The Fairy Glen , Betws-y-Coed by Angie Latham

The Fairy Glen , Betws-y-Coed by 

My personal take on The Fairy Glen , a secluded gorge and beauty spot on the Conwy River near Betws-y-Coed, North Wales.

One of the most beautifull places I have visited, it has a very magical energy very simmilar to St. Nectan’s Glen in Cornwall. Places like this seem to come straight out of a fairytale or sceen from Lord of the Rings. It is easy to see why there is so much Folklore and legends attatched to them……….or can there really be smoke without fire?

“On mossy mound where toadstools grow,
They dance in moonlight, row on row,
To music from the purling brook
Where Conwy dreams in secret nook.

Strange moonlight whisperings thru the wood
Where ancient golden beech have stood
And drowsed, thru drifting times of yore,
Steeped deep in mystic myth and lore.

Their bark with lichen garlands hung,
’Neath cobweb skiens with dew-pearls strung,
While knurled and knotted roots surround
To shield, from man, the hallowed ground.

That mist-clad land of whims and spells,
Floating music and tinkling bells;
A door lies hid beyond night’s pale,
Wrapped in a glimm’ring, shifting veil.

But if that spell-bound caul you’ll pierce,
Then drink the mead from faerie tierce;
The shade will fall away, and lo,
Into the elven realm you’ll go!

Where pwca, sylph and woodland sprite
Trip light and skip in pure delight,
While imp and hob kick up their heels
And spin and whirl thru faerie reels.

A faerie woodwind’s eerie lilt,
From fife that’s hewn of wood and gilt,
With pulsing throb of faerie drums,
Through the glen at midnight comes."

Poetry by Leila Sen ©

Canon 400D + canon 24-105mm zoom
Lee 0.9 ND filter
1 sec @ f16
iso 200

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I am a Digital Artist and Photographer living in the heart of England. I am passionate about these Celtic Isles and capturing the magic and mystery of our wonderfull landscape.

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  • Christopher Cullen
    Christopher Cu...almost 3 years ago

    Such a beautiful shot – utterly magical looking place!

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawalmost 3 years ago

    Wow Angie this is something else! Brilliant work!

  • WalnutHill
    WalnutHillalmost 3 years ago



  • -Whisper-
    -Whisper-almost 3 years ago

    Indeed, what a perfect magical place!

  • Donna19
    Donna19almost 3 years ago

    Wow I feel like I can flit from rock to rock….where’s Peter! Lovely

  • Albert
    Albertalmost 3 years ago
  • Tammera
    Tammeraalmost 3 years ago


  • Diane Johnson-Mosley
    Diane Johnson-...almost 3 years ago

    So very beautiful!

  • debsphotos
    debsphotosalmost 3 years ago

    I so agree with you about the beauty and mystery these uniqe places have!!,,Gorgeous Angie!!*-)

  • Antonia  Valentine
    Antonia Valen...almost 3 years ago

    Fantastic image and delightful poem. Did not see this glen when I visited but thought Betws-y-Coed was a special place anyway!

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