Giles Hampton was very interested in geology, so he was very happy when his friend, Beverley invited him to visit his new house that stood between the mountains, in Wales. Beverley’s house was near the church called Fablan Fawr too. At the first week, Giles and Beverley went on several short expeditions and also shooting together, but one day Beverley couldn’t went out with Giles, so he decided to make an excursion to the other side of the mountains.
It was twelve o’clock, when Giles arrived to the place, the weather was very hot and he examined the many interesting rocks. It was half-past three when Giles had finished and started to back to Fablan Fawr. Giles walked along, light rain began to fall and a thick damp mist came down and covered everything, soon the mist grew thicker and he could see only a few feet in the front of him, and he couldn’t recognize anything in the path.
Soon he knew that he had taken the wrong path. Giles was very anxious, but not forto pass the night alone on the hillside, but he was very nervous because he wouldn’t want to worry hisfriend. Suddenly he heard the sound of footsteps near him, and also a voice answered him in welsh, so he sawan old man with his huge dog. The old man was tall and wore a heavy cloak of dark cloth that come down to his ankles. The old man spoke in welsh again and Giles couldn’t understand him, so Giles said he was lost and he wanted to go to Fablan Fawr.The old man seemed to understand “Fablan Fawr” he repeated several times and smile, he pulled out a map of his long cloak, the map was very old and Beverley’s house wasn’t on the map, but the church Fablan Fawr was shown. The old man pointed the path on the map and gave it to Giles. Giles walked fast, the mist had become thicker than before and he could see only a few feet ahead, so he moved very carefully, suddenly his foot turned on a sharp stone and he almost fell, that stone probably saved his life. The path had led him to the edge of a cliff, when he looked again at the map he saw that the cliff wasn’t in it. Giles set down and decided to wait for the mist to clean. It was an hour later when he heard a voice, he recognize the voice of Beverley’s servant, Parry.
Parry led Giles safely back to the house, for some reason he didn’t tell Parry about the stranger in the mist. At the dinner, he kept quiet about it. Beverley said Giles had luck because some nasty accidents happened in that place. Parry told them the accident when a man was killed four years before. He was found dead at the bottom of a cliff. Parry told them he reminded that the dead man was a gentleman from London, a young lawyer called John Stevenson. It appears that the dead man took the wrong path in the mist and fell over the cliff. In the Mr. Stevenson’s pocket was a copy of a very old map, it showed a long- disused path over the hill, but everyone in the district knows the path was destroyed many years ago by the landslide. When Giles heard about the old map in the Mr. Stevenson’s pocket he was very excited and told them the story of the stranger in the mist. Parry reminded that Mr. Roberts, who found the body of the dead man, still had the map, so they invited him to have a coffee with them. Mr. Roberts heard the Giles story and showed the old map, and that map was identical to the Giles´map. At the bottom of map was writing “Madog ap Rhys, 1707”. Giles asked who was Madog ap Rhys, Mr. Roberts told him that he was a strange lonely man and he lived alone on the hillside and he spent most of his time praying. He died in 1720, before the landslide destroyed the path. Some local people say that his spirit still walks among the hills, trying to help travelers who had lost their way.
Giles concluded that “Madog ap Rhys” was a good man, he only wanted to help him, but he almost led him to the death like did with poor Mr. Stevenson.
(Author: A.N.L Munby, retold by Rosemary Border.)