Wales Carmarthenshire

Llyn y Fan Fach and The Brecon Beacons

You’ll find the enchanting glacial lake of Llyn y Fan Fach at the western end of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The lake is associated with the 14th-century legend of the ‘Lady of the Lake’. In this tale, a young farmer marries a beautiful woman who has emerged from the lake, with a promise that he would not strike her 3 times. Having been struck by him 3 times (though never in anger), she duly returns to the lake. She returns briefly to instruct her sons, who go on to become doctors, known today as the ‘Physicians of Myddfai’.

Below the hills lies the picturesque market town of Llandovery. It’s home to a 5-metre high stainless-steel statue of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan. Known as the ‘Welsh Braveheart’, he was executed here by Henry IV as punishment for his support of Owain Glyndŵr.