On the January 25th each year, people all over Wales celebrate St Dwynwen’s Day, the Welsh patron saint of lovers. Her name translates to “she who leads a blessed life” and the fifth century saint still enjoys great popularity throughout Wales, especially in her home county of Anglesey.
The legend has it that Dwynwen was the daughter of Brychan Brycheiniog, the King of Brecon. She fell in love with a man named Maelon Dafodrill, but her father had already arranged for her to marry someone else.
Dwynwen was distraught and prayed to God for help in forgetting Maelon. An angel visited her in her sleep and gave her a potion to erase her feelings for Maelon and turn him into a block of ice.
With each of her dreams coming true, Dwynwen devoted her life to God; she set up a convent on the island of Llanddwyn, off the west coast of Anglesey near Newborough. The remains of the church can still be seen on the island, along with Dwynwen’s well.
God offered Dwynwen three wishes. Her first wish was that Maelon be thawed, the second that God should meet the needs of all lovers and the third that she should never marry.
The well has since become a place of pilgrimage for young Welsh lovers since Dwynwen’s death in the fifth century. The walk through the Corsican pines of Newborough Forest along the sandy shore to Llanddwyn is very attractive and rewarded by fine views of the mountains on the mainland and the interesting historical remains on the island.
Anglesey has a host of forest walks, coastal paths, colourful fishing villages, fascinating history and excellent cuisine to explore. If St Dwynwen’s anniversary has made you think of a romantic weekend in Anglesey then we have a range of cosy cottages for two that you can find on our website at www.coastalholidays.net , contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring us on 01248430190 and we will be glad to help.
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Llwyn Collen, Llanddona, Beaumaris (sleeps 2, from £170)
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The Chalet – Dinmor, Penmon (sleeps 4, from £195)