History

Ancient Abergwesyn

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A man-made landscape

The views are spectacular from the Craig Goch Dam

The views are spectacular from the Craig Goch Dam

The wild and rugged expanse of Abergwesyn contrasts beautifully with its more manicured neighbour, the Elan Valley. The Elan Valley is most noted for its lavish countryside and its vast reservoirs. Building work began on the reservoirs in 1893. Small villages were evacuated and flooded to make way for the spectacular reservoirs and dams that characterise the Elan Valley today.

Built to provide water for Birmingham, the reservoirs now provide a focal point for tourists to the area. Perhaps the most famous of them all is the Craig Goch reservoir with its enormous dam. The Elan Valley is a great place to go after visiting the hauntingly beautiful Abergwesyn Commons. Together the two areas make quite diverse and fascinating neighbours.

 

Rhos Saith Maen

Rhos Saith Maen looks pretty today but imagine being here in the Stone Age

Rhos Saith Maen is an atmospheric tract of moorland between Y Gamriw and Drum Ddu.

What's left of the standing stone is the closest thing to the Stone Age that we've found at Abergwesyn. There's not much left now but use your imagination and think of what life might have been like up here between 6,000-2,000BC.

It may look pretty and picturesque today but it's quite likely this landscape would have seemed a bleaker place to our Stone Age ancestors.

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