14. Henllan

Henllan in droughtHenllan in drought

At Henllan the Teifi tumbles picturesquely out of a rocky gorge and under the three-arched bridge, of which there is a good view from the riverside path. The village, which is a little north from the bridge, has a World War II prisoner of war camp, and a small church that was built by those interned there.

The last operating section of the Carmarthen-Aberystwyth railway line now leaves Henllan as a tourist attraction.

Teifi Valley Railway

Departing from near the village this narrow gauge railway – which was once part of the Great Western line that ran from Carmarthen to Aberystwyth – offers trips along the valley with views of the Teifi River. It operates from April through to October with special days of opening during December. It has a café, shop, and a small crazy-golf course.

Follow brown tourism signs.

Adults: £5.50
Senior Citizens/Disabled: £5:00
Children: £3.50 (3-16), under 3’s travel free.

See the railway’s web-site for timetable details: http://www.teifivalleyrailway.org
Telephone: 01559 371077

Walks at Henllan falls

There are paths on the north bank running in both directions: upstream following the gorge through forest, or downstream passing a lovely little graveyard and church. Both paths skirt beautiful sections of the river and forest, although they turn away from the river after a few hundred metres in each direction. They can be made into separate loops (approx. 3km, 5miles, each) that return through Henllan village, or can even be joined into a single loop. Sign-posting is not always good, and a map is essential

The path that begins heading downstream can be followed away from the river and under the Teifi Valley Railway line to reach the impressive gorge of Afon Cynllo, a tributary of the Teifi.

Map: OS Explorer 185 ( Newcastle Emlyn/Castell Newydd Emlyn)

Henllan bridge grid ref.: SN355401

Access: Paths are not suitable for wheelchairs.

Bus: The 460 service ( Carmarthen – Cardigan) runs via Henllan. For times see:

Parking: lay-by near bridge, or car park in centre of village.