Britain is full of hidden wilderness. Our explorers and authors are forever rediscovering it. In recent years Richard Mabey, Robert Macfarlane and even Bear Grylls have searched the country for somewhere truly wild. Paul Binding finds it in the Berwyn Mountains in northeast Wales, where tradition sites Annwn, the otherworld of Welsh mythology.
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