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cwmystwyth mines

A valley in northern Ceredigion and also the name of a small village located in the valley, Cwmystwyth has been the site of mining activity for centuries.

The valley is stunningly beautiful being intertwined with small wooded copses and the River Ystwyth winding its way to the sea at Aberystwyth in Ceredigion. Even at the location of the old abandoned mine workings, the landscape is oddly pleasing to the eye.

Planning a visit to the scenic Cwmystwyth valley? Here are some interesting facts about the area…

Interesting facts about Cwmystwyth

cwmystwyth mines

  • Ancient mine working tools have been discovered in the area leading historians to believe that the valley has been occupied and mined since the time of the Celts.
  • Lead, Silver and Zinc were being extracted in the Valley until the late 19th century.
  • Today the valley is remote and quiet, but it must have been a very different story during the 18th century when the mines were working at full capacity.
  • Those who like to escape the crowds should follow the road up the Valley to the point where it intersects with the start of the Elan Valley for a real feeling of remoteness. The only man-made object you can see here is the road and there is a good chance that the only other visitors you will see, will be mountain sheep grazing amongst the boulders.
  • Places to eat are few and far between out here, but there are the Hafod Hotel and Two Hoots Cafe at Devil’s Bridge or the Miners Arms at Pontrhydygroes.

Where can I stay?

We’ve got plenty of cosy Ceredigion cottages, ideally positioned to make the most of the county’s iconic landmarks. Here are a few of our most popular retreats:

Dewi Villa (Ref. 1035678) Aberarth, Ceredigion, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay

Distance from Cwmystwyth: 28 miles

Dewi Villa

A characterful three-storey Georgian house, Dewi Villa is set within the peaceful village of Aberarth. Just a two-minute walk from a lovely pebble beach, this charming home is ideal for a family holiday by the coast.

Trawsnant Cottage (Ref. 1036292) New Quay, Ceredigion, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay

Distance from Cwmystwyth: 36 miles

Trawsnant Cottage

Enjoy a quieter pace of life in the idyllic surroundings of New Quay at Trawsnant Cottage. This beautiful two-bedroom barn conversion even has its own private hot tub – just what you need after a long day on your feet exploring the area!

Delyn Aur (Ref. 1035755) Tresaith, Ceredigion, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay

Distance from Cwmystwyth: 45 miles

Delyn Aur

A stylish three-bedroom home, Delyn Aur is quite literally a stone’s throw away from the beach at Tresaith. A wonderful base for seaside holidays, you can while away each day on the golden sands of the beach below, or head further afield to see what the rest of Ceredigion has to offer.

Book a stay in one of our cosy Ceredigion cottages and make the most of your gorgeous surroundings. From family-friendly homes to snug cottages for two, there’s something for everyone!