8 miles from Porthmadog
Beddgelert © Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales
This mountain village is situated beside the River's Glaslyn and Colwyn in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park in the midst of Snowdonia's magnificent walking country.
The name Beddgelert, meaning Gelert's grave, is famed for the legend of Gelert the dog that was left by Prince Llywelyn to guard his child. The poor dog covered in blood was killed by his master before he realised that the heroic hound had in fact saved the child from the wolf. Visit the site of Gelert's grave and Llywelyn's cottage.
Beddgelert over the years has won a number of National accolades for its admirable environmental programme to enhance the village - Wales in Bloom. Britain in Bloom and in 1997 won the Gold Award for villages in the ENTENTE FLORALE, the prestigious Europe in Bloom competition.
Right:- Sygun Copper Mine
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The village is also linked with the Rupert the Bear stories, as Alfred Bestall wrote and illustrated some of the stories whilst he lived in Beddgelert.
You can experience the copper mining industry by visiting Sygun Copper Mine, an 18th/19th century mining workings with its winding tunnels containing Stalactites and Stalagmites and colourful caverns. Take an underground tour and learn the geology of Snowdonia and how copper ore was extracted.
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