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Submitted by AngieLake on Thursday, 19 August 2021  Page Views: 32085

Date UncertainSite Name: Bedd Gelert Alternative Name: The Grave of Gelert, The Tomb of Gelert
Country: Wales County: Gwynedd Type: Marker Stone
Nearest Town: Beddgelert
Map Ref: SH591479
Latitude: 53.009813N  Longitude: 4.10152W
Condition:
5Perfect
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
2 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
4 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
4 Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data
4

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Bedd Gelert
Bedd Gelert submitted by Antonine : Visited Summer 2021 (Vote or comment on this photo)
Angie Lake writes: This 'grave' of a legendary dog is worth a visit if you are in this area of Wales. Though I can't find proof that it is ancient, it certainly looks so. There is a modern statue of the dog Gelert who supposedly saved a prince's baby son - although the story is a tall tale dreamt up in the 19th century. There's a notch in the hills to the south, which would be handy to align the tall slender stone with, if Bedd Gelert was proved to be an ancient site.

"The tomb, or what is said to be the tomb, of Gelert stands in a beautiful meadow just below the precipitous side of Cerrig Llan: it consists of a slab lying on its side, and two upright stones. It is shaded by a weeping willow, and is surrounded by a hexagonal paling."

"It is thought that the place name actually refers to Celert, a sixth century saint from the area. The 'Legend of the dog' was 'known to most people' by the time George Borrow visited Beddgelert in 1854 as part of the journey through the country he published in 1862 as Wild Wales.

More of the legend of how it got its name. (archive link)



A nice pair of modern slate portals now flank the gateway on the pathway to the Bedd. Whatever your feelings about the site, it is situated in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains, and a place that is probably easier to visit out of season, with fewer tourists.
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Bedd Gelert
Bedd Gelert submitted by Antonine : Visited Summer 2021 (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Bedd Gelert submitted by Antonine (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Bedd Gelert submitted by AngieLake : Looking from the old half-restored barn where the modern sculpture of Gelert the dog stands, towards his 'Bedd', and the village or town of Beddgelert beyond. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Bedd Gelert submitted by AngieLake : There's a notch in the hills to the south, which would be handy to align the tall slender stone with, if Bedd Gelert was proved to be an ancient site. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Bedd Gelert submitted by AngieLake : Bedd Gelert at Beddgelert. October 09.

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Bedd Gelert submitted by Antonine : 2021

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Bedd Gelert submitted by AngieLake : The legendary dog, waiting to surprise the visitor to the old barn beyond the Bedd!

Bedd Gelert
Bedd Gelert submitted by AngieLake : A nice pair of modern slate portals now flank the gateway on the pathway to the Bedd.

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Bedd Gelert submitted by AngieLake : Looking back towards the town or village of Beddgelert, from the 'grave'.

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Bedd Gelert submitted by AngieLake : Another view of the stones at Bedd Gelert.

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Bedd Gelert submitted by AngieLake : The plaques by the stones that explain the legend.

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Re: Bedd Gelert glitch in dates of submitting story by AngieLake on Thursday, 19 August 2021
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It's nice to see the item on the news page but it is misleading to see that I've 'submitted it on 19th August 2021', when I haven't. It would be good to keep the date when the site page was set up (I think it was me?), because of the 30,618 current page views, which makes Meg P sound awfully busy (grins). Also, though my pics here are from 2009, I've been to the village since, but haven't been to Wales at all for the past three years now.
Wouldn't miss a visit to Beddgelert, it's so scenic there.
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    Re: Bedd Gelert glitch in dates of submitting story by Andy B on Friday, 20 August 2021
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    Hello Angie, unfortunately each page only has one date which we have to reset to the current date to make it most recent on the front page. Sorry about that.
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