History Society visit to Ty Isaf – Monday 22 January

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The Beddgelert History Society will be visiting Ty Isaf on Monday, 22 January.

Ty Isaf has a fascinating history from the 1580s which we will hear about in English from leader Margaret Dunn.

You will be able to study many original features in this restored Elizabethan Snowdonia-plan house.

With special thanks to the National Trust for allowing this visit.




Monday 22 January 2018


Park in Beddgelert and meet outside Ty Isaf in the centre of the village.


Pen-y-Gwryd Patrol

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On 9 November 1952, The Sphere published the following picture of an AA (Automobile Association) Patrol at the junction of the A498 and A4086 at Pen-y-Gwryd close to the Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel.

An image of the junction taken in 2011 by Google Streetview is shown for comparison.



Motor Bus Services

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Crosville Bus SLL631 registration OCA631P at Beddgelert 24 May 1978. Photograph courtesy and copyright of David Jones.

Motor Bus Services 1973

Messrs. Whiteway Services, of 6 Castle Square, Caernarvon, operate a service from Caernarvon to Llyn Cwellyn, Rhyd ddu, the Beddgelert camp site and Beddgelert village. Certain buses go on to Portmadoc, or to Nant Gwynant.

The Crosville Company runs a service from Portmadoc to Beddgelert village. Time-tables, No. 5 Area, from Crane Wharf, Chester.

There are no Sunday bus services at Beddgelert.

Extracted from Snowdonia Forest Park Guide 4th Edition, 2nd Impression, 1973


Talk: Discovering Old Welsh Houses in the historical setting

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Talk: Discovering Old Welsh Houses in the historical setting
By: Margaret Dunn 
When: Wednesday 16 January 2017 at 7.30pm
Where: Nant Gwynant Community Hall
Price: £2
Notes: An illustrated talk. Margaret will also be giving details of recent work.


Local Historian Margaret Dunn



Population changes

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The following graph illustrates how the population of Beddgelert has changed over the years.


The population figures are shown in the table below:

Year Males Females Total
1801 323 374 697
1811 356 391 747
1821 436 431 867
1831 546 525 1071
1841 728 669 1397
1851 639 614 1253
1881 672 658 1330
1891 597 620 1217
1901 606 624 1230
1911 580 633 1213
1921 491 564 1055
1931 438 475 913
1951 361 401 762
1961 441 367 808
2001 302 315 617
2011 212 243 455


The population changes will be investigated further.


2016: Beddgelert man wins 34th Snowdonia marathon

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As published by News North Wales, 31 October 2016

marathon 31.10.2016

Beddgelert man was roared on to victory as he took advantage of perfect weather conditions to win the 34th Snowdonia marathon.

Russell Bentley, who relocated to Beddgelert from Kent, recorded an impressive time of 2:35:05 seeing off nearest rival Daniel Jones on 2:36:48.

Bentley showed his supremacy in the early miles setting a steady pace on the climb to Pen Y Pass establishing a lead of 40 seconds. Despite pressure from Jones and third placed Rob Bridges in the middle stages, 35 year-old Bentley held his nerve to be the first to cross the finish line and collect the Snowdonia marathon Eryri trophy.

Mr Bentley said: “I am so pleased. But that was tough. It was the toughest race I have ever done! I’m delighted to win and I wasn’t aware that they were closing in on me at the finish. But hey, I’ve done it. It means so much for me to win this race, I live locally and my children are growing up in Wales, learning Welsh, so today I am very, very proud!”

Joanne Nelson was first place for the women clocking a time of 3:03:59 for Darwen Dashers RC.

Nelson showed her fluidity and strength at mile 24 as she stretched her lead to more than one minute as the finish on Llanberis High Street approached.

Racing to the win in a superb new course record of 3:03:59, Nelson was ecstatic as the realisation of her achievement became reality.

She said: “Wow! It’s an amazing feeling to know that I have won this race. After last year I thought I really wanted to come back to try and win it, and I have! Plus I have taken the course record too. It just feels so good. The race is just fantastic, the course, the weather today was brilliant too and the support all the way around is unbelievable.”

Race organiser Jayne Lloyd thanked all those involved as she looked forward to next year’s event.

She said: ““Every year the support gets better on the route, every year I am astounded by how much effort people put in to make it happen, and every year I think that we have the most awesome bunch of runners in the world taking part. Diolch o galon!”



