Darren Valley near Llangynwyd
Photo: David Lewis CCL
hilltop village in the Llynfi Valley,
Llangynwyd has an imposing tall-towered church
and an ancient thatched inn - Yr Hen Dy (The
Old House) - reputed to be the oldest in South
It was the birthplace of the poet and bard Will Hopcyn whose ill-fated love of local girl, Ann Thomas, is said to be the basis of the old Welsh legend ‘The Maid of Cefn Ydfa’. The pair are buried in the local churchyard. A cross stands as a memorial to Will. On New Year’s Eve villagers still conduct the ancient Mari Llwyd (Grey Mare) custom, which includes men and boys carrying flaming wooden brands, knocking on doors and requesting hospitality.