Beddgelert, Snowdonia

The Saracens Head stands beside the River Colwyn in the heart of the picturesque Snowdonia village of Beddgelert. The fine scenery of the Snowdonia National Park is right on our doorstep, and of course, Snowdon itself, the highest peak in England and Wales.

Holidays & Activities in Snowdonia

Snowdonia is a wonderful holiday destination with something to offer everybody. From walking, climbing, biking and a whole host of sporting activities, to world-famous narrow-gauge railways (the Ffestiniog, Welsh Highland and Snowdon Mountain Railways are all within easy reach) to Welsh culture, castles and history. You’ll find famous attractions such as Portmeirion close by, and Anglesey and even the Llyn Peninsula - both with wonderful sandy beaches - are within easy driving distance.

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Walking in Snowdonia Biking in Snowdonia Beautiful beaches of the Lleyn Peninsula The Welsh Highland railway, which passes through Beddgelert Nearby Llanberis National Slate Museum Portmeirion, within easy driving distance Snowdon Mountain Railway, within easy driving distance Beautiful Snowdonia scenery Fishing in Snowdonia Bodnant Garden, within easy driving distance

Gelert

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 in blood.

The frantic father plunged his sword into the hound’s side, thinking it had killed his heir. The dog’s dying 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”.

 
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