Walking Route:Pererindod Melangell Walk at Llyn Efyrnwy | Lake Vyrnwyadd to shortlist

Lake Vyrnwy

Lake Vyrnwy

Lake Vyrnwy

Walking Route

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A spectacular 15 mile linear walk passing by Lake Vyrnwy, and leading to Britain's oldest Romanesque shrine at the ancient church of Pennant Melangell. It is a challenging walk that traces a route between the Vyrnwy and Tanat Valleys, trodden for centuries by pilgrims, quarrymen and drovers.

The name of the walk 'Pererindod MelangeIl' roughly translates from the Welsh for 'Melangell's Pilgrimage'. The legend of Melangell derives from two seventeenth century transcripts of a lost medieval Life of the Saints. One day a prince named Brochwel was hunting at a place called Pennant.

His hounds raised a hare that took refuge in a thicket. On pursuit, the prince found a virgin praying, with the hare hiding under the folds of her garment. The hounds were urged on but fled, howling; their huntsman raised his horn to his lips and was unable to remove it. The virgin informed the prince that she dwelt at this place, and that she had fled here for refuge.

So impressed was the prince by Melangell's godliness that he granted the valley to her and here she founded a religious community. St Melangell’s Church is located near Llangynog in the Tanat valley.

Miles: 15

Baby changing facilitiesDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups


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Location and nearby places


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Map reference: SJ 016191  Lat: 52.76101 Long: -3.45876


From Llanfyllin, take the B4393 to Llanwddyn. Continue along the B4393 to Llanwddyn by taking a right turn. At the dam, turn left, then left at the end of the dam. The RSPB visitor centre is on the right.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 20 miles from Welshpool station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
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