | Snowdonia Information Pack


 

LOCAL INFO

DOCTORS

Meddygfa Waunfawr, Liverpool House, 2 Church St, Beddgelert, LL55 4YY
TEL: 01286 650223

ATM

ATM: Many places locally only accept cash and so make sure you have enough on hand. There are no ATM’s in Beddgelert itself, but you can get money from the Post Office at no extra charge. The nearest place for ATM’s is Llanberis 14 miles away so make sure you are covered. The Post Office is open 8.00am – 5.30pm Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, 8.00am – 1.00pm Fri and 8.00am – 6.00pm on Sat.

GROCERY STORES

Caernarfon is the nearest place for the larger stores and Tesco will deliver.

  • TESCO – S Rd, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 2YG. TEL: 0845 677 9122
  • MORRISONS – N Rd, Caernarfon, LL55 1BE. TEL: 01286 676617

TRAINS

    There is not a mainline train station in Beddgelert, but the Welsh Highland Railway runs between Porthmadog and Caeranrfon and Beddgelert is the middle stopping point. The nearest one is Porthmadog (14 miles) and the Bangor (25miles). There are bus services that run to Bala.

BUSES

There are a number of bus services that go through Beddgelert. The following link will help you plan your journey: BEDDGELERT BUS SERVICES

TAXI’S

    local taxi firms include:

  • CHUBS CABS 01248 679292
  • WILLIAMS CABS – 01248 670171