Country diary: no sanctuary for hunted partridge at Melangell’s church

Country diary: no sanctuary for hunted partridge at Melangell’s church
 

Pennant Melangell lies two miles up the narrow road, hazel-hedged, thronged with coveys of now rare grey partridge (Perdix perdix) that hurry nervously in front of you and dart through fences into fields on either side. Steep, conifer-planted slopes crowd in. There is a sense that this must once have been a secret wilderness place – the kind to which story attaches, becoming thus places of pilgrimage.
The legend runs that Melangell fled to Wales to avoid a forced royal marriage in Ireland, and here under the hill barrier of the Berwyn found her place of prayer and retreat – until the day... read more

 
Saturday, 06:24 in World News, Views: 78
Source: Guardian
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