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Gwynedd Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana


Location: Pantywenol - Private residence (gutted by fire in 2017)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1860s
Further Comments: The ghost at this house was said to cut people's clothing. The daughter of the owner was accused of faking the haunting to try to drive her mother out of the house.


Location: Pengwern Arms public house - Llan Ffestiniog
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2014
Further Comments: This community run pub is reputedly the home of a ghost named Martha, who has been blamed for creating cold spots, disembodied footsteps, and spooky knocks.

An Image from An Essay Towards a Natural History of Serpents.

Tricked Dragon

Location: Penmynydd - General area
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Paid by a nobleman to rid the area of a dragon, a local lad dug a deep pit and at the bottom he placed a brass mirror. The creature fell into the hole and, believing it had met a rival, fought its own reflection before falling exhausted. This enabled the boy to decapitate the monster with no further problems.

Arthur's Horse

Location: Pennal - Carn March Arthur (close to Afon Dyffryn Gwyn)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: A rock along this river is said to feature hoof prints where King Arthur's horse landed after leaping across the (now drained and removed) estuary.


Location: Penrhyndeudraeth - Royal Oak public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2012
Further Comments: Visitors reportedly heard paperwork being shuffled, occasional screams, and encountered the spirit of a young girl during a ghost hunt at the public house.

Singing Fairies

Location: Pentraeth - Mynydd Llwydiarth
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Heard singing on the mountain and from the nearby lake, these fairies were very rarely seen.

Man in the Road

Location: Pentreuchaf - Road in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Both young and smart in appearance, this male walks along the middle of the road, causing oncoming traffic to stop before he vanishes into thin air.


Location: Porthmadog - Coliseum Cinema (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-2016
Further Comments: When the cinema was operational it was said to be haunted by 'Billy', a stage manager who worked at the site during the 1930s. A strange presence would be sensed by staff, while footfalls and other sounds heard in empty areas. A strange face was also reported as appearing in the projection booth.

After Hours Figure

Location: Portmeirion - Seconds Pottery Shop
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A figure has been spotted in the shop after it has been locked up for the night.

Thirsty Squire

Location: Pwllheli - Plas-yu-Rhiw Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1892?
Further Comments: Once home to an alcoholic, it is said that his steps can sometimes be heard echoing through the house while he looks for another drink.

Black Shape

Location: Red Wharf Bay - Bay
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: February 1975
Further Comments: Staff at the Minydon hotel watched a ten meter long black shape swim by, both the front part of the creature and the end of the tail protruding from the water. Several other sightings of strange sea creatures were reported in the area throughout the year.

An Old Lloyd

Location: Rhiwaedog - House belonging to the Lloyd family (may no longer stand)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: early nineteenth century
Further Comments: Two occupants searched their property at night, trying to discover why their pet cats would be found frightened in the morning. During the search, the duo stumbled upon the ghostly form of a former owner who had died a couple of centuries previous. The occupants took their cats and moved away.

An old postcard of Llyn Cwellyn in Wales.

Entrance to Fairyland

Location: Rhyd-ddu - Llyn Cwellyn
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: There was once a way into fairyland here - one man who took it disappeared for seven years! Another story says one man waited by the hill and grabbed the first fairy who emerged, forcing the entity to marry him. A nearby lake contains a floating island, from which fairy music can be heard.

Dancing Fairies

Location: Snowdon - Llyn Du'r Arddu
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This small lake on the north side of Snowdon is home to fairies and goblins who dance around the shoreline.


Location: Snowdon - Llyn Glaslyn
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1930s
Further Comments: Witness Oliver Vaughan spotted the pale head of strange animal in Llyn Glaslyn, which was thought to be an Afanc, a lake monster from Welsh mythology.

An old painting showing Mount Snowdon in shadow during a summer's day.


Location: Snowdon - Mountain Summit
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The summit of Mount Snowdon is rumoured to be the burial place of a giant banished by King Arthur.

Brenin Llwyd, or Grey King.

Brenin Llwyd

Location: Snowdonia - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The Brenin Llwyd, or Grey King, could be classed as a hairy man entity. It has scared dogs and is weary of any kind of light.

An old postcard showing Llyn Llydaw in Snowdonia.

King Arthur Sleeping

Location: Snowdonia - Llyn Llydaw
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A shepherd claimed to have found King Arthur and his knights asleep in a secret cave here - the Welshman ran away when he accidentally brushed against a bell, and those asleep began to wake.

Hungry Worm

Location: Snowdonia - Llyn-y-Gadair
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Eighteenth Century
Further Comments: A group of men swimming across this lake were attacked by a large worm-like monster. One of the people was grabbed and consumed by the beast.

Poetry or Madness

Location: Snowdonia - Maen du'r Arddu
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One legend says that anyone sleeping here will awake either a poet or mad.

AN old postcard showing Sychnant Pass in Snowdonia.

Coloured Stones

Location: Snowdonia - Smaller circle of stones close to the Druid Stones, Sychnant Pass
Type: Legend
Date / Time: May no longer be standing
Further Comments: The three coloured stones which once stood here - red, white, and blue - were said to be three women who worked on the Sabbath. Petrified for the sin, the stones retained the colours of the clothing they wore.


Location: Soar, Anglesey - Bryncoch House, and nearby road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early January 1915
Further Comments: A soldier walking alone along a darkened road heard a voice calling out for him to visit Bryncoch house. The soldier did as asked, but upon arriving, neither he nor the occupant could deduce why he had been summoned. It was reported that several strange events were occurring on the site around the same time, including rapping and a faint voice heard emerging from a cupboard.


Location: Trawsfynydd - Road through the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 30 December 1979
Further Comments: A phantom coach pulled by ghostly horses was spotted as it passed through the village.

Modern Man

Location: Tregarth - Terraced house along Godre'r Parc
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1974
Further Comments: The family here moved out after their six children were scared by a six foot fall ghost wearing contemporary clothing. A local priest held an exorcism which failed to banish the entity.

Galloping Horsemen

Location: Tremadog - Bypass close to the Tremadog roundabout
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 20 July 2012, around 17:00h
Further Comments: A group of four or six horsemen wearing brown leather were seen charging across this bypass.

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