3 Dog friendly walks in Snowdonia

Looking for some where to walk your dog? Maybe I can help! Whether you are looking for unspoilt beaches, mountain climbs, coastal paths or just a leisurely ramble, Snowdonia has it all… plus the views are free!

Beddgelert – A beautiful village in the heart of Snowdonia is a place of legend. A short walk from the village leads you to the resting place of “Gelert” – the faithful hound of the Welsh Prince Llewelyn the Great.

The legendary "Gelert"

The legendary “Gelert”

The story written on Gelert’s 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”.

At the end of your scamper, return to the village and pop into the Saracens Head for a drink or a bite to eat. By the way muddy boots and paws are welcome in the bar here.

Black Rock Sands – A huge sandy beach, so huge in fact that you can drive on it! The name comes from the headland rock dominating the beach to the West.

The sandy beach and caves of Black Rock Sands

The sandy beach and caves of Black Rock Sands

Here you can explore the beach, rock pools and low level caves. This is a location where a picnic is a must. Watch out there are doggy restrictions!

Enjoying sniffing and exploring Black Rock Sands

Enjoying sniffing and exploring Black Rock Sands

Snowdon – Walk up Wales highest mountain standing at 1085 metres above sea level. There are six main footpaths to choose from including: Pyg Track, Miner’s Track, Snowdon Ranger, Watkin Path, Llanberis Path and the Rhyd Dhu Path. The Snowdon Sherpa shuttles around the base of Snowdon connecting the paths, meaning you can go up one path and down another.  When you get to the top, have a well-deserved cuppa and snack at the Summit Visitor Centre – Hafod Eryin. The views are just pawsome!

Hafod Eryri - Snowdon Summit Visitor Centre

Hafod Eryri – Snowdon Summit Visitor Centre

Don’t fancy walking? No problem, your humans can get the Snowdon Mountain Railway from Llanberis. The Snowdon Mountain railway is just over four miles long from Llanberris to the summit and is the only rack and pinion railway in the United Kingdom.

The Snowdon Mountain Railway

The Snowdon Mountain Railway

Stay in Llanberris with UKbreakaways at The Royal Victoria Hotel – dogs can be accommodated by prior arrangement.

*Waggy tail*

Ruby X

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