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It won’t take you long to realise, especially after a night in one of our wonderful pubs, that here in Mid Wales we like to tell stories. The taller the better.

 

Some of them are scary, some heart-warming, some impossibly romantic. Some go all the way back into the mists of our Celtic past and help remind us who we are. Some may even be true. You’ll have to make your own mind up about that. We’re pretty convinced that the legendary bard Taliesin was born in Llanfair Caereinion, that the holy well of Llanfyllin had magical healing properties and that they really did dunk witches at Pwll-y-Wrach nature reserve.

 

The last dragon in Wales may well still be asleep in Radnor Forest, guarded by four churches all dedicated to St Michael. And the Robber Grave at Machynlleth church probably did lie bare for a century thanks to a curse by a wrongly-hanged man.

 

To be perfectly honest, we’re less sure that a water nymph called Sabrina lives in the River Severn. Or that the Bronze Age monolith of Maen Llia wanders off for a drink every time a cock crows.

 

But we’re right behind Gorsey the Afanc of Llangorse Lake. Part crocodile, part creature of nightmare. Our very own Loch Ness Monster, and every bit as real – honest.