2016: Campaign stepped up over village’s lorry nightmare

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Calls are being made for mandatory signs to be put in place to stop lorries from entering Beddgelert after one was reversed into a shop. For a number of years, residents and businesses have been plagued by large lorries which have been driving through the village and damaging the bridge and properties. Signs have been placed on the route to the village near Tremadog advising motorists not to follow sat-nav systems down unsuitable roads, but calls are now being made for these signs to be made mandatory after two more lorries become stuck in the village in the same week.

Colleen Marsden, who runs the National Trust’s Ty Isaf shop, says more needs to be done after a lorry reversed into the Grade II listed building last Thursday. She said:

“Lorries coming through the village and getting stuck on the bridge is still a problem for us here in Beddgelert. One lorry last week got stuck on the bridge and as it was struggling to turn around it reversed into the shop and took down our guttering. We know there are signs along the route, but they aren’t very effective. The lorries are still coming and causing damage, our house has been hit numerous times and the bridge suffered considerable damage a couple of days earlier because of another lorry.”

A Gwynedd Council spokesperson said:

“We continue to monitor the situation, and we would urge lorry drivers to heed the advice displayed on all traffic signage.”

Cambrian News, 15 September 2016



2016: Royal Goat Hotel sold

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Gelert legend hotel where Ingrid Bergman was a guest has been sold

The Royal Goat Hotel in Beddgelert has been sold for £875,000.

Royal Goat Hotel in Beddgelert
Royal Goat Hotel in Beddgelert

A famous Beddgelert hotel – where the legend of Prince Llywelyn and his faithful hound Gelert was sold to the world – has been bought. The Royal Goat Hotel – whose guests have included Ingrid Bergman – was originally built as the Beddgelert Hotel in 1802 by Thomas Jones, whose wife had inherited the Beddgelert estate. It was conceived to cater for the increasing numbers of tourists visiting Snowdon and was the birthplace of a marketing masterstroke by the first tenant manager David Pritchard. He promoted the story of Gelert, the loyal hound mistakenly slain by his master Prince Llywelyn and created a monument known as Gelert’s Grave in a nearby field in an attempt to further boost tourism.

It worked, as the legend became a talking point in Victorian homes and to this day thousands of people visit Gelert’s grave. The hotel became the Royal Goat in the 1870s to commemorate a visit by Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught. Other famous guests who have stayed at the hotel include Casablanca star Ingrid Bergman, while filming The Inn of the Sixth Happiness. Real estate advisors Colliers International completed the sale of the Royal Goat Hotel to Parkfield Snowdonia Ltd.

Acting on behalf of previous owners Ben and Vicky Doodson, who have sold the business to concentrate on a recently launched restaurant venture in Abersoch, Colliers secured the sale from an asking price of £875,000. The new owners are David and Michelle Cattrall, directors of Parkfield Snowdonia, who operate the recently refurbished Saracens Head pub restaurant with accommodation in Beddgelert, and plan to invest in the hotel. The hotel has 33 en suite bedrooms, two residents’ lounges, a public bar and two restaurants.

Neil Thomson, associate director, hotels agency at the Manchester office of Colliers International, believes it demonstrates a materially improved hotel landscape throughout North Wales during the past 12 months. Mr Thomson said: “We’re very pleased to announce this sale. This improved hotel landscape throughout the region has been, and continues to be, driven by a strengthening economy and the subsequent rise in hotel trading performances within popular destination locations such as the Snowdonia National Park. There is no indication there will be any slowdown in demand, and Colliers remains prominently and pro-actively involved in hotel transactions and advisory work throughout the area.”

The Gelert story, as written on the tombstone reads:

“In the 13th century Llewelyn, prince of North Wales, had a palace at Beddgelert. One day he went hunting without Gelert, ‘The Faithful Hound’, who was unaccountably absent. On Llewelyn’s return the truant, stained and smeared with blood, joyfully sprang to meet his master. The prince alarmed hastened to find his son, and saw the infant’s cot empty, the bedclothes and floor covered with blood. The frantic father plunged his sword into the hound’s side, thinking it had killed his heir. The dog’s dying yell was answered by a child’s cry. Llewelyn searched and discovered his boy unharmed, but nearby lay the body of a mighty wolf which Gelert had slain. The prince filled with remorse is said never to have smiled again. He buried Gelert here. The spot is called Beddgelert.”

Published by: The Daily Post, Monday 6 June 2016