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Title: Ysbryd y Mwynwyr - Spirit of the Miners
Waterwheel at LlywernogOchreChimney, Taliesin


“About the middle of this Wstwith valley that I ride in, being as I guess three miles in length, I saw on the right hand of the hill side Cloth Moyne, where hath been a great digging for leade, the smelting whereof hath destroid the woodes that sometime grew plentiful thereabout”

John Leyland (1506 – 1552) - Antiquary to King Henry VIII

The spectacular Ystwyth Valley is a popular leisure route between Aberystwyth and Rhayader. At Cwmystwyth you will pass through the oldest recorded metal mine site in the UK - at some 4000 years old. The later workings are breathtaking in their expanse.
Cwmystwyth Valley
View of Cwmystwyth looking towards the Elan Valley

Cwmystwyth is located around 20 miles from Aberystwyth. Take a trip from Aberystwyth through Devils Bridge and to Cwmystwyth to see what the area can offer.
The AA once described the B4574 through Cwmystwyth as one of "the ten most scenic drives in the World."

Cwmystwyth Mine Works
Cwmystwyth today

The valley that can trace its metal mining history back 4,000 years, Cwmystwyth has a unique landscape the like of which resembles nowhere else in Mid Wales. This once industrialised valley now only has crumbling remains as memorials to those miners that worked and died here.

The old Cwmystwyth Mill
The old Cwmystwyth barracks

The remains of these buildings can be seen from the road, so why not take a while to visit this unforgettable scenery.

Due to the geological and biological interest of the site, the area is known as a

Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Please respect this unique site when you visit.

Cwmystwyth Mines


For further information on Cwmystwyth visit Cambria Archaeology

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