Beddgelert sits in the heart of Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri (Snowdonia National Park), with so much to offer. Mountains and valleys, rivers and lakes. Discover the area’s rich history in local castles and museums. Take a steam train to the coast, or explore towns and villages nearby. Find adventure, with an entire National Park at your feet.
With the forests, rivers and mountains of the Snowdonia National Park on your doorstep, this is the perfect place for a walking holiday. Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) is the highest mountain in Wales and England, standing at 1,085m above sea level. It’s an incredibly popular climb, attracting around 350,000 hikers every year. You can start with a gentle riverside walk to Gelert’s Grave and work your way up to the summit of Snowdon. Other highlights include the walk from your cabin up to Llyn Llywelyn – suitable for shorter family walks – or the more daring Aberglaslyn Pass.
From gentle woodland paths to challenging climbs through the mountain landscape, Snowdonia has something for cyclists of every age and skill level. Take the Lon Gwyrfai Path and enjoy the views, or head out to the coast and follow the Sustrans route from Bangor to Barmouth. For mountain bike enthusiasts, Antur Styniog has no fewer than seven spectacular trails up in the mountains at Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Looking for a bite to eat in between your Snowdonia activities? The Saracen’s Head and Prince Llewelyn are two welcoming spots in the heart of Beddgelert village – a family-friendly pub and restaurant which also welcomes dogs. With riverside dining in the summer and cosy log fires in the winter, it ticks every box. Another popular eatery in the village is Hebog Café and Bistro, which serves delicious home cooking. Highly recommended by our General Manager Richard, Glaslyn Ices for award winning freshly-made ice cream and Caffi Colwyn, a riverside tea garden at Beddgelert village. Further afield, drive to Portmeirion for the brassiere restaurant at Castell Deudraeth.
Beddgelert is just a few miles from the north-west coast of Wales. For a day on the beach, visit Morfa Bychan, next to Porthmadog, and explore Black Rock Sands – a wide blue flag beach with facilities. Just over half an hour’s drive away is Harlech Beach, which has flat sands backed by rolling dunes. Criccieth Beach is another stunning location, overlooked by a castle; a lovely spot to soak up the sun in summer or take a blustery walk in the winter.
Visiting the delightful seaside and mountain villages in and around Eryri (Snowdonia) could fill a holiday. Just up the road from our cabins, you’ll find the picturesque village of Beddgelert, which is the starting point for many walking trails. Portmeirion is also a must-see, designed in 1925 by architect Clough Williams-Ellis. Other picturesque towns and villages include Llanberis at the foot of Mount Snowdon and Betws-y-Coed. Blaenau Ffestiniog is the place to visit if you want a better understanding of the local slate mining history.
Splash and crash your way through some action-packed watersports in Snowdonia. The National White Water Rafting Centre in Bala offers white water rafting and kayaking, where you can battle against the Welsh mountain river rapids, or enjoy a thrilling canyoning adventure. Surf Snowdonia is the world’s first inland surf lagoon, with fun, safe and surfable waves rolling in all day long. A little further afield, just over the Menai Bridge on Anglesey, you’ll find the boat tour company Ribride, which offers great ways to see the coast from another perspective. Local shops stock waterproofs and any other sporty gear you might need for the excursion.
Eryri (Snowdonia) is home to the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways. We have our very own forest halt where you can catch a steam train and step back in time, on one of the top 25 railway journeys in the world. This is one of the most unique things to do in Snowdonia. Take a day trip to Caernarfon, winding your way through the forest, past the foot of Snowdon and on to the shadows of Caernarfon’s medieval castle. Or venture to Porthmadog, through the Aberglaslyn Pass, which was voted by National Trust members as the most beautiful place in Britain! Children under 16 years go free with every full-paying adult, and dogs and bikes are welcome.
Whatever the weather, there's so much fun to be had in Wales and a variety of things to do in Snowdonia. Our cabins at Beddgelert provide the perfect base for your exploration.
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