Cadair Idris, meaning ‘the Chair of Idris’, is said to be the armchair that the giant, Idris, sat on to gaze at the heavens. There are numerous legends about Cadair Idris, some based in Welsh folklore and others with links to Arthurian legends. One legend has it that the mountain is haunted and anyone who spends the night alone on the top become a madman or poet. This tradition of sleeping alone on the summit of the mountain stems from bardic tradition where bards would sleep on the mountain in the hope of finding inspiration. The lake below the summit, Llyn Cau, is said to the prison of a water dragon, dragged there by King Arthur himself after the dragon had terrorised a local community.
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