18. Llechryd

llechrydbridgeThe Bridge at Llechryd

At Llechryd a long bridge spans the river, which is wide by this point in its course. In the late 18 th century the village had a metal works – first producing iron and then later tin – that employed 300 men at the peak of its production. Only a few ruins remain of this industry on the banks of the Teifi here.

A few hundred metres downstream from the bridge stands a large country house – now Castell Malgwyn Hotel – with its estate farm, cutting a striking figure amongst the trees by the Teifi.

Walks:

1) The riverside walk to Cilgerran or Cardigan, which passes through the gorge, can be started here. Cilgerran is approx. 3km (2 miles) away. Not suitable for wheelchairs.

2) Small roads on the right bank will take you a few hundred metres to the gate of Coed Maidie B. Goddard Nature Reserve, which is maintained by the Wildlife Trust Wales. There is lay-by parking at the entrance to the reserve and an information board. The reserve is 15 hectares and has footpaths. Not suitable for wheelchairs.

Os Maps: Explorer 198 (Cardigan and New Quay); Explorer 185 ( Newcastle Emlyn)

Llechryd grid ref.: SN218437

Bus: The 460 ( Carmarthen – Cardigan) service runs via Llechryd.

For times see:www.ceredigion.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=483

Parking: Lay-by/roadside next to bridge

Facilities in Llechryd:

Pub, chapel, antique shop.

Nearby:

Welsh Bird of Prey centre at Blaenwen (Llangoedmor, Cardigan)

www.welshbirdofpreycentre.co.uk

(tel. 01239 811550)