Each of the communities of the Ceredigion Cambrian Mountains has its own distinct character, reflecting its location. The rich heritage of the Cambrian Mountains can be seen not only in the mining remains, abbey ruins, churches and chapels, but in the landscape itself and the ancient routes that traverse it.
The gateway to the northern lakes and valleys is Talybont. Easily reached from Aberystwyth, Devil's Bridge and Pontrhydygroes lie deep in the upper valleys of the Rheidol and Ystwyth rivers, and there are many more scattered and remote communities where farming and forestry are central to local life. Tregaron and Llanddewi Brefi are perfect for exploring the drovers' routes across the mountains to Powys. From Lampeter the broadening river Teifi, whose source lies in the remote upland lakes above Ffair Rhos and Pontrhydfendigaid, forms a natural border with Carmarthenshire.