Beddgelert, Snowdonia and the story of Gelert the faithful hound

Beddgelert, Snowdonia and the story of Gelert the faithful hound

One of the Top 10 things to do in Snowdonia is to visit the lovely little village of Beddgelert. The name Beddgelert is translated to “Gelert’s grave” as the grave of Gelert the hound lies within a short walk of the village and the sad story behind it gives the village it’s name. (Dog lovers turn away now!)

Wales has many medieval legends which add to the mystery and beauty of it’s stunning lansdscapes and countryside. Every mountain, lake and rock has a story or a legend entwined into it. The story of Gelert, according to the tombstone, goes as follows:

“In the 13th century Llewelyn, prince of North Wales, had a palace at Beddgelert. One day he went hunting without Gelert, “The Faithful Hound”, who was unaccountably absent. On Llewelyn’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 hound’s side, thinking it had killed his heir. The dog’s dying yell was answered by a child’s cry. Llewelyn searched and discovered his boy unharmed, but nearby 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.” 

Gelert’s grave, Beddgelert, Snowdonia

This story would fill any dog lover with sadness, but Gelert’s final resting place couldn’t be more beautiful! According to legend, his grave is situated under a sheltering tree, in a field marked with a tombstone, surrounded by mountains and flowing rivers. Upon your visit you can witness the beauty of the surroundings yourself and come across many families with dogs, who have come to pay their respects to the legend of faithful hound Gelert.

When spending time in Snowdonia, Beddgelert is definitely worth the stop. If you are planning for a weekend or a week in Wales, start planning your itinerary now and hope for sunny weathers! If you are looking for self catering in Snowdonia, look no further! Farchynys hall is a Victorian manor house, perfectly situated in by the Mawddach estuary in Snowdonia national park. It’s a superb location for you to explore the national park and is a short drive’s way from a quaint market-town of Dolgellau and a seaside town of Barmouth. Beddgelert is a short drive away as well, for you to get acquainted in Welsh legends.

Gelert’s grave, Beddgelert, Snowdonia

Farchynys hall is perfect for a family, a group of friends, couples and individuals as it has:

– 2 beautiful Double rooms
– 1 spacious Twin room
– comfortable living area complete with a full equipped kitchen 

Your hosts are a welcoming welsh couple, who would love to give you more tips on your trip in Snowdonia and its surroundings. Welcome to Wales!

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