THE LEGEND OF CADAIR IDRIS - SNOWOWDONIA
Idris Gawr is a mythological Welsh giant, poet and astronomer, said to be so large he could sit on the summit of Cadair Idris (Idris’ chair) to survey his kingdom and look up to the stars. The legend goes on to declare that if anyone should spend a night at the summit of Cadair Idris, he or she will awake as either a madman or a poet. We can neither confirm nor deny whether this is true today, but if you decide to spend a night on these slopes, beware of Cŵn Annwn, the hounds of the underworld, as this is their hunting ground and "the howling of these huge dogs foretells death to anyone who hears them”.
If you survive and make it to the summit (known as Penygadair, or 'top of the chair'), a small stone shelter can be found to the east of the cairn. This stone building, which could easily be overlooked, was once a Victorian refreshments hut, where rumour has it, one lone lady prepared hot drinks to passers-by.