Betws Garmon

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This article is about the place in Gwynedd. For other places called Betws or Bettws, see Bettws (disambiguation).
Betws Garmon
Welsh: Betws Garmon
Betws Garmon is located in Gwynedd
Betws Garmon
Betws Garmon
 Betws Garmon shown within Gwynedd
Population 216 
OS grid reference SH547564
Community Betws Garmon
Principal area Gwynedd
Ceremonial county Gwynedd
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LL54 7
Police North Wales
Fire North Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
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Coordinates: 53°04′48″N 4°09′47″W / 53.080°N 04.163°W / 53.080; -04.163

Betws Garmon is a community and small hamlet outside Waunfawr and near Beddgelert in Gwynedd, Wales. It has a population of 216.[1]

The summit of Snowdon lies within the community boundaries. Bryn Gloch has the newly reopened narrow gauge Welsh Highland Railway passing alongside it.

Over the road from Bryn Gloch there is a parish church. Along the mountain you can see extensive slate workings.

Betws Garmon also has a park near it. Near the station there is a road which leads to Rhosgadfan. Up that road there is a footpath that leads to Y Fron. A river that flows through the hamlet is called Afon Gwyrfai.

Site of Welsh Highland Railway station to be built at Betws Garmon, 1999

There is a folk tale concerning the family of Pellings, who lived at Betws Garmon until the 19th century. It was said that they were descended from a man and a fairy named Penelope. Penelope lived happily with her human husband until she was accidentally touched with a piece of iron, whereupon she disappeared forever.[2]


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Neighbourhood Statistics : Census 2001 : Gwynedd
  2. ^ Ash, Russell (1973). Folklore, Myths and Legends of Britain. Reader's Digest Association Limited. p. 382. ISBN 9780340165973. 

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