to Aberystwyth. ABERYSTWYTH. 38. Route. 281
From Dovey Junction the Aberystwyth train descends the left
bank of the Dovey to (667-2 M.) Glandyfi. Above the station is the
pretty little Glandovey Castle.
*Froji Glandyfi to Machynlleth dy the Llyfnant Valley and Pistyll
y-Llyn, 9 M. This walk (comp. p. 280) is especially beautiful in autumn.
From the station we follow the highroad to Machynlleth for V«M., and
then ascend the lane to the right (guide-post, 'Llyfnant Valley'). At the
C/3 M.) fork we keep to the right. The track ascends through a beauti¬
fully wooded valley, and then descends to (2'/2 M.) Glas-Pwll, a small
house embosomed among trees. At Glas-Pwll we cross a foot-bridge over
a tributary brook and immediately reach another bridge over the main
stream. The fall of Cwm Rhaiadr lies to our right, about 3/4 M. up this
stream, the best route ascending on the right bank (i. e. to our left as
we ascend). The gorge with the fall is very picturesque. Instead of
returning to the road at Glas-Pwll we may scramble up the high side of
the gorge and so reach the road on the N. side of the valley, by which
we proceed to the right to O/2 M.) Gallt-y-Bladur Farm. [If we return to
the road at Glas-Pwll, we follow it for 150 yds., and then turn to the
right to reach the farm.] Near this farm we obtain the best view of the
fall of Pistyll-y-Llyn, which lies about IV2 M. to the S.; it is unnecessary
to go nearer. We now return to the (1 M.) Machynlleth road, which leads
to the N. of Glas-Pwll. After about I1/-! M., at the foot of a descent,
we cross a stream and ascend the middle track, avoiding those which lead
to the right and left through gates. After 5 min. we pass some cottages
on the right and soon obtain a view of the Dovey valley to the left. The
road then dips once more, but re-ascends to the C/4 M.) point from which
we make our final descent to the highroad through the Dovey valley.
Machynlleth soon comes into sight; and a well-marked footpath to the
right, at a cottage, cuts off a corner. — 1 M. Machynlleth, see p. 279.
The train now skirts the S. side of the Dovey Estuary. — 73 M.
Borth (Borth Hotel; Cambrian; Rail. Rfmt. Rooms), a small water¬
ing-place, with a sandy beach and a good golf-eourse. A walk may
be taken from Borth to (5 M.) Bedd Taliesin (p. 280), with the
burial cairn of Taliesin, the greatest of the Welsh bards (6th cent.).
— 7572 M- Llanfihangel (p. 280), a pretty little spot; 77 M. Bow
Street. The train now makes a wide sweep to the left and enters
(81 M.) Aberystwyth from the S.E.
Aberystwyth (^Queen's. R. from 4s. Gd., D. 5s., Bellevue, R.
from 3s., D. 3s. Gd., Cambria, at the Pier, Waterloo Temperance, all
facing the sea; Lion Royal, an old-fashioneu hor.se; Talbot, these
two in the town; White Horse; Smith's; Lodging Houses), situated
at the confluence of tho Ystwylh and Rheidol, which here unite just
before entering the sea, is a watering-place with 8013 inhabitants.
The beach, which is well adapted for bathing and yields cornelians,
agates, and other pebbles, is flanked by a Marine Promenade, I72 M.
in length, with a pier (adm. 2d.). To the S.W., on a rocky promontory
descending abruptly to the sea, are the ruins of an old Castle, erected
by Gilbert de Strongbow at the beginning of the 12th cent., and
finally destroyed by Cromwell. The grounds afford an admirable
view of the Welsh mountains, including (in clear weather) Snowdon.
Adjoining the castle-grounds stands the University College of Wales
(300 students), an imposing though somewhat irregular building,
opened in 1872 (adm. Gd.; during vacation daily, 10-1 and 2-5, at