At the foot of Snowdon


Cwellyn Arms is situated in the small village of Rhyd Ddu on the A4085 between Beddgelert and Caernarfon, at the foot of Mt. Snowdon within the Snowdonia National Park.

Rhyd Ddu overlooks the sparkling clear waters of Llyn y Gadair, Llyn Cwellyn and the majestic western slopes of Mt. Snowdon, with two main footpaths, the Rhyd Ddu path and the Snowdon Ranger path starting from the village. There are also several woodland and forest walks within easy reach see ‘local walks’.

The village boasts magnificent uninterrupted views towards Mt. Snowdon and is situated right at the start of the Nantlle Ridge and Mynydd Mawr, popular havens for the hillwalkers of Snowdonia.

The Sherpa bus service runs around Mount Snowdon and there is also a new taxi service operating on demand between the car parks of Rhyd Ddu and the nearby village of Talysarn for walking the Nantlle Ridge to enable you to leave only one car at start/finish of route.

We have quality beaches within easy reach and are rich in history with four local Heritage sites in the area i.e. Caernarfon, Conwy, Criccieth and Dolwyddelan.

The Italianette village of Portmeirion is nearby, (as in ‘The Prisoner’), built by Sir Clough Williams – Ellis in 1925.

Our location is ideal for fishingas We sell fishing permits and flies and hire out rods and boats through Seiont Gwyrfai and Llyfni Fishing Society which was formed as far back as 1908. They are situated in the heart of Snowdonia with extensive rights located within the boundaries of the National Park , on 40 miles or so of prime Salmon, Seatrout, Brown Trout rivers and six lakes which can be enjoyed in unrivalled surroundings, see ‘fishing’ for more details.

We are favourably placed for bird-watching all year round. The watercourses within a short vicinity are all part of a Special Area for (Nature ) Conservation! See ‘bird watching’ for more details

The Welsh Highland Railway ‘enables you to journey behind the most powerful 2’ gauge steam locomotives in the world through the most fabulous scenery of the Snowdonia National Park. The railway runs from alongside the awe-inspiring Caernarfon Castle, snaking around seemingly impossible bends, up hard gradients and around the foothills of Snowdon to arrive at Rhyd Ddu, about 12 miles from Caernarfon and high up in the Snowdonian mountains. One of the ‘great little trains of Wales’


There are several trails for mountain bikes and cycles and you can now take your bike on The Welsh Highland Railway train. If, however, you do not wish to bring your bike there are several places to hire bikes for the whole family.

Cwellyn Arms is the perfect place to complement your visit to this area of outstanding natural beauty. We are an ideal base for exploring the whole of Snowdonia and North Wales see our accommodation pages for more details.

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From Walking in Snowdonia by Carl Rogers – “Snowdonia is one of Britain’s most rugged and beautiful mountain area – fourteen peaks exceed 3,000 feet, whilst Snowdon itself (Yr Wyddfa) can lay claim to being the highest and grandest mountain in Britain south of the Scottish Highland.”

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Cwellyn Arms, Rhyd Ddu, At the foot of Snowdon, Gwynedd, LL54 6TL.

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