So we requested recommendations for nice walks and dog friendly places. We were recommended both the Royal Goat and the Saracens Head in Beddgelert by Mrs Blackburn. We did this walk last year and therefore predates Bert living with us. There are multiple walks in Beddgelert. The one we chose was a 2 mile moderate walk starting at Craflwyn Hall car park (LL55 4NG). If you wanted a child and pram friendly walk the recommended one is Gelerts grave walk. It was easy to find just following signs to Beddgelert Craflwyn Hall is a National Trust building so was well signposted. Our walk was marked as dog friendly although there was a point where we had to lift Pedro over a stile which he wasn’t very impressed by. He was off the lead for the whole walk and there was lots to explore. I suspect there were sheep roaming as we saw droppings but didn’t see any sheep. The terrain was slippy and muddy in parts. At the car park there was a map giving the various walks and we picked the green walk which was very well signed and ended up as a circular walk. We met a lady in the car park with her retrievers who warned us that her dogs had been covered in ticks over 40 of them – Pedro is up to date with his bravecto so we were ok but is certainly something to bear in mind. Pedro would only give the walk 3 paws as he doesn’t like being picked up to go over a stile!
For lunch we visited the Saracen’s Head and as the sign said Pedro was very welcome. We had the pick of where to sit.There was an open fire but we chose to sit in the window. Before we even ordered the bar man came over to find out what his name was and gave Pedro two gravy bones.
Later when he was setting the table he remembered Pedro’s name and spoke to him. The food was delicious and there was a good vegetarian choice including a sunday lunch option. Knowing what the requirements are for the staff the menu didn’t have any vegan or gluten free options marked on the menu. We both tried some of the local ales the Beddgelert and the Golden Dragon which were very nice and again there was a good choice.
We would give it a 4½ paws out of 5
How to get there
From Betws y Coed, take the A5 towards Capel Curig. At Capel Curig, turn left into the A4086 (signed Beddgelert) continue on this road. At the Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel the road bears left into the A498, continue on this road down into Nant Gwynant. This road will also take you to Beddgelert. from Blaenau Ffestiniog follow the signs to Penrhyndeudraeth. At Penrhyndeudraeth, turn right into the A4085 (signed Beddgelert). At the T junction, turn right on to A498. This road will take you to Beddgelert. Craflwyn and Hafod y Llan are approximately 1-2 miles outside Beddgelert and Aberglasyn approx 3 miles frorm Beddgelert. From Caernarfon Take the A4085 towards Beddgelert.