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Myths & Legends

 

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.

 

The Robbers Grave at Montgomery 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.

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Pennant Melangell

A story of love and bravery set in the Welsh mountains.

Woman in the Forest

Saint Dwynwen

A heart breaking tale of our own Welsh St Valentine

Image by averie woodard

Sabrina The Water Nymph

The tale of Sabrina the water nymph (possibly the inspiration for the teenage witch)

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Pistyll Rhaeadr

The magical waters of Pistyll Rhaeadr have stories to tell.

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Three Sisters

Three sisters set out on their unique journeys to the sea.

Image by Jairo Alzate

Maen Llia

Where were you

when the cock crowed and the rocks rolled.

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Dragon of Radnor Forest

Hear him roar,

The dragon of the Radnor forest has a tale to tell.

Graveyard Crow

Robbers Grave

A man wrongly accused?

Read his tale and decide.

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The Gorsey

Something hides beneath the still waters at Llangorse.

Sword

Llywelyn ap Gruffydd

Read about the tale of

Llywelyn ap Grufydd