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Activities Around Beddgelert
Beddgelert is the perfect base to enjoy all the riches that Snowdonia and North Wales have to offer.
This page is intended to give you a taste of the diversity of activities in the area.
Snowdonia is now recognised as the Adventure Capital of Europe, with so many world-famous adventure activities packed into the area, and all within easy reach of Beddgelert. From inland surfing at Surf Snowdonia; to the world's fastest zip line at Zip World Velocity; Bear Gryll's RIB ride on the Menai Straits; and Antur Stiniog (the UK's best downhill mountain bike tracks), Bounce Below and Zip World Caverns all within 30 to 40 minutes drive. Thrill seekers definitely do need apply!
Snowdonia is a magnet for walkers and mountaineers. There are 90 mountain peaks in the Snowdonia range and Snowdon itself is the highest point in England and Wales at 1,085m (3,560 feet).
There are 6 routes up Snowdon, several starting near to (within 2 to 3 miles) of Beddgelert; and of course there are many other fine mountain walks to be enjoyed! Wherever you walk you are guaranteed breath-taking scenery and diverse landscapes; from rugged mountain tops to crystal clear lakes and rivers.
Snowdonia offers varied terrain and walks to suit all tastes and abilities. Beddgelert is within easy driving distance of Anglesey where leisurely coastline walks and golden sandy beaches can be enjoyed; and there are plenty of less challenging low-level walks in the mountains and surrounding countryside.
A new path, Lôn Gwyrfai, starting in Beddgelert offers 4 1/2 miles of easy walking, cycling or horse riding on a wide even path with some steep sections.
If venturing into the mountains please remember to wear appropriate clothing and footwear and perhaps check out the Snowdonia NPA Mountain Safety Page.
Around Beddgelert village itself the Fisherman’s path is just one of several excellent low-level walks. And there is an accessible path starting in the village; Gelert’s Trail.
Snowdonia is a great place for cycling; both on road and mountain biking.
Within the village we have a bike hire shop hiring out modern mountain bikes and Beddgelert Forest is a great place for biking with many marked trails, ideally suited to families.
Road cyclists will enjoy a good number of routes around Snowdonia with some challenging mountain passes; and on roads that are generally a good less congested than other areas such as the Peak District and Lake District.
For adventurous downhill mountain bikers the recognised “best track in the UK” downhill track at Antur 'Stiniog in Blaenau Ffestiniog is around a 30 minute drive from Beddgelert.
Some of the very best climbing in Britain is to be found in the mountains of Snowdonia with climbing grades to suit climbers from beginner to expert.
The Llanberis Pass, the Ogwen Valley, Tremadoc, Clogwyn Ddu’r Arddu… climbing areas that are known the world over; and all are easily accessible from Beddgelert.
Canoeing & Water Sports
White water kayakers flock to the Glaslyn. When the water levels are correct it offers some exhilarating white water adventure.
For a less white knuckled ride, there are plenty of inland lakes where padding and dinghy sailing can be enjoyed. You can check any requirement for launching permits and so forth at the Tourist Information Centre in the village.
The River Glaslyn provides good opportunities for fishing for brown trout. The river is controlled by the Glaslyn Angling Association who can also advise on other fishing opportunities in the area.
Glan Morfa trout fishery just outside Porthmadog is a 5 acre lake is set in beautiful countryside and is kept well stocked with Rainbow Trout. Slightly further afield, but still easily accessible for a day trip, sea fishing is available at Dinas Dinlle and boats are available for hire in Caernarfon for sea fishing trips in Caernarfon Bay and the Menai Straits where good bass, mackerel and flat fish grounds are to be found.
Photography & Painting
Immerse yourself in our spectacular scenery; the area is understandably popular with photographers and artists due to the mixture of rolling hills, rugged peaks, picturesque valleys and crystal clear lakes and rivers. The area is spectacular year-round; spring flowers, summer days, autumnal colours and the frozen winter landscape.
Snowdonia is also an official Dark Skies Reserve. This is a prestigious award given by the International Dark Sky Association to select destinations that have proven that the quality of their night air is outstanding and that real efforts are being made to minimise light pollution. A perfect venue for star-gazing and astronomy.
Wildlife & Nature
The Snowdonia countryside abounds in flora and fauna. From the osprey project (link) to the incredibly rare Snowdon Lily (link) nature lovers will be at home here.
But you don’t have to be come to Beddgelert just to take part in a hectic schedule of activities! Snowdonia is a lovely place to relax and unwind, or to enjoy the attractions the area offers, or to experience Welsh culture and history.
For more information about attractions and culture please click here.