Ty Isaf is the oldest house in Beddgelert, dating back to the 1600s and still retains many of its oak beams, floors and period furniture. It was once the village inn and farm but today it is owned by the National Trust and houses a shop and exhibition on local produce and how diets have changed since the 19th century. Admission is free.
Not far from the Sygun Copper mine is the tree-shouded mound with the rocky ruin of Dinas Emrys. This was traditionally the fortress of Vortigern, the king who brought saxons to Britain to fight as mercenaries.
Beddgelert's parish Church of St. Mary's, is in a beautiful setting beneath the mountains of Snowdonia. It had its origins in a Celtic Christian Community established on the present site in the 6th Century. That community eventually became an Augustinian Priory in the 13th Century.In the Middle ages, the Priory grew to importance through the endowments of rich nobles, including Prince Llewelyn the Great. Notice the stained glass window of a wolf and the graveyard which contains those of local families - one a Snowdonia mountain guide.
This idyllic Snowdonia village proudly displays its many awards for its "blooming" displays of flowers. Not only several awards for Wales and Britain in bloom but also Europe in Bloom in 1997.
Just wandering around the village you will see why.
After the mine tour you come out to wonderful scenery above the valley and as you meander back down there is an opportunity to pan for some welsh gold - welsh gold has traditionally been used for rings for the royal family.
In the pic here is VT's own Hayward 68 (Laura) hoping to find enough to bring her back to England!
The Sygun Copper Mines just outside Beddgelert - set in the midst of stunning scenery in Snowdonia. There's a shortish self-guided audio-visual tour of the old Victorian mines here and at the end you can "pan for gold"
Oh and if you remember the old film "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness ( the one about the missionary leading the children out of china) then you might be interested to know that some of the filming was done round here!
In the pic here you can see Laura (Hayward68) rushing in to get her hard hat for the tour of the mine. We had a great couple of days in Snowdonia together.
About a mile south of the village the river forces a passage through the Aberglaslyn Pass. This rocky, wooded defile, flanked by sheer, 213m (700ft) cliffs is one of North Wales' most famous beauty spots. This view was taken from the Aberglasyn Bridge.
A footpath along the banks of the Glaslyn leads to Beddgelerts most famous historical feature "Gelert's Grave". According to legend, the stone monument in the fields, marks the burial of "Gelert" the faithfull hound of the medieval Welsh Prince Llywelyn the Great.
The sad story is written on the gravestone:
"In the 13th century Llywelyn, prince of North Wales, had a palace at Beddgelert. One day he went hunting without Gelert, "The Faithful Hound", who was unaccountably absent. On Llywelyn'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 hounds side, thinking it had killed his heir. The dog's dying yell was answered by a child's cry. Llywelyn searched and discovered his boy unharmed, but near by 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."
Well this is how much Laura found! There is also fools gems - coloured stones- in there. Don't think its enough for another plane ticket though Laura ;-((
Not far from Gelert's Grave is this protected sheep pen - was funny to see this statue inside though, just tucked away almost out of sight of the door.