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Lovely Little Village
Beddgelert (Snowdonia, Wales)
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Beddgelert (Snowdonia, Wales)
Advantages: Nice Scenery
Beddgelert is a small village situated in the heart of the Snowdonia national park. This is one of the most scenic little villages in Wales and is in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Beddgelert only has a population of around six hundred people but in the summer months the towns populations swells as people come to visit the area. Even though this is a tiny little place it still does have plenty to interest visitors and people have been coming here for years to enjoy the countryside.
When it comes to accommodation in the village there are not really that many options. There are a few small guest houses and a little hotel, but as this is only a small place they do not tend to cater for large amounts of people. However if you stay at one of the little hotels you will find the service very friendly and of a good standard. Many people who stay in the area choose to make use of camp sites. There are lots of camp sites in the area ranging from basic ones that are mainly for walkers, to larger ones with excellent facilities. All the camp sites in the area have one thing in common, they are set in stunning scenery. There is nothing better than waking up to a crisp mountain view!
Beddgelert is most famous for the legend of Gelert's Grave. Gelert was the dog of a Welsh Prince, or so the story goes. Gelert was always faithful and the young Prince loved his dog and always took him out hunting. One day however Gelert was not present with his master while he was out hunting, the Prince thought this strange. When he returned home to his house he went up to see his baby daughter. To his horror he found an empty cot with Gelert stood over the cot covered in blood. In a rage the Prince took out his gun and shot the dog. Then he heard crying. He discovered his baby was behind the bed and there was not a mark on her. However there was a wolf lying next to her, the wolf had been attacked and was now dead. Gelert had actually risked his life to save the little girl, and he had been shot for his trouble. The Prince was devastated and mourned the loss of his faithful dog, he took him outside and buried him under a tree. The Grave is still there today and people often walk down to have a look and read the story on the gravestone.
There are also some lovely little shops in this quaint village. They are mainly tourist shops that offer local souvenirs and things like that. Possibly the most interesting shop to look in is the craft shop down by the river, there are some amazing pieces of art work in here mainly made from wood. Some of the workmanship that has gone into these is stunning and it really is interesting looking around the shop. There is also a nice little art gallery next to the river, there are some lovely mountain pictures in there that are worth having a look at.
Beddgelert is a lovely place to visit and some of the surrounding scenery really is amazing. You will soon run out of things to do in the village, but the area as a whole is littered with attractions and stunning scenery. If you have never visited this part of the country then you really are missing out, Bedgelert really does deserve a visit.
Summary: A great place to visit
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