The Legend of Gelert

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Jul 25

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The walk follows a steep path up and over the bwlch. The return walk along the Glaslyn gorge is uneven and exposed in a couple of places.

Beddgelert sits at the heart of Snowdonia where the Colwyn, Gwynant and Glaslyn valleys meet, arguably the most picturesque village in Snowdonia. The literal translation of Beddgelert is "The Grave of Gelert", the name of the medieval Prince of Wales Llewellyn The Great's faithful hound. The village is also the main stop for the mountain steam trains and has pubs, great coffee and world famous ice cream - what more could you want?

Our walk follows the river north past the Sygun copper mines to Llyn Dinas where we ascend Mynydd Sygun to Bwlch y Sygun (250m). Looking backwards you’ll have stunning views up Nant Gwynant with the Snowdon range to your left, the Carneddau and Moel Siabod in front and the Moelwyns and Cnicht to your right. Descending we’ll follow Cwm Bychan and the abandoned copper mines, the path follows a stream and waterfall back down to the valley. Our walk then follows the Glaslyn gorge back to Beddgelert via the grave of Gelert.

One of the prettiest walks in Snowdonia, you’ll enjoy great views and experience some of the industrial heritage of Snowdonia. Distance is about 10km with about 200m of climbing.


National trust description of the walk here.

The legend of Gelert here.

It has to be salted caramel or pistachio ice cream right? here

Arrive in style on the railway here.


Image credits: All photos provided by the walk leader and permission is granted to OutdoorLads for their use.

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Sygun copper mines
Ruined cottage
Cwm Bychan
Glaslyn gorge
Sygun copper mines
Ruined cottage
Cwm Bychan
Glaslyn gorge


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