Sygun Copper Mine to Gelerts Grave in Beddgelert

Sygun Copper Mine Mountain Walk

The start is the large pay and display car park in Beddgelert (sat nav LL55 4YJ). Exit the car park and turn left into the village centre. Just before reaching the bridge where the road crosses the river, turn right down the lane with the river on your immediate left. Go and cross the footbridge over the Glaslyn river. Bear left and follow the path alongside the river to reach a lane. Go straight over and continue alongside the river to reach another lane. Turn right and follow it past the campsite to reach the entrance to Sygun Copper Mine. This a great family walk through some spectacular scenery which requires little effort. It maybe muddy though.

Follow the mine access road to the bridge over the Glaslyn river where you turn right then continue without any further navigational problems to reach the shores of Llyn Dinas with its superb mountain backdrop. Fork right on a well maintained path. This climbs at a fairly easy gradient into the hills with an ever improving retrospective view over the lake.

Reaching a path junction at Bwlch-y-Sygun, turn left and start the descent to Nantmor. This descent goes through a natural rockery garden complete with a stream and plenty of wild flowers in season.

Having reached the railway track, cross over through the new gates and follow the path through woodland to Pont Aberglaslyn. There are a number of paths through this wood and the best advice is keep left. This will bring you to the bridge without too much problem.

Do not exit onto the road but take the path that descends right and follows the river with some sections of boardwalk. Generally speaking the path is fairly straightforward but children need careful supervision on the first section.

The first section (approximately 500 metres) of this path offers a spectacular view of the river and the Aberglaslyn gorge in which it flows. The path eventually becomes wider and leaves the river bank. When you reach a footbridge, cross the Glaslyn river and turn right and continue along the riverside into the village.

If you wish, you can make the short diversion to visit “Gelert’s Grave”, which is to your left in the grassy open space. According to legend, the stone monument in the fields, marks the resting place of “Gelert” the faithful hound of the medieval Welsh Prince Llywelyn the Great. From the monument continue on the wide path to return to the village.

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Beddgelert walk to Gelerts Grave
Beddgelert walk to Gelerts Grave

Published by Diving & Mountaineering Instructor

I am a passionate adventurer, loving being in the mountains walking, climbing, scrambling as much as I love being under the water exploring shipwrecks, mines and caverns, or in search of treasure in the depths. I am a Mountain Instructor (MIA), a Winter Mountain Leader, a Scuba Diving Instructor (BSAC, TDI, SDI, IANTD), a skipper for CAT3 waters up to 25mtr and as I’ve built this experience over time, I have written about it and published those works. In addition I am a Chartered Manager with CILT, a member of the institute of Engineering & Technology, a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. I help people fulfill their goals in the Mountains (Worldwide), Scuba Diving (Worldwide), provide location support worldwide for the media and assist with technical and safety support whenever requested. For a full picture of me please check out my linkedin profile -

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