In the heart of Eryri/Snowdonia National Park lies our beautiful village, Beddgelert.
Whether you love myths and legends and are keen to explore the tale of Gelert, an adventurer ready to take on the Welsh terrain, or a foodie looking to savour local cuisine (with a side of dog-friendly treats!), Beddgelert has something for everyone - on two legs and four!
Here's our guide to a dog-friendly Beddgelert.
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Dog-Friendly Walks 🐾🍃
Gelert’s Grave and River Glaslyn
Begin your dog-friendly journey by paying homage to the legendary Gelert at his grave. This short, accessible trail leads you to the emotional resting place and offers informational plaques. After paying your respects, take a leisurely stroll along the River Glaslyn, a tranquil, winding waterway where dogs love to sniff and explore.
Lôn Gwyrfai Trail
This medium-length trail, stretching from Rhyd Ddu to Beddgelert, offers you and your dog an exceptional opportunity to take in the Welsh countryside. Enjoy panoramic vistas and make a day of it! The trail is not too steep, making it manageable for dogs of all ages. Just keep an eye out for local livestock and keep your dog on a lead when necessary.
Aberglaslyn Pass & Cwm Bychan
For more seasoned canine adventurers and their humans, the Aberglaslyn Pass provides a bit more of a challenge. Traversing rocky terrain and offering stunning views of the river gorge below, this path is a feast for the senses. You might like to extend your hike up Cwm Bychan where you’ll see the remains of the aerial ropeway that used to carry copper ore down the valley. This trail is more suitable for agile dogs accustomed to hiking.
Dog-Friendly Eateries 🍽️🐾
Glaslyn Ice Cream Parlour and Pizzeria
We know that a day of adventuring can build up quite an appetite - for you and your pooch - which is why we welcome dogs in our parlour and pizzeria! We’ve recently launched a dog-friendly ice cream, so your dog can enjoy a treat while you’re tucking into yours!
Nestled in the heart of the village, this cafe is a must-visit for dog owners. With a picturesque outdoor seating area, it’s the perfect spot to soak in the village's charm while enjoying a cuppa. But what truly sets them apart is their special doggie menu. Our four-legged friend, Indi, gives a paws-up to their scrumptious sausages!
Prince Llewelyn Hotel
Named after the legendary prince who features in the tale of Gelert, this cosy inn doesn't disappoint. The hotel is very dog-friendly, with water bowls dotted around the place and free doggy treats at reception! There is even a dog menu available in the restaurant where your pet pooch can dine out on Roast Dinner or Fish and Chips, all washed down with a Paw Star Martini!
Find out more on their website.
Dog-Friendly Shops 🛒🛍️
Crib Goch Outdoor
Run by local friends Dylan and Peter, this store is the embodiment of Snowdonia's adventurous spirit. From world-class hiking gear to leisurely ‘rest day’ attire, they've got you and your canine companion covered. It's not just about equipment; it's about community. The team, a mix of local Welsh speakers and those enchanted by Wales's beauty, offer a wealth of knowledge. And when you visit, give Welsh a go with a friendly “Syt wyt ti?” – they'll love it!
A haven for art and craftsmanship, Beddgelert Woodcraft offers unique, handcrafted wooden creations, each telling a story of the rich culture and nature of Wales using Balinese craftmanship. From intricate carvings to practical household items, every piece is a testament to traditional Welsh woodcraft. It's the perfect place to pick up a keepsake or gift that carries the heart of Beddgelert within it.
Situated close to the calming rush of the river, Riverside Gifts is a treasure trove of delightful souvenirs, trinkets, and locally-made products. Whether you're looking for a quirky postcard, artisan jewellery, or a plush toy for your furry friend, this charming shop provides an array of options. As the name suggests, enjoy the serene river view as you explore this Beddgelert gem.
Dog-Friendly Accommodation 🏡🛌
Cil y Felin
Just a stone's throw from the scenic Aberglaslyn Pass, this charming cottage offers the best of both worlds: tranquil mountain views and the nostalgic sounds of the Welsh Highland Railway chugging by. When it's time to unwind, Cil y Felin provides a cosy sanctuary with a double-bed ensuite. Modern comforts such as gas central heating, a utility room with washer/dryer, and enclosed garden ensure a hassle-free stay, especially for your four-legged friends.
This unique 'upside down' retreat offers breathtaking views of its private gardens and the encompassing landscape. Accommodating up to 8 guests, Glasfryn boasts a blend of traditional and modern features: two lounge areas, one with a cosy wood burner; an updated kitchen that opens up to an expansive decked balcony; and the luxurious touch of a wood-fired hot tub set amidst 7 acres of private woodland. To enhance your stay, opt for the hot tub experience for a nominal fee, ensuring a freshly prepared and warm soak amidst nature!
Beddgelert Caravan & Camping Site
For those who prefer the rustic charm of the outdoors, this site is an excellent choice. Dogs are welcome (up to 4 per pitch, although there is an additional charge). The site is located in Beddgelert Forest and so there are some fantastic walks on the doorstep. And, the site has generously provided a dog wash station for you to hose down those muddy paws with warm water.
Find out more on their website.
So, grab the lead, pack some treats, and set the sat nav for Beddgelert. Your next dog-friendly adventure awaits!