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.more
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...more
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!more
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...more
My wife and I had the misfortune to eat at this place on our last evening in Beddgelert. The food was very poor and extremely overpriced.I had the Mushroom and Peppers stroganoff. The peppers were sliced with a razor blade and the mushrooms were small and overcooked. I had only a few strands of thinly sliced red pepper. I chose it because it was on...more
Cwm Brychan, a desolate valley behind Beddgelert, affords rugged Snowdonia scenery - woodlands, a waterfall, rocky heather covered hillsides and, from the top of the pass, stunning views of Llyn Dinas and Snowdon. You will also come across remanants of forming mining industry here...long since abandoned but relics remain so watch your footing here for the metal in the ground! The pylons were part of an aerial ropeway for carrying buckets of ore.
The walk here begins just above the Aberglasslyn Bridge where there is a convenient car park - A4085 near the hamlet of Nantmor - parking is often difficult in Beddgelert. You can include this valley in a 3-4 hour loop hike by walking along the Glaslyn River in Beddgelert to the Aberglaslyn Pass, up the Brychan Valley and down Nantmor into Beddgelert again. This is a favourite walk in Snowdonia - more in the sports tip.
A popular walk around Beddgelert is a 3-4 hour loop hike by walking along the Glaslyn River in Beddgelert to the Aberglaslyn Pass, up the Brychan Valley and down Nantmor with lovely views of Lyn Dinas into Beddgelert again. It passes through the Copper Mine attraction of Sygun so that could be included to makea a really varied day out. The hike itself it about 6.5 miles long and has an ascent of 275m so its not too strenuous and its popular with families. The path is clearly marked out with stones so is easy to find.
We made this hike Easter Saturday 2007 and the weather was glorious. We parked at carpark by Aberglalyn bridge (so we could get the ascent over with first!) Climbing up stone steps we passed a lovely waterfall - great place for a picnic) and then climbed up into Cym Brychan - a wide desolate valley with its relics of the mining industry. At the top a stile leads over to a path heading down to Lyn Dinas (you can take a shortcut, but misssing views of the lake, and heading down to Sygun and Beddgelert). We opted for views of the lake and weren't disappointed. Rocky steps descend to the lake and path then follows the river (on your right) into Beddgelert. Enjoy a stroll around the village or have some refreshment in the many tea rooms with a view before continuing the river path through the Glaslyn Gorge back to the carpark.
The river path has been lowered as the old train track path is being re-instated for the Welsh Highland Railway - should be complete by 2008 I think. The path is now nearer the river - more interesting I think than having to go through dark tunnels as the former path did.
Please see all the pics for an overview of the beautiful scenery on this varied walk.
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.more
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.more