Beddgelert is unrivalled within Snowdonia. Its stone built dwellings, inns and hotels are surrounded by the finest scenery in North Wales, with Snowdon, the highest peak in England and Wales, dominating the skyline a few miles to the north. Wooded vales, rocky slopes and mountain lakes fill the surrounding countryside. The village, in keeping with its location in the Snowdonia National Park, is picturesque and unspoilt. Small and friendly, it boasts a full range of amenities including hotels, guest houses, shops and attractions.
Two rivers - the Glaslyn and the Colwyn - meet at a picturesque bridge at the centre of the village. Beddgelert is in the midst of magnificent walking country. The poet William Wordsworth set off from here on a dawn ascent of Snowdon, but in addition to the dramatic hiking terrain there is also easier walks along the riverside and the old railway track.
A short walk south of the village, following the footpath along the banks of the Glaslyn leads to Beddgelert's most famous historical feature; 'Gelert's Grave'. According to legend, the stone monument in the field marks the resting place of 'Gelert', the faithful hound of the medieval Welsh Prince Llewelyn the Great.
The story, as written on the tombstone reads:
"In the 13th century Llewelyn, prince of North Wales, had a palace at Beddgelert. One day he went hunting without Gelert, ‘The Faithful Hound’, who was unaccountably absent. On Llewelyn's return the truant, stained and smeared with blood, joyfully sprang to meet his master. The prince alarmed hastened to find his son, and saw the infant's cot empty, the bedclothes and floor covered with blood. The frantic father plunged his sword into the hound's side, thinking it had killed his heir. The dog's ying yell was answered by a child's cry. Llewelyn searched and discovered his boy unharmed, but nearby lay the body of a mighty wolf which Gelert had slain. The prince filled with remorse is said never to have smiled again. He buried Gelert here".
Many scenes for Inn of the Sixth Happiness were filmed in this area in 1958. The film, starring Ingrid Bergman, told the story of Gladys Aylward who worked as a missionary in China.
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