UK days out with myths and legends

Good article from The Guardian. We need to bring ourselves back to our old stories and connect them with our land …

Magic mountain – Cadair Idris, Snowdonia, Gwynedd (OS Explorer OL23)

View of Cader Idris, North Wales, 1878, by Sidney Richard Percy
View of Cader Idris, North Wales, 1878, by Sidney Richard Percy

The joy of the 893-metre Cadair Idris is that it looks like a proper mountain but is actually a fairly easy walk, guaranteed to make everyone feel tough and strong without too much effort. That’s if you do the Pony Path, at least, which begins at the Ty-Nant car park on the north side of the mountain. The Minffordd and Fox’s paths are a little more demanding, especially the latter.

Legend associates the peak with Arthur, although it could also be a Welsh prince by that name who fought an Irish army here in the seventh century. Either way it is a place of deep magic, prone to visitations by infernal hunting dogs that snaffle you off to the underworld. From the summit there are great views on a good day, and a basic stone bothy with benches for a night’s sleep. Legend says that you will wake as either a poet or a madman.

via UK days out with myths and legends | Travel | The Guardian.

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