Jan Morris

Stanzas at the Summit

George Borrow's 'Wild Wales'

In Chapter 29 of his book Wild Wales, published in 1862, George Borrow, a six-foot, 59-year-old Englishman, describes reaching the summit of Y Wyddfa, the highest point in Wales, eight years earlier. He considered it to be not just the most beautiful, but also the most romantically evocative mountain in the entire world. He was a newcomer to Wales, but he was already widely travelled in Europe and he was also a passionate linguist and antiquarian.


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