Travels to Beddgelert (Wales)
Now I’ll be honest, I’ve never been the biggest fan of Wales and before anyone grabs a pitchfork and fire let me explain. I’ve got nothing against the place or the people, but prior to this I had been to Wales twice – first time I got snowed in a cabin in a mountain so cold and alone (not so much fun) and then I got flooded while camping and had to evacuate at 2am (also not so fun). So as you can imagine when it was suggested we go to Wales again, I wasn’t jumping with joy.
Our location this time was different, while we were close Mount Snowden I was promised there would be no snow or large rivers nearby. Our destination came to be Beddgelert, located in the Snowdonia area of Gwynedd.
Having arrived, we immediately fell in love with our cottage! It was a lovely, little cottage with log fire and a private garden that backed into the woods. We were just outside the village so was more quiet but still close enough to walk in each morning to grab bits and bobs.
Before we arrived however, we called in Caernarfon Castle I had found it online and absolutely wanted to have a look, It’s an 13th century castle that surprisingly unlike other castles in the UK. It over looks over the River Seiont and recommend viewing as you can walk around majority of the castle and even climb one of the spires and see across Wales (weather wasn’t great that day).
Beddgelert itself is a small village with a local shop, 4 pubs and a couple of chip shops and restaurants. What makes Beddgelert so beautiful is the views, in the background the mountains overlook the village and on a summers morning the sun drops over the mountains giving you a breath taking view.
We spent a couple of days wandering around the village and then decided to follow the path out of town as you can’t walk on the main road being too small and unsafe, but we weren’t complaining as the walk out is beautiful. You start crossing fields and then head along a path adjacent to a river flowing out of town, it wasn’t too difficult and it wasn’t too far so when taking 5, we decided to head up the hill and follow it over and back into town…
That wasn’t a brilliant plan as we didn’t realise the hill was more like a mountain and before we knew it we were high up and 2 hours in with no sign of the end. While it was lovely views we weren’t prepared for this having took very little with us but eventually we made it to the end and found a way down. Overall it’s a lovely walk but knowing what was going to come we would’ve prepared ourselves better but anyone who’s good at walking would love it!
That’s me bottom left blocking the fantastic shot!
The other days we were there, we visited the nearby towns including some of the local tourist attractions, all were reasonably priced and good fun. We found the area to have a mixture of fun and culture giving you a little bit of everything, we saw an old castle manor, a model village a town that had lovely river flowing through similar to Beddgelert where you could easily walk over the rocks and take some cracking photographs.
So after my third attempt of visiting Wales, I have finally had a weather free time and loved it. Beddgelert is a beautiful village with lots of towns around it to visit and with a mixture of history and fun attractions to see you won’t get bored.