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Y Gwyll / Hinterland

Aberystwyth and the landscapes of Ceredigion are 'characters in their own right' according to the producers of Hinterland / Y Gwyll . The acclaimed detective drama shows the landscape of Ceredigion in a new light, each location adding an intrigue of its own to the storylines - from Aberystwyth and the marshes of Borth and the dunes of Ynyslas on the coast to the forests, lakes and former silverlead mining hamlets of the Cambrian Mountains.

For a PDF booklet introducing the landscapes of Ceredigion in which Hinterland / Y Gwyll is filmed, click here.

Hinterland / Y Gwyll in Ceredigion

Hinterland / Y Gwyll is filmed in Ceredigion in both English and Welsh. Following the success of the first two series of Y Gwyll, broadcast in Welsh by S4C with the English version, Hinterland, broadcast on BBC Four in the UK and available also on Netflix, a third series of the gripping crime drama has been filmed in and around Aberystwyth.

The drama of Y Gwyll/Hinterland involves and unfolds around a team of modern detectives, but also draws on the ancient legends of Ceredigion and Wales. The wetland of Cors Fochno between Borth, Ynyslas and Talybont, at the heart of the Dyfi Biosphere, is now a haven for wildlife, but this is the area also associated with mythical beasts and phantoms.

Another filming location - Devil's Bridge - is associated with one of Wales's best known folk tales. Explore the remoter upland valleys of the Cambrian Mountains, where walking routes take you past the ruins of once busy silver leadmines, each with its own tale to tell. As well as woodland walks and forest rides, there are miles of quiet mountain roads to follow, with superb views across the moors and remote upland farms down to the coast.

The detective series tackles some dark aspects of life, and the work of some of our local authors have also taken a different, quirky, view of life, from the gritty novels of Niall Griffiths to the humour and fantasy of Malcolm Pryce.​

The landscape is real, and the filming takes place in all weathers and at night, but some of the buildings have been skilfully dressed to appear derelict, damaged by fire or very spooky.

Aberystwyth is a hub of creativity in Ceredigion, with art spaces and events, including festivals celebrating art, photography, film and Welsh and celtic culture - see our events listing for forthcoming events. ​​