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.


Devil's Bridge

Three separate bridges span the river Mynach - one built on top of the other between the 11th and 19th century. The legend of how the first was built and the picturesque setting continues to draw visitors - many by steam train from Aberystwyth.

Devil's Bridge


Pontrhydygroes, Ysbyty Ystwyth and Cwmystwyth

The Picturesque landscape of Hafod and drama of silver-lead mining drew the first tourists to the Ystwyth valley. These now peaceful communities were also on medieval pilgrim routes to Strata Florida Abbey.

Pontrhydygroes, Ysbyty Ystwyth and Cwmystwyth


Pontrhydfendigaid

Pontrhydfendigaid - 'the bridge of the blessed ford' lies near the ruins of the 12th century Cistercian Abbey of Strata Florida. The humpbacked bridge is the first main crossing point on the Teifi river, which rises at at the nearby Teifi Pools.   

Pontrhydfendigaid


Tregaron and area

Tregaron is is the chosen site of the 2020 National Eisteddfod of Wales. A truly Welsh town, with over 60% of its population able to speak Welsh, it received a royal charter in 1292. It is the perfect starting point for exploring the Cambrian Mountains.

Tregaron and area


Llanddewi Brefi

Wales’s Patron Saint, St David is said to have performed one of his miracles in Llanddewi Brefi.  Early Christian carved stone crosses can be seen in the church. Llanddewi was a gathering point for the drovers before they started on their journey across the mountains to market. 

Llanddewi Brefi


Lampeter - market town and gateway to Ceredigion

Lampeter, a market town in the Teifi Valley,  is located at an important point in the geography of south west Wales, being a point where several roads meet, and where the traveller decides whether to go on to the coast of Cardigan Bay or go head into the Cambrian Mountains. It has an interesting history as an university town and centre of commerce.

Lampeter - market town and gateway to Ceredigion