George Borrow, Wild Wales: Its People, Language and Scenery

Picture of George Borrow

George Borrow was born in Norfolk in 1803. His father was a soldier and the family moved around. He was educated in Edinburgh and Norwich. He trained as a lawyer but soon took to literature, his novels and travel writing drawing on his many journeys around Britain and Europe. Wild Wales describes a stay in Llangollen in the summer of 1854, with many hikes through North Wales, followed by a longer tour to and through South Wales. Borrow was a noted linguist, speaking Welsh and discussing the origins of place-names. He died in 1881.

The following sections are available:
Introduction; Norfolk to Chester
Wrexham and Llangollen
Around Llangollen
To Ruthin
To the waterfall
Conversations in Llangollen
Over the Berwyns
Llangollen to Cerrigydruidion
Cerrigydruidion to Bangor
Bangor, Anglesey and Snowdon
Around Anglesey (1)
Around Anglesey (2)
Around Anglesey (3)
Around Anglesey (4)
To Beddgelert
Bala to Llangollen
Chirk Castle
Llangollen Again
Tom O' the Dingle
To Wrexham
Departure for South Wales
Rhyadr waterfall
Bala to Dinas Mawddwy
The Plynlimmon Range
Rheidol Valley
Devil's Bridge
Upon Plynlimmon
Strata Florida and Tregaron
To Swansea
Neath and Merthyr
Conclusion: Newport and Chepstow
Cumro and Cumraeg