Llyn Cwm Llwch
The Brecon Beacons has a few isolated lakes high up in the mountains, many of which have their own myth. In the shadow of Corn Du is the isolated beautifully preserved glacial lake Cwm Llwch.
On the walk up to Pen Y Fan from Storey Arms you can catch a glimpse of this lake. This lake forms part of the longer horseshoe walk you can take from Cwm Gwdi, that also includes passing Tommy’s Obelisk. This commerates the tragic story of 5 year old Tommy Jones. He lost his way walking back to his grandparents farm at Cwmllwch and sadly died on the mountain.
There is a fairy tale of an enchanted island invisible from the shore of the lake. A passageway leading from a rock to the island was said to be open on May Day each year. Those who had the courage to pass through the doorway would find themselves in a beautiful garden on the island inhabited by fairies.
The fairies would play enchanting music and tell stories of future events, and present visitors with flowers and fruit. Each guest was told nothing must be taken from the island.
One May Day a greedy visitor placed a flower he had been presented with in his pocket. So when he emerged from the rock the flower vanished and he lost all his senses. Since that day the door to the island has never opened.
Aberyscir Coach House – Brecon Beacons Guide