According to legends, this is the final resting place of 'Gelert', the faithful hound of Welsh Prince Llewelyn. In the 13th century Llewelyn, Prince of North Wales, had a palace at Beddgelert. He was a keen hunter, and spent a lot of his time hunting in the countryside around Beddgelert. Llewelyn had a large pack of hunting dogs but his favourite was Gelert. They were inseparable on hunting days.
One day he gathered the dogs to go on a hunt, but unaccountably, Gelert was absent and could not be found. Llywelyn reluctantly decided to go hunting without him. On his return, Gelert joyfully ran up him. Wagging his tail, he was happy to meet his master. However he was smeared with blood and was behaving in an unusual manner. Llewelyn knew there was something wrong. Alarmed he ran up to the palace to check on his infant son. The cot was empty. His bed-clothes were on the floor, and covered with blood. Llewelyn feared the worst. Looking at Gelert,and thinking the hound had killed his heir, with immense anger he plunged his sword into Gelert's side, killing him instantly. The hound's dying yell filled the room, and after a moment it was followed by a cry of child. Llewelyn frantically searched everywhere and eventually discovered his boy on the floor but unharmed. Near to him was the dead body of a big wolf which Gelert had killed. The Prince knowing what he had done, was filled with remorse as is said never to have smiled again.
Village of Beddgelert
- Caffi Gwynant Bethania, Nantgwynant, Gwynedd, LL55 4NL (A498 at the foot of Watkin path to Snowdon summit)
Tel: 01766 890855. Closed on Monday & Tuesday. open from 9 to 5 the rest of the week.
The perfect place for a drink, snack or a more substantial meal before or after a walk to the summit of Snowdon via the Watkin Path. A fabulous little cafe serving great food in this wonderful location. No wonder it has a 5-star tripadvisor rating.
- Cwellyn Arms in Rhyd Ddu Rhyd Ddu, LL54 6TL. Tel: 01766 890321
Located in the village of Rhyd-Ddu a short distance from Beddgelert on the A4085 towards Caernarfon.
The Cwellyn Arms is only a short walk from the start of the Rhyd-Ddu path to the summit of Snowdon. Dogs are welcomed in the bar and the lounge area - food served in both. Good real ales, good food and very friendly staff.
Dinas Emrys and the legend of two dragons
Rhyd-Ddu - Beddgelert: 4.5 - 13.5 miles
Circular walk in Beddgelert
Beddgelert Forest Walk
Rupert the bear
Fisherman’s Path and Cwm Bychan (PDF)
Lôn Gwyrfai: Rhyd-Ddu to Beddgelert (PDF)