According to legend, Beddgelert is the resting place of Gelert, the faithful hound of the medieval Welsh Prince, Llewelyn the Great. Sadly, the story is not actually true. Although Llywelyn was a real prince, born in 1173, the dog was a fanciful addition and a masterstroke of marketing by a shrewd businessman. It can lay claim to being something of a photographers honeypot though, being blessed with churches, bridges, cottages, mountains, and the pretty river Glaslyn. The terrace of copper miner’s cottages date from around 1850. The nearby Sygun copper mine closed in 1903.