the western side of the Cambrian range, south of Snowdon, stands
the mountain of Cader Idris, watching over the pass at Corris.
Over the years many a friend and foe has passed north or south
through Corris, friends in defence of this land, foe's in an attempt
ancient medieval times Wales was, as England and Scotland, covered
in trees. Not the firs one sees today, but with forests of giant
Oak and Ash. Such a place, was the Great Forest of Brycheiniog,
which contained wild animals among which were boar and wolf. Sadly
today both the animals and the great majority of the forest have
gone, but should you so wish to see the area which it once covered
it can still be viewed: for there are copies of old maps to be
As to the old forest itself, it was a dangerous place as many
a courier from the castle of Carreg Cennin found out. For they
often had to relay a message to the castle at Brecon, that is
during the times when Carreg Cennin was in English hands of course.
Many of the secluded valleys of Wales were also dangerous places
through which to travel, for they contained Alder trees which
intertwined with each other right down to the river's edge; this
resulted in ample opportunity for the chain mailed Norman to catch
you with one of his many roving patrols.
it was, that many of the olden ways ran across mountain tops or
along high valley ridges. A typical way such as this still exists
today, almost a thousand years later. One can, if one so wished,
still travel in places the old Roman gold road which ran west
from the Roman fort near the town of Brecon in Powys to Llandovery
in Dyfed. In doing so it passed north of Sennybridge in Powys
before crossing the river Usk. Then once across the river it followed
the high ground above the river Gwydderig and the village of Trecastle.
If you should travel this way, keep your eyes sharp for many thousands
of tons of the bright ore have been hauled this way: well one
never knows does one.
my country is part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, this
however has not always been the case, in the days of which I tell
my country was divided into kingdoms governed by a Prince: with
each Prince fighting for supremacy so that he could be called
Prince of Wales, then when he had become so; fighting to defeat
the invaders of this land.
It was the river valleys which provided for the invader a way
into my land, while the rivers Mawdach, Dyfi, Teifi and Tywi flow
westward to their destiny with the sea, it was those that flow
east, the Dee, Severn, Wye and the Usk that they chose to follow.
First it was the Roman, then hundreds of years later, after his
victory over England, it was the Norman who was to enter this