This image of the Mawr is very similar to the one I used at the start of this walk at the start of the week. The mist was even thicker on my way down and I also had rain to accompany me as you will be able to hear below.
A Mawr Walk Soundscape
And this was when I discovered I have a leak in my boots! The squelchy sound of my walking in this landscape was causing some slight discomfort but it is partly my own fault for not cleaning and dubbing them before walking through such sodden ground. never mind, it was a wet walk but a very good one. Even in this weather the Mawr is a fantastic place to be.
I wasn’t familiar with the word “mawr” and so googled it and found out it means “big.” I guess The Mawr is a big area of Swansea. I also learned of the women’s college in Pennsylvania named Bryn Mawr and that the area where it is located is also called Bryn Mawr which means “big hill.” It was the name of an estate in Wales whose owner, a Quaker name Rowland Ellis, emigrated in the 17th century. Also, Alastair, I thought I would let you know that the surname of my Scots-Irish ancestors was Muckle, which means “big” in Scottish!
Indeed it does – “Muckle” that is. Born in Scotland, grew up in Northern Ireland, trained in England and living in Wales, I have done a full tour of the UK when it comes to residence and muckle is certainly a familiar word. I am also going to be working just below our own Brynmawr (all one word in this instance) here in Wales on Tuesday and Wednesday this week – at Blaenavon. This name means source of the river – blaen (pronounced bline) meaning source and avon (also spelled afon but with the “f” pronounced as a “v”) meaning river. Names are fascinating things are they not? 🙂