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Coast & Country explores the legends of Wales

Pennard Castle on Gower Photo: ITV

2017 is the Year of Legends in Wales, and this week Coast & Country is visiting some of our most legendary locations and hearing some of our most fascinating historical tales.

Ruth is at Pennard Castle on Gower, which is thought to have been built in the 12th century.

It was only lived in briefly before being abandoned. It is the source of many a story and, according to legend, was destroyed in a sandstorm created by fairies.

Helen Nicholas and Ruth Wignall at Pennard Castle

Don't come the castle on a foggy or rainy night. If you sleep at the castle legend is that you will die, you'll go mad, or you could become a poet!

– Helen Nicholas, Gower Unearthed

Andrew is exploring St. Govan's Chapel in Pembrokeshire.

Built into the rugged limestone cliffs during the 13th century it is thought to have been the home of a reclusive Saint who fought off pirates trying to raid the site.

St Goven's Chapel in Pembrokeshire Credit: ITV

Rob, meanwhile, is in Snowdonia exploring the village of Beddgelert which is named after a mythical dog.

According to the legend Prince Llewelyn the Great returned from hunting to find his son missing and his cradle overturned.

He saw his faithful dog Gelert with a blood stained mouth so he killed him, but later discovered that his hound had actually been protecting his son from a wolf.

Prince Llewelyn was apparently so overcome by grief, he gave Gelert a great funeral and his grave is still visited by tourists today.

A statue of Gelert at his grave Credit: ITV

Andrew also visits the tallest waterfall in Wales - Pistyll Rhaeadr near Llangollen, which has been described as one of the 'seven wonders of Wales'.

If you look closely at the waterfall, legend has it that the outline of a lady appears behind the curtain of water.

There’s also said to be the figure of a monk in his cloak, a Victorian woman, and dancing fairies.

Andrew at Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall Credit: ITV

Coast & Country is on ITV Cymru Wales at 8pm tonight.