The Afon Teifi is one of the most beautiful rivers in Wales. It flows 75 miles from its source, the Teifi Pools (Llyn Teifi) near Tregaron in the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains, to its mouth at Cardigan (Aberteifi). It forms the border between the West Wales counties of Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion and is a renowned fishing river.
Waterfalls and Coracles
One jewel is the extensive waterfall and rapids complex at Cenarth Falls.
The river has a great reputation for fishing, with abundant stocks of salmon, trout and grayling. In the autumn, salmon can be seen leaping near the 200-year-old bridge.
Near the falls, the Coracle Museum displays traditional light-weight boats of bent sticks and waterproofed hides. Few fishermen use coracles nowadays, but many love the challenge of paddling them. The annual coracle races attract competitors from all over the world.
Popular Places in the Teifi Valley
In the north at Tregaron is the Red Kite Centre. Great for the kids is Henllan, where you can take a trip on the Teifi Valley Railway, a 2-foot gauge steam railway. For adults there are the Victorian woollen mills of Drefach Felindre and site of the Welsh Wool Museum.
Between Lampeter and Newcastle Emlyn, Norwood Gardens has 3 acres of themed areas including the Quiet Garden and the Bog Garden without a bog. There's a Tea Room for light lunch, coffee and cake or cream tea.
Cilgerran is a treasure chest. The National Trust castle dates from 1110 and overlooks a river gorge which was depicted in a painting by Turner. The nearby Castle Kitchen is a great place to visit for a meal if you like good portions and fancy sitting next to a working model railway. St. Llawddog’s churchyard contains a megalithic standing stone covered in Irish Ogham writing. There is also the burial site of William Edmond Logan, the first director of the Geological Survey of Canada and mapper of the South Wales coal mines. Also nearby is the Welsh Bird of Prey Centre.
Before reaching Cardigan the river passes through reed-beds and water meadows where otters and badgers make their homes. Nearby is the extensive Welsh Wildlife Centre at Cilgerran where even Asian water buffalo can be seen in summer. They were introduced to help manage the reed beds by eating reed and willow to open up the habitat and creating ponds by wallowing.
Our favourite things to do in The Teifi Valley area
Go Cenarth Cheese, sample the prize winning cheeses and watch them being made.
Visit Cenarth, see the falls, the craft shops and have home made cakes at Ty Te
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