Gelert’s Trail, the path running alongside the river, leading to Gelert’ Graves
According to legend, this stone monument, situated in a field alongside the River Glaslyn, marks the resting place of Gelert, the faithful dog of the mediaeval Welsh prince, Llewelyn the Great. The 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”.
“Happiness, not in another place, but in this place…
not for another hour, but for this hour.”
What a beautiful place is Llyn Brenig. Situated in the unspoilt countryside of the Denbigh Moors, on the border between the counties of Conwy and Denbighshire, it is one of the largest lakes in Wales.
There are nature trails, archaeological trails, picnic areas, water sports, a visitor centre, an exhibition telling the story of Llyn Brenig and its archaeological history, and a restaurant with good food and great views from the terrace.
LLYN BRENIG VISITOR CENTRE Llyn Brenig, Cerrigydrudion, Conwy, Wales, LL21 9TT