Five myths and legends from North Wales

Wales is a country steeped in history, and is also home to its fair share of myths and legends. We have taken a look at some of the lore linked to North Wales, including ghostly goings-on and mythical beings. Excalibur being handed to King Arthur near our static caravans for sale, TowynExcalibur King Arthur is often linked with being from Wales, and the lakes of Llydaw, Dinas and Ogwen have all been claimed to contain the magical Excalibur, the sword used by King Arthur. There is even a rock near Betws y Coed in Conwy that contains a hoof print said to be belong to Llamrai, the noble steed of King Arthur. The legend says that the print was made when Arthur and his horse dragged a monster from the deep waters of the lake to rid the area of its evil. The Spirit of Angelystor The inhabitants of the small village of Llangernyw – near our static caravans for sale, Towyn – say their local church is haunted by the spirit of Angelystor. Located in the grounds of the church is the oldest living tree in Wales, which is believed to have begun growing in the Bronze Age. Each year on Halloween and on the 31st July, Angelystor is said to appear beneath the tree and announces in Welsh (rather grimly we may add) the name of the parish members who will die shortly afterwards. Prince Madoc Prince Madoc was the son of Owain Gwynedd, known as Owain the Great and is said to be the first to have the title of Prince of Wales. In 1170, Owain died and a rather violent debate broke out amongst his 13 children over who would succeed him on the throne. Upset over the dispute with their siblings, Princes Madoc and Rhirid decided to leave their homeland and sailed westwards from Rhos on Sea. The legend states they found America over 300 years before Christopher Columbus in 1170, married into a Native American tribe and taught them to speak Welsh. These “Welsh Indians” were said to be discovered in 1608, which helped to fuel the legend even further! Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch Arguably one of the most famous place names in Wales (bonus points if you can pronounce it correctly!) it is said that a joker from the 19th century is responsible for naming the village. It was named in such a manner in the hope of attracting travellers to come and visit the location. The name of the village actually translates into the follow: St Mary’s church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the rapid whirlpool of Llantysilio of the red cave. The Coblynau The Coblynau are mythical creatures who are said to have a similar appearance to gnomes, and linger in the quarries and mines of Wales. Standing a mere 18-inches tall, they dress in a similar way to the traditional miners and are said to knock on areas which contained large amounts of metal or minerals, helping to guide miners to the richest areas of the mines.

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