Charming little Beddgelert is a conservation village of rough stone buildings overlooking the trickling River Glaslyn with its ivy-covered bridge. Flowers festoon the village in spring and the surrounding hills are covered in a purple blaze of heather in summer, reminiscent of a Scottish glen. Scenes from Mark Robson's 1958 film, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, set in China and starring Ingrid Bergman, were shot here.
The name, meaning 'Gelert's Grave', is said to refer to a shaggy dog tale concerning 13th-century Llywelyn the Great, Prince of Gwynedd. Believing that his dog Gelert had savaged his baby son, Llywelyn slaughtered the dog, only to discover that Gelert had fought off the wolf that had attacked the baby. More likely, the name Beddgelert is derived from a 5th-century Irish preacher, Celert, who is believed to have founded a church here. Regardless, the 'grave' of Gelert the dog is a popular attraction, reached by a pretty riverside trail. It's believed to have been constructed by an unscrupulous 18th-century hotelier in an attempt to boost business.