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Communities of the Cambrian Mountains

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.

​Talybont, a village which developed around mining and woollen mills, is a gateway to the lakes and moors of the northern Cambrian Mountains. Visit the annual village show, explore the valley of the river Leri to Bontgoch, or take the mountain road through Cwm Ceulan to Nant y Moch reservoir.

Devil's Bridge

Devils' Bridge has been a destination for visitors since the 18th century​. The waterfalls and bridges spanning the River Mynach (a tributary of the Rheidol) have been the subject of poems, paintings and TV detective drama. Travel by train along the Rheidol valley or follow the Rheidol trail from Aberystwyth.

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​Pontrhydfendigaid, the village of 'the bridge of the blessed ford' lies in the Teifi valley where it widens out into rich upland meadows around Strata Florida abbey. Enjoy the annual Eisteddfod, or harness racing in May and August, and take the mountain road to the source of the Teifi.  

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​Tregaron is a a busy market town and former droving centre. Nearby lies the great bog of Cors Caron and up in the mountains is the remote chapel of Soar y Mynydd. Colourful former residents include highwayman Twm Sion Cati, peacemaker Henry Richard, and the diarist and Australian 'swagman' Joseph Jenkins.

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Llanddewi Brefi

​Llanddewi Brefi is an attractive village with unusually large gardens which would once have been cattle pounds for the drovers who gathered here before crossing the mountains towards the rich pastures of the east and the markets of England. The church is dedicated to St David (Dewi Sant) who is said to have performed a miracle at the site.​

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Lampeter's university campus is the oldest college establishment in Wales,and its rugby club one of the founding members fo the Welsh Rugby Union. A busy town with annual food festival, agricultural show and eisteddf​od. Good network of woodland walks and rides.