Beddgelert is one of the finest bases to set up camp and experience the vast Snowdonia National Park. There’s a car park in the village the provides you with an easy access route for climbing Moel Hebog, which is the very fast walk you should take while here. From the top of the mountain, you can get a bird’s eye view of the village.
From Beddgelert, you have access to different walks through woodlands, reservoirs, hills, long-distance, canals, rivers and country parks.
The Beddgelert Walk
This is the walk we mentioned earlier. It goes up the river into Beddgelert, turns right up the hill, and overlooks the village. From the top of the hill, there are great views. You can also drop down into the adjacent valley to get back to the car park. As you follow the route, you can take in the stunning views of the river and the comfort of knowing that there are places nearby where you can grab something to eat.
Prince of Wales Quarry near Beddgelert Walk
You can cover all the features of the Prince of Wales Quarry in this circular walk. The walk is rated as moderate, with an estimated distance of about 9.06 miles. The entry of the walk is halfway the incline from the quarry. You then have to follow it down to the mill, to the end of Cwm Dwyfor through the valley. Be cautious because this part doesn’t have an official path. For the return, use the old tramway. When you get back to the mill, you have to climb over the long incline to the top.
This is not the most scenic route. But it’s perfect for history lovers, and the quarry is a sight to behold on its own.
Snowdon Rhyd Ddu Path
This is one of the six main routes to the summit of the highest mountains in Wales. Of the six, this is the quietest and most beautiful. However, you have to be prepared for some challenging sections.
The route starts at the car park in the village of Rhyd Ddu. It ascends to Pen ar Lon, Rhos Boeth and Llechog from where you work your way up the 1,085 metres summit. During the ascent, you get to enjoy magnificent views of Llyn y Gadair and Llyn Cwellyn lakes.
You can also catch a glimpse of the summits of Moel Hebog, Moel yr Ogof, Moel Left, Mynydd Drws y Coed and Mynydd Mawr. With so much to see en route, it’s easy to see why this is considered the most scenic route to scaling Snowdonia.
Snowdon Watkin Path
Walkers and hikers chasing a challenge can use the Watkin Path to the Snowdon summit. It is one of the most challenging routes. It starts at the lowest elevation. Besides posing a challenge, the route is also quite attractive, steeped in woodland and waterfalls close to the start.
You can start your walk at the Nant Gwynant car park and head south to the Afon Glaslyn. Once you get to the start of the Watkin path, head north along the path. You will pass through woodland before hitting a waterside stretch then some lovely waterfalls before getting to the Gladstone Rock.
The rest of the path has great views over the Glaslyn Estuary and the Llyn Glaslyn lake below. The section from Bwlch y Saethau is the most challenging. It has a steep incline with loose stones. Shortly after, you’ll get to the summit, where you’re treated to breathtaking views towards Ireland, the Lake District and the Isle of Man.
Other notable walks in Beddgelert include the Nantlle Ridge, Dinas Emrys, Llyn Dinas and Cnicht. Each walk presents various challenges and rewards to walkers while flaunting the beautiful village of Beddgelert and its surrounding neighbours.