I was leafing through my collection of walking photo’s and came across this one. I remember taking the shot 3 years ago and how I was affected by the place. Walking up from The Llangorse Activity Centre at Gilfach Farm, I remember seeing was appeared to be a stone bothy and a menhir or large standing stone set in the side of Mynydd Llangorse. The “bothy” is actually known as The Shepherds Cottage and the standing stone is actually a memorial and grave of Kevin John Thomas.
Kevin was an instructor who worked at the activity centre and lost his life in 1998 trying to save a teenager who had gotten into trouble in a nearby river. He was 35. The cottage was restored in 2000 as part of the Millenium Project and is also a local tribute to Kevin. The little meadow in which his grave, the stone and the cottage stand is a understated gem of a place. The views over towards Llangorse Lake and Pen-y-Fan beyond are beautiful. If I was to pick a resting place, I would be hard pressed to describe or want a better one. The place seems to have a life of its own and is one of the most tranquil spots I have found in a long time. If you ever get the chance and are in the vacinity, take a moment to visit this magical little spot and reflect….
Very good post. Very cool how passionate you are about this particular photo. It is crazy how something that seems so insignificant can shape the way you/everyone views the world.
just a really poignant feel to the place. I must go back during the summer and then perhaps the winter to get different aspects to the same place