Two rivers and Gelert’s grave – Beddgelert

In the centre of the pretty village that is Beddgelert, Gelert’s Grave is probably the best known feature. According to legend, this is the resting place of Gelert, the faithful hound of Prince Llewelyn The Great. If you love combining a nice walk combined with stories of old, this is a great little walk.

Distance: approx 3 miles

Start at the car park close to the Welsh Highland Railway. Turn left & walk into the village. Turn dow the narrow lane before crossing the road bridge. Pass Gwynneth Crafts, with the Afon Colwyn to your left. Pass the loos to a footbridge but do not cross it, instead turn right though the gate (there is a sign for Gelerts Grave).  Follow the concrete path downstream. Turn right at the junction with a path,  again, signed to Gelerts Grave. Go through the gate to reach the grave.

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Continue along the path to the ruined house on the right, then bear LEFT on the path back to the river. From here you can go back to the village, but this walk continues to the right

Turn right through the gate & walk alongside the river. Pass through the harp shaped gate. When you reach the Welsh Highland Railway go through the gate and cross the footbridge. Turn left at the far side and walk upstream. Go through the metal gate. Pass the metal carving of the railway engine and pass through another gate just before reaching the footbridge leading back to the village.

Do not cross this bridge, instead continue to the left of Tai Sygun, a row of terraced cottages. At the junction with the road cross straight over and through a gate, finger post. Follow the path along the river and through the gate 100 yards further on. Go through the next gate also to reach another road. Turn left to join the A498. Turn right and walk past the turned to Cae Du campsite. Pass the houses on the left to another row of houses 100 yards or so further on. Cross the road to these houses and walk up the left hand side to a garage, then turn left and go through a metal gate. Follow the path up and when it levels out turn right through the gate on the right. Keep the wall to your right & walk up the edge of the field through another gate!

Turn left at the marker post, pass through three gates, and follow the walled path to pass behind the back of ‘Perthi’. Pass a marker post and bear left to join the farm access track. Turn right along it. Then bear left at the track junction and walk down to the A4085. Turn left alongside this. Take care here as there is no path.

Turn right 100 yards past the speed restriction sign and where a footpath starts. Go down the narrow road towards the Gwersylla campsite. Cross the Pont Alyn then through the gate on the right of the cattle grid. Continue along the road. Go under the Welsh Highland Railway and turn left through the gate immediately after the bridge. Follow the track to the right of the railway, then pass under the line again and through a gate. Follow the path to a tarmac path at a hairpin bend. Go left. Continue below Beddgelert station and through a gate to return to the car park.

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