Aberglaslyn, Bryn Du and Beddgelert walk

Walking trail

This circular route allows you to walk through ancient woodland, marvel at mountain views, visit Gelert's grave at Beddgelert and enjoy the spectacular Aberglaslyn gorge.

A group of walkers stop near the Aberglaslyn river, Gwynedd

Map

Circular walking trail for Bryn Du, Beddgelert and Aberglaslyn Pass, Gwynedd

Start:

National Trust car park, Nantmor, grid ref: SH597462

1

Go through the gate in the car park and turn left for Aberglaslyn.

2

On reaching the river, go left through the kissing gate, then over the road bridge. Turn left on the road.

Aberglaslyn Pass in Beddgelert, Snowdonia

3

Round the bend you will see a National Trust sign for Coed Aberglaslyn and a footpath to the right. Follow the path to the stream, then turn right up the steps. Follow the waymarkers up through the woods.

4

Cross the stile onto Bryn Du. There is a detour to see the small tower on top of the hill.

5

Follow the path down, through the gate to the ruined building with the fallen tree. Over the stile, turn left along the top of the field and follow the path down to the railway line.

6

Cross over the railway line and the road, through the gate opposite and follow the track to a small wooden gate on the left.

7

Go through th gate and take the left fork to Gelert's grave and sculpture.

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Gelert grave, Beddgelert

8

Continue on the path to Beddgelert, then turn right and cross the bridge, then right again to follow the river downstream. Once you reach the road turn left up into the woods and back to the car park.

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Bridge at Beddgelert, Snowdonia

End:

National Trust car park, Nantmor, grid ref: SH597462

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Aberglaslyn, Bryn Du and Beddgelert walk

Terrain

The path starts steeply, but don't let this put you off., it gets easier and is well worth the effort. 

A short section of the walk also takes in the main road. 

Aberglaslyn, Bryn Du and Beddgelert walk

How to get here

Address
National Trust car park, Nantmor, grid ref: SH597462
By train

By train: Nearest train stations at Penrhundeudraeth 4.5 miles (7.2km), Porthmadog 5 miles (8km) and Rhyd Ddu 6 miles (9.5km)

By road

By car: Post code is LL55 4YH but please note that sat nav will not take you direct to the car park, but onto a B road 0.6 miles away at Nantmor village. 

From Beddgelert:Follow the A498 towards Porthmadog. After approximately 1 mile (1.6km) turn left over the River Glaslyn onto the A4085 signposted Penrhyndeudraeth. After about 0.2 miles turn left up into the car park.  

From Penrhyndeudraeth: Follow the A4085 signposted Beddgelert for approximately 6 miles (9.5km). After Nantmor village turn right into the car park. 

From Porthmadog: Follow A487 towards Caernarfon for approximately 6 miles (9.5km). Turn right over the Glaslyn River onto A4085 signposted Penrhyndeudraeth. After about 0.2 miles turn left up into the car park. 

Aberglaslyn, Bryn Du and Beddgelert walk

Facilities and access

  • Car parking - National Trust car park at Aberglaslyn in Nantmor.
  • Toilets - in car park at Nantmor.
  • Dogs are welcome in Snowdonia in general, but please keep them under control, especially around livestock