Talybont, a village which developed around mining and woollen mills, is now known as the base of leading Welsh publisher, Y Lolfa, which produces popular Welsh fiction and factual titles. It also produces books in English on Welsh topics and also published works by economist/philosopher Leopold Kohr, originator of the term ‘small is beautiful’. You can’t miss the mural by local artist Ruth Jên of Welsh heroes and characters in the centre of the village.
Talybont is also a gateway to the Cambrian Mountains. Dyfi Furnace and waterfalls are testament to the mining heritage of the area and poet RS Thomas lived in nearby Eglwysfach. RS Thomas was a keen ornithologist and would take delight in the birdlife and other wildlife on land forming part of the RSPB’s Ynyshir Reserve.