Visiting Snowdonia

Harlech Castle

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Halloween - Supernatural Snowdonia!

Snowdonia is steeped in myths and legends, but have you heard about these supernatural occurrences…?

The shadow at Castell y Bere

Castell y Bere near Tywyn is one of Llywelyn Fawr’s (Llywelyn the Great) castles. Not much of the castle still stands today, but the base of the walls and towers are still visible. It is said that sometimes, when the sun is setting, the shadow of a figure can be seen standing near the remains, which then slowly fades away…

The mysterious Penllyn horseman

Sometime in the 1880’s the Rev. John Jones was travelling on horseback through Penllyn when he realised that he was being watched by a suspicious looking man holding a sickle. Fearing the worst he muttered a prayer, and as he did so a horseman in dark clothing on a white steed appeared and started walking alongside him until the man went away. The Reverend thanked the stranger, and after replying  ‘Amen’ he disappeared…

Soldiers on the Roman Steps

On the foothills of Rhinog Fawr between Ardudwy and Ffestiniog a section of an old drovers’ road known as the Roman Steps runs between the pass of Bwlch y Tyddiad. Some say that sometimes a troupe of Roman soldiers with their mules can be seen trudging up the steps, and that anyone courageous enough to follow them would be taken to a secret stash of gold…

The blue flame of Harlech

An account from 1964 tells us about the phenomenon of a peculiar blue flame that plagued the people of Harlech for a period of several months. The blue flame would start Morfa Bychan, crossing the sea and saltmarsh to Harlech. The flame would ignite haystacks, and two hay barns burned to the ground. The flame appeared regularly over a period of several months – mainly on a Saturday or Sunday. After a while the flame ceased to burn, but then started to poison the grass that in turn killed many farm animals…

Anne Holborn

Did you hear about Anne Holborn from Trawsfynydd? She had fallen in love with a local young man, but his family didn’t approve of their courtship. Attempts to separate the couple failed, so the young man’s family arranged for her to be murdered. From that day on, the young man’s family experienced endless misfortune, and one by one their livestock died. For decades after, locals would report that they had spotted Anne riding here horse, but never frightening anyone…

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