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Llandysul in the Teifi Valley
Llandysul is an unspoilt small town (population 2,900) situated on the western bank of the Teifi River in Ceredigion. The twin community of Pont Tyweli, lies across the town bridge on the other side of the Teifi River in Carmarthenshire.
Car parking is limited on the High Street but there is plenty of pay and display parking at the bottom of the town near the scenic riverside memorial park, library, police station & toilets.
The oldest building in Llandysul is the church . It dates from the 13th century, but stands on a site established in the 6th century by the Welsh saint, Saint Tysul.
St Tysul was the first cousin of St David, the patron saint of Wales, and was the grandson of Ceredig, the ruler who gave his name to the kingdom, now the county, of Ceredigion. Llandysul translates into English as the Parish of Tysul and so is named after this ancient Saint.
For many years Llandysul bridge has been an important crossing over the RiverTeifi. In 1644, during the English Civil War, the Royalist army was defending Ceredigion against the Parliamentary army. One of the three arches of the bridge at Llandysul was pulled down by the Royalists to prevent the Parliamentarians crossing into Ceredigion. The bridge was later rebuilt with a single arch.
The Teifi Valley around Llandysul was the home of the Welsh woollen industry. Many sheep were reared locally and there were plenty of fast-flowing streams to power machinery so many wool mills were established in the area in the 19th century. There was also a flannel shirt factory in the town at that time. The mills had nearly all been closed by the end of the 20th century, as cheaper textiles became available from the Far East. The National Woolen Museum in Drefach Felindre gives a fascinating insight into this era and has a good café and activities for children. Entrance is free, National Woolen Museum link.
Green energy was pioneered in Llandysul, the Powerhouse a historic building in Pont Tyweli beside the River Teifi originally generated power from the river for the local community.
The area of Llandysul is strongly Welsh-speaking. The secondary school at Llandysul is the only purely Welsh-medium Secondary school serving the region.
The Gomer Press, was founded by John David Lewis (1859–1914) and specialised in Welsh language printing. He started by selling books from a corner of his father's grocery store before establishing the press in 1892. It is now a thriving printing company, the largest publishing house in Wales and the local newsagents on Llandysul High Street.
Llandysul is a small town, population 2,900. It has a range of shops, 2 pharmacies, a bank, cafes, pubs, take away restaurants, a police station, doctors & vet surgeries. It has a leisure centre, swimming pool and a town park.
Llandysul’s Memorial Park is a recreation area in a loop of the River Teifi a beautiful setting. There is a children's playground, a tennis club, a bowling club and sports pitches. Llandysul Cricket and Football Clubs play here.
Llandysul is a good centre for exploring a wide area of Wales:-
to the east are the superb, empty Cambrian Mountains
to the south are the green hills of Carmarthenshire and the sandy beaches on The Carmarthen Bay
to the west lies Pembrokeshire, with its beautiful rugged National Park coast-line
to the north Cardigan Bay, with its attractive seaside villages with their lovely sandy beaches
Things to do and see:-
Llandysul is an excellent base for a fishing holiday, there are lots of sea fishing, course lake opportunities nearby but the star attraction has be the Teifi a river noted for its salmon, sea trout and trout. Llandysul Angling Association owns the rights to over 30 miles of fishing on the River Teifi permits are available from The Porth Hotel in the town.
Canoeing is another popular river based activity, with grade 2 rapids below Llandysul bridge where Llandysul Paddlers are based. Llandysul Paddlers is a non-profit making association which works with young people from the community and across the whole of the UK. They deliver sessions on kayaking, white water rafting and canoeing. Away from the water they deliver sessions about climbing and mountain biking. Link
Crafts people congregate in West Wales and Llandysul has a good example at Cariad Glass who specialise in stained glass. They sell a range of items that are great for holiday gifts. Link
The Welsh Harp Centre, Telynau Teifi is a community business, believed to be the only harp-making business in Wales, a country with a traditional association with the instrument. Celtic and folk harps are made here as well as a 20 string lap harp, and the whole manufacturing process takes place on the site. Link
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