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.
Pontrhydygroes, Ysbyty Ystwyth and Cwmystwyth
The Picturesque landscape of Hafod and the industrial 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.
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.
Tregaron and area
Tregaron is is the chosen site of the 2020 (now 2022) 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.
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.
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.