Saturday, June 5, 2010


1/2 term we visited the beautiful village of Beddgelert. There is a very sad tale surrounding this tranquil village. This village is one of the most beautiful villages in Snowdonia.

"Beddgelert ! Gelert`s bed and grave, Replete with nature`s Charms;
Great guardian mountains stand around,
And hold it in their arms"

The Legend Of Gelert
In the 13the century Llewelyn Prince of North Wales had a palace at Beddgelert. One day he went out hunting leaving the faithful `Gelert`who was unaccountably absent.
On return, the truant standing smeared with blood joyfully sprang to greet his master.
The prince alarmed hastened to find his son, and saw the infant`s cot empty, the bedclothes and floor covered in blood.
The frantic father plunged his sword into the hound`s side thinking it had killed his heir.
he dog`s dying yell was answered by a child`s cry, Llewelyn searched and discovered his boy unharmed, but nearby the body of a great wolf which Gelert had slain.
Llewelyn is said never to have smiled again, he buried Gelert with honour here at Beddgelert.
Beddgelert means Gelert`s Grave in English.

We visited Gelerts grave and the statue. This village and surrounding countryside is extremely pretty. Well worth a visit, it also has a fantastic Ice Cream Shop. Hope you enjoy the photographs.
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