The Witches of Llanndona on the Anglesey Coastal Path

November 11, 2022 0 Comments

If you walk the Anglesey Coastal Path you will no doubt hear about the amazing myth of the Llanndona witches.

Llanndona is a small town on the east coast of Anglesey, set in an Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty.

There have been many legends over the centuries about this mysterious island, but the myth of the Llanndona witches certainly captures the imagination.

Throughout the centuries, people have believed in the amazing power of witches to negatively influence society. So, for example, if a crop failed or farm animals invariably died, the community would blame the witches.

Surprisingly, it was not until 1736 that Parliament repealed the specific act, which until then had allowed witches to be hanged for such questionable transgressions.

Not surprisingly, with legends and tales there is more than one version of events, and the witches of Llanndona are no exception.

The first account tells how during a stormy night, a Spanish ship ran aground on the sandy beach of Llanddona. Despite attempts to hold the ship together, eventually the power of the waves caused the ship to break apart.

In the chaos, the crew struggled to disembark in the foamy seas, but unfortunately most of them drowned in their efforts to reach land safely.

By dawn, the survivors had reached the top of the cliff, and when they looked towards the beach, they realized that they would never be able to get out, seeing the wrecked ship below.

So they decided to make the best of a bad situation and made this piece of land their own. The local people of Llanndona were certainly not happy that a group of castaway survivors decided to camp outside of town.

The myth suggests that the survivors were short in stature, had red hair and were believed to be from Spain. Despite several attempts by the local population to remove the survivors, they eventually relented and allowed their new guests to stay.

Legend suggests that the survivors had used various circus and magic tricks to confuse the locals.
The villagers of Llanndona began to believe the rumor that the survivors were witches, because they kept to themselves.

One of the survivors, a short woman named Sian Bwt or Short Betty, had two thumbs on her left hand. Apparently these were sure signs that the individual was a witch.

The second story tells how a fisherman walking along the coast one day observed an open boat carrying soaked and disheveled women who had been washed up on Llandona beach by the strong tide.

The women looked very sick, and it was no wonder they had been out at sea without food or water for so long. Apparently one of the witches hit the beach with her staff. And surprisingly a spring of clear water emerged.

After building a shelter of wood and stones, the witches began begging for food and cursing anyone who refused. When they visited the local markets, they did not pay for any products and, on one occasion, they turned into hares so they would not get caught.

Over the years, the witches continued to terrorize the people of Llanndona. There was an incident, when the witches were smuggling certain goods to the island. They arrived at the beach at night and then began to carry the merchandise in barrels to the town.

The Llanndona witches were so confident that they even ignored the Customs officers. When challenged, they released hundreds of black flies that flew around and bit villagers and officials.

And so the myth continues. Descendants of the witches are believed by many to still live in Llandona to this day. So if you come to this island make a special effort to visit the Anglesey Coastal Path around Llanddona.

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