A SELECTION OF LANDMARKS AND OTHER ATTRACTIONS
Interprative Panels to learn about the community and its history
are located near the Village Green in Tal-y-bont and by the Vicarage in Bont-goch. You can also discover much more about the history of the area's lead mines from the following website
Spirit of the Miners
Tal-y-bont village and Allt-y-Crib taken from Braichgarw. (Photo: Gwyn Jenkins) Bont-goch village and surrounding hills taken from Mynydd Gorddu (Photo: Richard E. Huws)
This has been the main event in the annual calendar of Ceulanamaesmawr's community for more than 100 years. Primarily it is an agricultural and horticultural show which is held at the Black Lion Fields, Tal-y-bont on a Saturday towards the end of August. It draws competitors from a wide area to the livestock and horticultural sections. However, this is not the only attraction for those visiting the show as there are also shearing competitions, an exhibition of old machinery, dog show, various stalls, and a craft tents as well as a series of dog races to end the day. In order to appreciate the vibrancy and the closely knit nature of this community then visiting the show field is the place to start. Further details of the event can be found on facebook.
Allt y Crib [SN653 895]
A woodland immediately to the west of Tal-y-bont. The trees were planted during the first half of the twentieth century and hide scars of the old lead mines. Today, there is a network of popular public footpaths and a bridleway in the woods.
Taliesin’s Grave [SN670 911]
A stone cairn probably built during the Bronze Age. Folklore associates the sixth century Welsh poet or the legendary Taliesin, with this burial site. There are magnificent views of the mouth of the river Dyfi and Cardigan Bay at this location. (Further information about the grave can be found on the Llangynfelyn parish website).
Braichgarw [SN664 885]
A stretch of common land about half a mile to the east of Tal-y-bont. For many generations this open space was popular with village children for picnics or to swim in the river Eleri. The route of the long distance footpath from Borth to Devil’s Bridge goes through Braichgarw.
Llety Llwyd Hillfort [SN650 882]
This hillfort dating from the Iron Age is located on the land of Llety Llwyd farm about half a mile south east of Tal-y-bont. Pen Dinas in Cwm Eleri [SN677 876] and Pen y Castell near Llety Ifan Hen, Bont-goch [SN689848] are two other, less well known, hillforts in far more dramatic locations.
Hafan Quarry [SN730 831]
This disused granite quarry is located at the far end of Cwm Cyneiniog, about five miles to the east of Tal-y-bont. For a short time during the late 1890s the stones from this quarry were transported by rail to Llandre, a distance of about seven miles. It is possible to trace parts of the route of the old rail track along the side of the valley beneath.
St Peter’s Church, Elerch (Bont-goch) [SN684 864]
This fine building was opened in 1868 in the centre of the village of Bont-goch. The Rev. Lewis Gilbertson and family paid for erecting the church to serve miners who had been drawn to the area for work and it was designed by William Butterfield, one of the architects of the Victorian Gothic Revival in England.
Mynydd Gorddu Wind Farm
During the 1990s nineteen wind turbines were erected on the uplands between Bont-goch and Tal-y-bont to produce renewable energy. The late Dr Dafydd Huws, Mynydd Gorddu farm, initiated this scheme and despite the opposition of some residents the wind farm is now part of the area’s landscape. Societies and organisations in the surrounding area benefit financially from the development through a community fund (Cronfa Eleri) which distributes grants annually towards projects that aim to promote the social, educational and indigenous cultural life of the area.
Bwlch Glas Mine [SN710 877]
Ruins of some of the surface buildings of the lead mine, which was established in the 1880s, can clearly be seen when travelling on foot or in a vehicle through Cwm Cyneiniog. For a short time during the second decade of the twentieth century it one of the best equipped mines in Europe. However, shortly after the end of World War 1, mining ceased due to the collapse in the market price of lead and zinc.
Esgair Hir and Esgair Fraith Mine [SN738 912]
An area rich in industrial archaeology near these two disused lead mines in the uplands beyond Cwm Ceulan, including the ruins of the barracks where many miners slept during the week. Less obvious but equally interesting are the cluster of small ‘lakes’ (Nant y Cagl, Plas y Mynydd, Conach and Dwfn) and the network of leats built to supply the area’s lead mines with water.
Craig y Pistyll [SN721 858]
A dam was originally built at this point during the nineteenth century to store water to supply the lead mines. From the late 1930s the stored water was used to supply homes in the rural district north of Aberystwyth, and then from the early 1960s it was linked with Llyn Llygad Rheidol to supply water to homes in Aberystwyth and much of north Ceredigion. There is a splendid public footpath from Bont-goch to the lake, of which the last 400 metres is a very steep climb with dramatic views of a waterfall as the river Eleri plunges from the uplands to the valley below.
Moel y Llyn [SN711 914]
The highest peak in Ceulanamaesmawr (515 metres). As the name suggests, there is a small lake at the summit giving fine views of Cwm Ceulan and Cardigan.
Nant y Moch Reservoir [SN74 1877]
Work on building the dam across the river Rheidol near the foot of Pumlumon Fawr to store water for the Cwm Rheidol Hydro Electricity Scheme was begun at the end of the 1950s. Before the Nant y Moch valley was flooded the two brothers, John a Jim James had to vacate their smallholding and the nearby chapel closed. Today the reservoir is a popular tourist attraction so the mountain road from the dam to Tal-y-bont alongside the reservoir and especially through Cwm Ceulan.
Y Patshyn Glas/ Tal-Y-Bont Village Green [SN655892]
One of a handful of villages in this part of Wales which can boast an open space in the centre of the village. With two hotels - the Black and White Lions – close by, this is very much the heart of the village community especially on warm summer evenings.