Heritage Sites

Heritage sites in the uplands include sites such as Strata Florida and Dyfi Furnace.

Ffwrnais Dyfi Furnace Ystrad Fflur - Strata Florida

Photo Captions: (left) - Dyfi Furnace, (right) - Strata Florida

Strata Florida Abbey is set within the heart of Ceredigion' uplands.  Surrounding this area are important heritage routes which can be accessed on foot, by car or on a bike.  The Ystwyth Trail is near to Strata Florida.  There is a new public right of way which allows visitors to exit the Ystwyth Trail and cycle or walk up to Pontrhydfendigaid which is nearby to Strata Florida Abbey.  PLWM are working with their funding partner Cadw to enhance the visitor experience in the Uplands at Strata Florida.  PLWM will be helping to join up the routes around this area pertaining to heritage.

Information on Strata Florida Abbey: Initially founded in 1164 on a nearby site, the present buildings were erected under the patronage of the Lord Rhys (d. 1197). The Cistercians at Strata Florida were loyal supporters of the Welsh Princes. Traditional burial place of Dafydd ap Gwilym, one of the great poets of medieval Wales. OS map 135 SN: 831261.

Website: Strata Florida Abbey.

Dyfi Furnace is set at the northernmost tip of the Uplands of Ceredigion and is nearby to the mine site known as Ystrad Einion.  PLWM are working with the custodians of this scheduled monument Cadw to help put the region and its heritage jewels on the map, to work with other tourism partners in the region including the RSPB visitor centre Ynys Hir, Ceredigion Coast Path developments and more.  There is so much to do around this area for visitors which will be promoted through partnership working in the future.

Information on Furnace: The furnace  was originally constructed around 1755 for smelting iron ore, with fuel obtained from local woods and stord upstairs in the building. At this time, the waterwheel would have powered a huge pair of bellows which supplied compressed air vital for the blast furnace's operation. Most of the pig iron would have found its way to forges in the Midlands.

Apparently, the furnace only lasted for about 50 years before being abandoned. Some years later it was turned into a sawmill and a new waterwheel was installed to drive the machinery. This later waterwheel is the one that has been restored and is viewable today.

The waterfall nextdoor, where the River Einion drops, completes the picturesque scene. You may also like to venture further, to the nearby RSPB nature reserve at Ynys-hir.

There are more heritage gems in the uplands, we will write more about those soon.