Ffynh 1T

Daniel Defoe’s observations on the Welsh landscape in 1726, which are in complete contrast to the opinions of the romantic travellers of the late eighteenth century, such as William Gilpin:

Brecknockshire is a mere inland county, as Radnor is; the English jestingly (and I think not very improperly) call it Breakneckshire. ’Tis mountainous to an extremity ... Entering this shire [Glamorgan], from Radnor and Brecknock, we were saluted with Monuchdenny-Hill on our left, and the Black- Mountain on the right, and all a ridge of horrid rocks and precipices between, over which, if we had not had trusty guides, we should never have found our way; and indeed, we began to repent our curiosity, as not having met with any thing worth the trouble; and a country looking so full of horror, that we thought to have given over the enterprise, and have left Wales out of our circuit.

(Pat Rogers (ed.) Daniel Defoe: A Tour through the Whole Island of Great Britain, 1724–26, 1971, pp. 376–7)