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Plas Tan y Bwlch

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A taste of some of Snowdonia's supernatural stories...

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. As the sun sets, some say that the shadow of a person can be seen standing near the remains, which then slowly fades away…

The mysterious Penllyn horseman

Sometime during the 1880’s the Rev. John Jones was travelling on horseback through Penllyn when he noticed a suspicious looking man ahead with a sickle in his hand, watching him. Fearing the worst he muttered a prayer to himself, and as he did so a horseman in dark clothing riding a white steed appeared and walked alongside him until the sickle-holding man disappeared. The Reverend thanked the stranger, and after replying  ‘Amen’ he disappeared…

The blue flame of Harlech

An account from 1694 tells us about the phenomenon of a peculiar blue flame. Over the course 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. By the end the flame ceased to burn, but started to poison the grass that in turn killed many farm animals…

The Soldiers of 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 through 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 lead to a secret stash of gold…

Anne Holborn

Did you hear about Anne Holborn from Trawsfynydd? She had fallen in love with a local young man, but the young man’s family didn’t approve of their courtship. Attempts to separate the couple failed, so the young man’s family saw that she was 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…