Myddfai is a special little village in the county of Carmarthenshire, South West Wales. Myddfai is located some 3 miles south of Llandovery on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is a perfect spot for walkers, nature lovers, and indeed those with an interest in magic.
Wales has many tales of myth and legend. But few towns or villages can compete with the wonder of Myddfai and the story of the Lady of the Lake. Myddfai is a special place with a remarkable heritage - where legend and history combine in a unique blend of magic and healing. A visit to Myddfai and Llyn y Fan Fach, the dark lake that sits below the brooding Black Mountain escarpment might convince all but the most sceptical of 21st Century visitors of the efficacy of ancient remedies.
Two lakes lie nearby, Llyn y Fan Fach and Llyn y Fan Fawr. The former is the setting of one of Wales's most famous legends.
One day a young farmer boy passed Llyn y Fan Fach, when he saw a beautiful girl in the lake. He fell in love with her immediately and persuaded her to come to shore and marry him. The girl consented, but on two conditions: the first, that he must never strike her more than three times and secondly, that he must never tell anyone of where she came from. The farmer agreed and she came to land and married him. The farmer prospered from the increase in his sheep and goats, and he and his wife went on to have five sons together. However, at times the farmer became angry towards her and hit her. The third time he struck his wife, she turned and walked back into the lake, with all the farm animals following after her.
The five sons were deeply saddened by this, but one day as they were all walking beside the lake, their mother appeared to them, and told them a cure for illnesses. They became known as the Physicians of Myddfai, and their descendants also went on to become doctors.
Today Myddfai is a strong community steeped in traditional Welsh values who seek to share their heritage and skills with a wider audience and future generations, and to embed Myddfai as a destination of interest linked to its location within the beautiful landscape of the Brecon Beacons.
The parish church of Myddfai is often at the centre of village life. St Michael's Church has probably been the site of Christian worship for a thousand years or more, although one of the first written references indicating the existence of a church in Myddfai is dated 1284. In the 12th and early 13th centuries, Myddfai was part of the Lordship of Llandovery and was, like much of the rest of this part of Wales, under Norman domination and it is likely that the actual building of the church was itself the result of Norman influence. The architectural style and construction of the church, as it is now, suggests that it was built in two stages: the first, the original nave and chapel, were probably completed in the 13th and 14th centuries. In the 15th century an aisle was added along the whole length of the church on the southern side, divided from the original by the five-bay arcade of massive arches which are a feature of the church as it is today.