Funny how your memory works isn’t it! It’s so hard to remember those hot and dry days of the summer when the garden turned brown, the ponds dried up but everyone seemed to be happy and enjoying the warmth on their backs. Lately, the water butts are overflowing, the wellies are outside the back door, the plants are face down in the borders and it’s raining again! Not to worry though, the Walking Well group is ready for anything! Philip had other plans for the day so Lewis stepped in not so much to ‘boldly go where no man has gone before’ …because we had been to Llyn Lech Owain …but to take us on a very logical walk around the paths. Being Lewis we set off not at ‘warp speed’ but definitely at a swifter pace than usual.
Driving to Llyn Lech Owen we had passed numerous cars near Llangadog parked on verges and even on the middle of a roundabout as the day before we had all suffered from very heavy down pours of rain . This meant flooded impassable roads hence the abandoned cars! At least the heavy rain had stopped when we set off on our walk although it was a bit dark and gloomy!
Funnily enough in my art group we are starting our new calendar for 2020 and the subject is local Myths and Legends! There’s a myth about this lake :
‘There was once a magic well on the mountain Mynydd Mawr, which lies just north of Gorslas.The entrance to this well was protected with a huge flagstone, which was watched over by a local farmer.One day, a thirsty young man named Owain came by the well with his horse. Both parched, Owain removed the stone so he and his steed could drink the water within. The pair fell asleep shortly after without covering the well back up. Masses of flowing water then flooded the land, which was only stopped after Owain galloped around it on horseback, using his magic to contain the perimeter.
The resultant lake on Mynydd Mawr was hence named Llyn Llech Owain (the lake of Owain’s stone slab).
Some versions of this tale assume that this Owain is Owain Llawgoch, others associate it with the perhaps better-known Owain Glyndwr.’ copied from Wales Online.
I think we needed a bit magic to clear the water as some of the paths were rather damp!
We passed a number of dogs taking their owners for their walks.
and saw some straight paths and lots of bendy trees.
The conditions were just right for fungi of different sizes and shapes.
We found this stone…thank you Jade!
The stream flowing through the woods was the highest I’d seen it and thankfully the bridges kept our feet dry above the sodden land.
The walk ended as all lovely walks do in a cafe with the best coffee and cake! The cakes were served with cream, strawberries and raspberries…a pure treat…totally delicious! I was reliably informed by a fellow walker that we had walked 9000 steps so I didn’t feel too guilty in enjoying the cake! Thanks Lewis.
Back home when the sun shines there are autumn colours beginning to show amongst the tale enders of summer.
Rufus definitely knows it’s autumn and has taken up his favoured place for the next six months!