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
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Footbridge at Betws Garmon
Betws Garmon is located in Gwynedd
Betws Garmon
Betws Garmon
Betws Garmon shown within Gwynedd
Population 249 (2011)
OS grid reference SH535575
  • Betws Garmon
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Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LL54
Dialling code 01286
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GwyneddCoordinates: 53°05′42″N 4°11′17″W / 53.095°N 4.188°W / 53.095; -4.188

Betws Garmon is a community and small hamlet outside Waunfawr and near Beddgelert in Gwynedd, Wales. It has a population of 249.[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]


Betws Garmon's population was 249, according to the 2011 census;[3] a 15.28% increase since the 216 people noted in 2001.[4]

The 2011 census showed 54.8% of the population could speak Welsh, a rise from 45.0% in 2001.[5]


  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. 
  3. ^ "Area: Betws Garmon (Parish)". Office for National Statistics. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Area: Betws Garmon (Parish)". Office for National Statistics. 18 November 2004. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "2011 Census results by Community". Welsh Language Commissioner. 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015. [permanent dead link]

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