A Guide to Dogs in Snowdonia

Snowdonia is right on the doorstep of our Wales holiday homes for sale, making it the perfect location for a day out with the family and the dog. The area is great for walks, whether it’s hiking a mountain or a gentle stroll through the wood, your four-legged friend will be in their element! Read on for more about our guide to dogs in Snowdonia.

couple going for a walk in Snowdonia

Gelert’s Grave Walk, Beddgelert

Beddgelert is in the heart of Snowdonia and has walks suited for all abilities. One of the best follows the footsteps of a favourite legendary dog, Gelert.  There are several points of interest on the walk, including a 13th-century church, Caeau Bryn Eglwys, an array of wetland meadow plants and the most famous landmark of Beddgelert, ‘Gelert’s Grave’. According to legend, a stone monument in the field is the final resting place of Gelert, the faithful dog of the Welsh prince Llewelyn the Great! It is said the prince killed the dog thinking he had killed his infant son, but Gelert had really saved the child from a wolf.

Beddgelert Woods to Llyn Cwm Bychan

This walk starts at Nantmor village, and takes you through beautiful woodland, alongside a stream before reaching Llyn Cwm Bychan. The route is a gentle uphill and not steep making it good for children and dogs. When you have reached a good height, be sure to look back and admire the views toward Porthmadog. Find a secluded spot on the route for a picnic lunch! The trail also passes by relics from a copper mine that closed in 1929.

Cwm Idwal Walk, Glyderau

Cwm Idwal is Wales’ oldest National Nature Reserve, offering incredible views of the Glyderau mountain range. In the summer there are cattle grazing along the route, so be sure to keep your dog on a lead. The walk can be challenging for beginners and takes around three hours. The starting point for the walk is the Ogwen Cottage Ranger Base, and the route takes you past the clear waters of Llyn Idwal. The area is famous for its interesting rock formations – great for kids to scramble around on!

Llyn Elsi Trail

Llyn Elsi is a stunning mountain lake near Betws-y-Coed in the heart of Snowdonia National Park. The trail is well maintained and broad, making it ideal for families and dogs, though gravel parts make is unsuitable for pushchairs. Start at the Royal Oak hotel and follow the trail around the lake, it is around 4km long, and there are areas where you can let the dog off the lead for a runabout, though be wary of others on the path.

Aber Falls

A popular walk in the area, in the northern end of Snowdonia National Park, Aber Falls is an easy walk, making it doable with dogs and small children in tow. There are lots to see on the way including Iron Age remains dating over 2000 years. In the spring, the meadows and woods are blooming, and birds can easily be seen. The highlight is, of course, the waterfall at the end, one of the most beautiful in Wales. The village of Abergwyngregyn is north of the waterfall and a good place to stop before heading on the walk.

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