If you go down to the woods of Scolton Manor this half term, you’re sure of several big surprises, and perhaps a familiar face or two.
Scolton Manor is putting the finishing touches to their Welsh Myths and Legends sculpture trail. The woodland trail features 7 sculptures, each carved from a single piece of wood, depicting both local and national myths and legends.
Intrepid trail explorers begin their journey at The Sword in the Stone, before making their way along the trail to meet some iconic figures of Welsh folklore.
Expect to encounter famed highwayman Twm Siôn Cati, see the faithful hound Gelert grapple with the mighty wolf and watch the Welsh Dragon in its symbolic struggle with its English counterpart, all while searching for the fabled Holy Grail.
Visitors can set their own course around the trail through the various entrances to the woodland, with signposts to guide their route and bilingual panels telling the fascinating tale behind each sculpture.
Local heroine Jemima Nicholas, famed for her part in repelling the last invasion of the British mainland in 1797, who is immortalised capturing one of the dozen French soldiers she captured during the invasion is a recent addition and can be found at the edge of the woods keeping watch for more marauding Frenchmen.
2017 is of course Wales’ Year of Legends, and Scolton Manor will be marking this special year with some exciting additions to the already popular trail.
Don’t forget to share and tag your photo’s of the legends on their Facebook page; Scolton Manor would love to see them.
And keep checking Scolton Manor’s website for news of their new sculptures.
Enjoy the trail!