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Local Area & Attractions
Surrounded by scenery and steeped in history
Tyllwyd Farm is situated on the mountain road from Rhayader to Devil's Bridge amid spectacular mountainous scenery, and lies within the Cambrian Mountain SSSI, an European designated Special Area of Conservation, and lies at the geographical centre of Wales. We are also in a newly designated International Dark Sky Park.
Tyllwyd has been the home of the Raw Family since 1820. The first James Raw moved here from Melbeck in Yorkshire, and was Captain of the Cwmystwyth Lead Mine for 40 years, indeed the uppermost western adit was named after him. In the 17th century the farmhouse was a coaching Inn -The Lisburne Arms. Captain Raw was also a farmer and kept a flock of Welsh mountain sheep, ponies and cattle.
A hefted flock of Welsh Mountain sheep and limousin suckler cows are still our main enterprise today. We also have converted a courtyard of stone outbuildings into 8 shorthold tenancy properties at Nanteos - our lowland farm near Aberystwyth.
H.R.H. Prince Charles, through his Farmers Marketing Initiative inspired a small group of farmers to come together to form the Cambrian Mountain Lamb Initiative. In 2008 we were honoured to have had a visit from Prince Charles to launch the new venture. In 2012 we were appointed as Tourism Ambassadors of the Cambrian Mountains Initiative.
The Mountain Road from Rhyader
The mountain road takes you through some interesting historical areas, open moorland, and the deep valleys which were formed by the glaciers of the Ice Age. This road was rated by the AA as one of the most spectacular routes in Europe.
When leaving Rhayader on the mountain road you enter the picturesque Elan Valley, known as the lakeland of Wales with its breathtaking landscape, reservoirs and waterfalls - a paradise for walkers and fishermen. The visitor centre tells the story of how the reservoirs and dams were built at the end of 19th century, and the spectacular wildlife in the area.
Whilst driving along the mountain road, one becomes aware of the scars left by lead mining. Archaeological evidence shows that copper was mined on Copa Hill during the Bronze Age and cairns, where they buried their dead, can still be traced on the surrounding hills. In 2002, while investigating a medieval lead smelting hearth in the lead mine at Cwmystwyth, the archaeologists unearthed a gold sun disc, believed to be the earliest gold artefact discovered in Wales. It is now at the National Museums and Gardens of Wales, Cardiff.
The Elan Valley
The Elan Valley Estate is an area of spectacular beauty and abundant wildlife right in the heart of mid Wales.
The Hafod Estate
The road also passes the historic landscape of Hafod Mansion, and the Arch which was built by Thomas Johnes to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of George III. The Arch marks the highest point of the Hafod Estate. The walks here incorporate some spectacular views, with interpretation boards providing information on the agriculture, forestry, wildlife and the history of this immediate area.
Hafod is known as a 'paradise for walkers', with many forest paths, streams and bridges. The Hafod estate occupies some 200 hectares of the Ystwyth valley and surrounding hills. Most is owned by the Forestry Commission who, in partnership with the Hafod Trust, manage a conservation and restoration project with public and private funding. More information can be found on the Hafod website.
Eglwys Newydd Hafod Church, dedicated to St. Michael and All Angels is situated in a quiet, isolated but picturesque area on the boundary of the enchanting Hafod Estate. Thomas Johnes, in 1803 commissioned James Wyatt to designed an impressive new church with many unusual features, such as the ‘east’ window to face south-west, with sixteenth century Flemish stained glass brought over from the Low Countries.The font commissioned from the famous London studios of Eleanor Coade, and decorated with carved roses, the Johnes Coat of Arms and figures representing the cardinal virtues. It was indeed a beautiful Gothic Church.
Tragically, in April 1932 a fire destroyed much of the charming internal fittings and roof. The excellent restoration work was overseen by W. D. Caroe, who designed the new attractive barrel shaped limed-oak roof and the beautiful furnishings and fittings which feature around some of the original treasures, although damaged they are still to be seen at the church today. This beautiful listed grade II* building has again recently been extensively restored and internally refurbished.
There is now an interesting display of interpretation panels depicting the history of the Church and the Hafod Estate. Much social history has been researched by church members and the local community; there is also a touch screen kiosk which enables visitors seeking family history to easily locate their local family details. The church (with the use of public convenience) is open every day between 10.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. from Easter to the end of October.
Devils Bridge Falls is a world famous tourist attraction 12 miles from Aberystwyth. These unique waterfalls have attracted many thousands of visitors since the 18th century, including William Wordsworth who wrote about the "Torrent at the Devil's Bridge". Today, the Falls Nature Trail provides a unique opportunity to see this great natural feature in the Rheidol Gorge.
The Vale of Rheidol Railway
A blast of the whistle and the hiss of steam and you’re away! Sit back, relax and let us take you on a nostalgic journey through some of Wales’ most spectacular scenery.
Bwlch Nant yr Arian
Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Centre is a little piece of heaven in the Cambrian Mountains. From scenic walks and world class mountain biking to adventure play areas and Animal Puzzle Trail. Red Kites are fed daily, and can be viewed from the café with a breathtaking lakeside view.
The Silver Mountain Experience
Steeped in myths and legends, high in the ancient Cambrian Mountains, the Silver Mountain Experience has tumbling streams, mysterious forests and long abandoned mine workings that will take you on a journey through the mists of time.
Cambrian Safaris provides excursions into the Cambrian Mountains in a Land Rover Discovery. Come and enjoy fantastic views and scenery, local history and wildlife. We will pick you up from your accommodation or arrange a meeting point.
The cosmopolitan University town of Aberystwyth is only 17 miles away. Sat on the coast with several beaches, shops, cafes, restaurants and lively nightlife it is the perfect place to explore with the added bonus of possibly spotting a dolphin or a porpoise in the bay.
What ever your interests - natural history, sightseeing, walking, mountain biking, bird watching, fishing, canoeing or cultural activities, you will enjoy the warm and friendly welcome, in a peaceful and relaxing ambience with a great sense of place.Read More