Favorite thing: Just on the outskirts of Beddgelert is Lake Dinas or Lyn Dinas. An idyllic spot for a picnic or incorporated into a hike around it or from/to Cwm Brychan - its more of an ascent this way though - we preferred to drop down to the lake from Cwm Brychan. The far side of the lake has good views of Snowdon.
Favorite thing: The mountain that dominates Beddgelert is Moel Hebog - the highest summit in the immediate vicinity. Its name means Hill of the Falcon and its one of the few places where the Peregrine Falcon can still be seen. Its a 4 hour hike up here from Beddgelert, involving rugged paths and tricky route finding - map and compass should be in your hikers pack.
The pleasant walks along the river can lead up to the pass - be warned though a bridge that use to cross the river is no longer in use and further up there is work being carried out for the reinstation of the welsh highland railway link. There has been much opposition to this as it will spoil this lovely walk.
Update 2007: A new bridge is now in place and soon the Welsh Highland Railway will also cross - a bridge for that is newly installed.I don't think the walk will be spoiled - infact the new path comes close to the river, makes it more interesting.
Favorite thing: The scenery all around Beddgelert is stunning. If arriving from Portmadog you will cross viai the cob - the sea barrier that was built in the 19th century by William Maddocks. He then built a port at that end and the town thus becam known as Portmadock and then Welsh'ised to Porthmadoc (Portmadog to the English!)
The Glaslyn River gushes through Beddgelert and makes for a pleasant riverside walk with its colourful cottages along the banks. There are several paths that can be enjoyed.
Aberglaslyn means confluence of the Blue Lake - usuaully the sea and although you wouldn't know it today but the sea used to come this far inland so the River Glasyn DID meet the sea here. It was in the 19th century that William Maddocks built a causeway/sea barrier - known as the "Cob" - which pushed the sea back 5 miles away from Nantmor.
Favorite thing: The village is only small and easily walked around in less than a hour but the setting is so idyllic with its stone bridge, the cottages and the river walks. Its the starting point for some wonderful walks in Snowdonia - notably the Watkin path to Snowdon and more locally to Moel Hebog - Beddgelert's mountain and Cwn Brycham, the old mining valley.
Favorite thing: The Nantile Ridge is just north of Beddgelert. An 8 mile linear walk on this ridge gives an experience of ridge walking at a relatively low level - starts at Rhyd-Ddu and finishes at Nebo.