Farmhouse holiday cottages in a tranquil rural hideaway Ceredigion, West Wales.

River Valleys

River valleys Millions of years ago melting ice cut valleys through the Cambrian Mountains was formed to form lush river valleys.

Ceredigion’s five main rivers (Aeron, Dyfi, Rheidol, Teifi and Ystwyth) are still fed by natural springs high in the Cambrian Mountains at the start of their journey down to the sea. ​​​​​​​​​

Aeron Valley: The lower wide and green Aeron valley flows down to the sea at Aberaeron from its remote source at Mynydd Bach. 

Dyfi Valley: The Dyfi River is northern boundary of Ceredigion, and is considered to be the boundary between north and south Wales.

The estuary of the Dyfi is flanked by the mountains of Snowdonia and the Cambrian range to the north and on its southern bank Ceredigion is the largest extent of lowland bog in Britain - Cors Fochno

Rheidol Valley: The River Rheidol source is on Plynlymon Mountain, the highest point in mid-Wales and the source of the rivers Severn and the Wye.

From Nant y Moch reservoir it flows down to form one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Wales at Devil’s Bridge. The Rheidol then meanders on past long abandoned mines past the Rheidol Power Station's visitor centre, and into Aberystwyth harbour.

Teifi Valley: The Teifi is the longest river (75 miles) in Wales, it starts at Teifi Pools in the remote Cambrian Mountains. It flows Pontrhydfendigaid and on through Cors Caron, nature reserve.  The Teifi meanders through the towns and villages of Tregaron, Llanddewi Brefi, Lampeter, Llandysul, Newcastle Emlyn, Cenarth, Cilgerran and finally enters the sea at Cardigan. 

From Lampeter it marks the county boundary between Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire and nearer the estuary Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

The Teifi is perhaps know best as a fly fishing river, especially for ‘sewin’ (sea trout) and salmon.

The Teifi Estuary is home to The Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cardigan Castle guards the bridge in the town, St Dogmaels and Poppit Sands lie on its southern bank it flows into the Irish Sea past Cardigan Island beyond its northern bank.

Ystwyth Valley:The River Ystwyth source is high up in the Cambrian Mountains and its valley has wonderful and wild scenery. The river flows through Aberystwyth into the harbour alongside the River Rheidol.

The Ystwyth valley is now sparsely populated but in bygone year’s silver, lead and zinc was mined and reached a peak in the 18th century.  The old mines ruins now stand silent.

The river valley is one of the most beautiful in Wales. The road leading over the Cambrian Mountains to Rhayader was once described by the AA as one of the ten most scenic drives in the world.

The Elan Valley - Powys

The Elan Valley is a river valley situated to the west of Rhayader, in Powys, Wales, sometimes known as the "Welsh Lake District

The valley contains the 5 Elan Valley Reservoirs and a visitor centre. It famous for picturesque scenery and is a good day out from Stallion Valley. Much of the valley is designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest, and there is a popular Elan Valley cycle trail, from Rhayader around the reservoirs.

 

The Cothi Valley

The River Cothi also flows from the Cambrian Mountains but is in Carmarthenshire and provides excellent fly fishing.  The upper valley is part of the Dolaucothi Estate, which is owned by the National Trust and incorporates the site of the Dolaucothi Roman Gold Mines.

The lower part of The Cothi River flows through Abergorlech and the Brechfa Forest on its way down to join The Towy River near to Carmarthen.

 

The Towy River

The source of the River Towy is in the Cambrian Mountains just a few miles from that of the areas other great river, the River Teifi. It flows through the steep rugged hills of the Towy Ferest and forms the border between Ceredigion and Powys.

About 6 miles from its source back in 1972 it was dammed to create the Llyn Brianne reservoir which supplies water to south east Wales.

Further down the river flows past Llandovery and Llandeilo in a broad river valley were it meanders and forms oxbow lakes.

It carries on through Carmarthen into the Towy estuary past Llansteffan Castle and out to Pendine Sands.

