Radnor Forest

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Radnor Forest (Welsh: Fforest Faesyfed) is a rock dome in Mid Wales, and a forest only in the mediaeval sense of an unenclosed area used for hunting.[1] The highest point is Rhos Fawr or Great Rhos, a broad featureless plateau which reaches 660 metres (2,165 ft), and a similar plateau adjoining to the east, Black Mixen is the only Nuttall to have a communications mast (a radio transmitter) on its summit.[2]

According to a legend, the local people built four churches in a circle around the Radnor Forest in order to contain the last dragon in Wales, who lay sleeping in the area. The churches, at Llanfihangel Cefnllys, Llanfihangel Rhydithon (Dolau), Llanfihangel Nant Melan and Llanfihangel Cascob, were all dedicated to St Michael (Welsh: Mihangel) victor over the dragon. Some people believed that the dragon would awaken if any of the four churches were destroyed.[3]

Radnor Forest from the south
Postal delivery in Radnor Forest


  1. ^ "Radnor Forest, Mid Wales". Retrieved 2007-04-22. 
  2. ^ "Pumlumon". Retrieved 2007-04-22. 
  3. ^ "St Michael and the Dragon of Radnor Forest". Church in Wales, Diocese of Swansea and Brecon. 

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Coordinates: 52°16′N 3°10′W / 52.27°N 3.17°W / 52.27; -3.17