The most enchanting places in the UK and their legends

Pistyll Rhaeadre Waterfall, Wales

by Juliette Amadis Wednesday 26 February 2014

Pistyll Rhaeadre Waterfall
© Ian Griffiths,, (CC BY 2.0)

The spectacular Pistyll Rhaeadre waterfalls are an impressive sight with a total drop of 80 metres high. The river passes through a hole in the rock on its way down. Mosses, ferns and lichens all grow in profusion and the surrounding banks are covered in lush green vegetation, contributing to the magical nature of the place. The waterfall is considered one of the seven Wonders of Wales.

Among all the mythology and legends around the waterfall, there is a story about two giants. The story refers to a giant and giantess who were sheltering in the Berwyn Mountains and they made a plan to build a house for themselves below the waterfall. Both carried a big stone in their aprons which were to be the foundation stones. One night they began work and threw down their stones but as they did so the cock crowed and they were forced to leave.

Other legends refer to this as the Druid's Bowl, telling of the love between the giant and the giantess and how they are now held within the two rocks, their faces clearly showing within the contours.

Undoubtedly, the fairies live here in the dappled shadows of the trees and beneath the moss-green banks and stones. Their bridge on a sunny day glistens on their shining wings and, if you listen carefully, they can be heard singing in tune with the falling water.

Pistyll Rhaeadre Waterfall, Ian Griffiths,, (CC BY 2.0)

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