by Webmaster, 27th December 2021
Fall in love with Llanddwyn Island this St Dwynwen Day
The 25th January is St Dwynwen’s Day, otherwise known as Welsh Valentine’s Day, so why not spend a romantic few hours with your loved one where the legend began on the magical island of Llanddwyn.
The story has been told to generations of Welsh children over the centuries, so here is a taster:
“Dwynwen was the prettiest of King Brychan Brycheiniog's 24 daughters and she fell in love with a local boy called Maelon Dafodrill, but King Brychan had already arranged for her to marry another prince. Maelon took the news badly, so the distraught Dwynwen fled to the woods to weep, and begged God to help her. She was visited by an angel who gave her a sweet potion to help her forget Maelon, which happened to turn him into a block of ice. God then granted Dwynwen three wishes. Her first wish was that Maelon be thawed; her second wish was for God to help all true lovers; her third wish was that she would never marry. In gratitude, Dwynwen became a nun and set up a convent on Llanddwyn Island, a beautiful little spot on Anglesey. Her name means, 'she who leads a blessed life'.”
So as a romantic gesture, why not surprise your loved one with a walk and maybe a windswept picnic where Dwynwen lived most of her life. On the southwest corner of Anglesey, just beyond the village of Newborough, Llanddwyn is backed by dunes and a forest that's home to red squirrels and a huge roost of ravens (which mate for life, appropriately). Llanddwyn Island is actually a peninsula that's only very rarely cut off by the highest tides, meaning you can walk out onto the headland. Here you'll find two lighthouses and the picturesque ruins of St Dwynwen's Church. This is built on the site of the nunnery the patron saint founded in the 5th century, and she's said to be buried here. There are several wells and springs on the island, including Merddyn Cil (Merlin's Well) and Ffynnon Dafaden (whose waters are said to cure warts – which isn't very romantic, admittedly). Most importantly for lovers, there's Dwynwen's Well, which is said to be home to eels who can predict whether your relationship is going to be a success.
And if a beautiful island with magical eels isn't already the ideal recipe for romance, then remember St Dwynwen's most famous saying: 'Nothing wins hearts like cheerfulness'.
For more information visit: www.visitwales.com