 


Cambrian Mountains Ystwyth & Elan Valleys
To Rhayader, about 4 hours driving 120 miles of wonderful mountain scenery, rivers, forests, reservoirs and towns.
4 Hours 0 Mins
120 Miles
Dog Friendly

Devil's Bridge
Afon Mynach (Monks River) makes a dramatic descent, over spectacular waterfalls at Devil’s Bridge. There are two walks to choose from: 1. NATURE TRAIL, WATERFALLS & 3 BRIDGES: 45 minutes. 2. PUNCHBOWL & 3 BRIDGES: 10 minutes
1 Hours 7 Mins
37 Miles
Dog Friendly

Garreg Ddu Dam Elan Valley
The Garreg Ddu dam in the lower Elan Valley is a low, completely submerged dam
1 Hours 45 Mins
54 Miles
Dog Friendly

Llyn Brianne reservoir
The Upper Towy Valley and Llyn Brianne is still one of the most beautiful areas of Wales however and it is a haven for bird watchers, anglers, mountain bikers and walkers.
59 Mins
31 Miles
Dog Friendly

Pont Rhyd-y-Groes and The Yswyth Valley
From here downstream The Ystwyth Valley is scenic and forested and flows down to Aberystwyth. To the North the valley climbs into the rugged Cambrian Mountains past the ruins of the old mines
57 Mins
32 Miles
Dog Friendly

Rheidol Power Station
The Rheidol hydropower plant opened in 1962 is the largest of its kind in England and Wales. The visitor centre has an exhibition, video room and cafeteria. There are nature trails and walks in beautiful scenery.
1 Hours 7 Mins
41 Miles
Dog Friendly

River Teifi walk Llandysul 0.5 miles each way
This is a really easy walk alongside the white water section of the River Teifi in Llandysul. Combine your walk with a trip to the Nisa supermarket for your newspaper or bottle of milk.
6 Mins
2.7 Miles
Dog Friendly

The Cothi Valley, Carmarthenshire
The River Cothi flows southwest from the eastern side of Cambrian Mountains into Carmarthenshire and provides excellent fly fishing.
Dog Friendly

The Gwaun Valley (Cwm Gwaun)
It begins in Fishguard, where the namesake river runs into the sea. The Rough Guide describes as one of the great surprises of Pembrokeshire. The steep sided valley was formed by the rushing waters from melting glaciers.
55 Mins
30 Miles
Dog Friendly

The Rheidol Valley:
The river Rheidol starts its journey down to Aberystwyth harbour in the Cambrian Mountains on Plynlymon mountain, the highest point in mid-Wales, near to the sources of the more famous rivers the Severn and the Wye.
Dog Friendly

The River Teifi – Estuary
Cardigan was an important sea port, the second biggest in Wales. The port area was close to Cardigan Castle and Cardigan bridge which it guarded in earlier times. The river was at that time, navigable up to Cilgerran
40 Mins
20 Miles
Dog Friendly

The River Teifi – From source to Llanybydder
Llyn Teifi is the source of the Teifi, it is one of the “Teifi Pools”, about 1500 ft. up the western slopes of the Cambrian Mountains. The landscape here is stark, wild, and extraordinarily beautiful.
1 Hours 2 Mins
32 Miles
Dog Friendly

The River Teifi – Llanybydder to Cilgerran
Upstream from Llanybydder, close to its source, in contrast to many rivers the Teifi is a gentle meandering river, no rushing through rocky gorges and dramatic waterfalls, it saves that for downstream.
Dog Friendly

The Towy estuary and Carmarthen Bay
The River Towy flows into Carmarthen Bay via an estuary which it shares with the River Taf, at Laugharne and the two branches of the River Gwendraeth at Kidwelly. Here you will find miles of sandy beaches, peace, quiet & a choice of 3 castles.
50 Mins
28 Miles
Dog Friendly

The Towy River
The source of the River Towy is in the Cambrian Mountains. It is dammed about 6 miles from its source to create the Llyn Brianne reservoir. The Towy flows through Llandovery and Llandeilo and on through Carmarthen into the Towy estuary.
Dog Friendly

The Vale of Rheidol Railway
The railway is between Aberystwyth and Devils Bridge and the 12 mile, 1 hour journey is through one a Wales’ most beautiful valleys.
52 Mins
32 Miles
Dog Friendly

The Ystwyth Trail, Aberyswyth
From Aberystwyth to Tregaron, partly following the old Carmarthen to Aberystwyth railway line. Experienced cyclists can follow the entirere 20 mile route while sections offer easy cycling for families.
53 Mins
31 Miles
Dog Friendly

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Cwm March Farmhouse Cottages
Llandysul
Ceredigion
SA44 4LR

01559 363444