Listen to episode nine of season four of the BBC Countryfile Magazine podcast from a hidden valley in the Welsh mountains of Snowdonia in Wales.

Discover the 6th-century saint Melangell who defied a Welsh prince and created a sanctuary for people and wildlife in stunning Cwm Pennant on the edge of Snowdonia. Julie Brominicks takes a pilgrimage across the hills to find the hidden valley – where she meets with the Guardian of the Shrine the Reverend Christine Browne.

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Julie also encounters a modern threat to the tranquility of this sacred place that parallels the ancient story of Melangell. Image of the Church of Melangell from Getty Images.

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For more on the Shrine of Melangell, visit st-melangell.org.uk

Authors

Fergus CollinsEditor, BBC Countryfile Magazine
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