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The Pererindod Melangell Walk traces a route between the Vyrnwy and Tanat Valleys, trodden in centuries past by pilgrims, quarrymen and drovers. It starts just over the road from the Pont Llogel car park in the Dyfnant Forestand finishes at Llangynog. It is a challenging walk with long climbs linking the valley floors with huge tracts of open moorland. It is 15 miles/24 kilometres each way and is managed by Powys County Council.

It is 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. 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.

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  • Free Parking

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  • Length of route (miles) - 15

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Road Directions

Take the A458 from Welshpool to Dolgellau road and turn on to the B4395 at Llangadfan to Lake Vyrnwy. After about three miles you reach the hamlet of Pont Llogel. Just over the bridge on the right hand side you will find the Pont Llogel car park.

Pererindod Melangell Walk

Type:Walking Route

Llyn Efyrnwy | Lake Vyrnwy, Llanwddyn, Powys, SY10 0LY

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