Ten things you might not know about the Cambrian Mountains

Llanwrtyd Wells, the smallest town in Britain ©Crown Copyright (VisitWales)

Llanwrtyd Wells, the smallest town in Britain ©Crown Copyright (VisitWales)

Ten things you might not know about the Cambrian Mountains

1. Two of Britain’s longest rivers start in the Cambrian Mountains. The sources of the river Wye and Severn come from the Plynlimon, the highest point in the Cambrian Mountains.

2. Britain’s smallest town is situated in the Cambrian Mountains called Llanwrtyd Wells

3. The Cambrian Mountains is a hikers paradise, there are miles and miles of open land, with three mountains over 700 metres high.

World Championships Bog Snorkelling Llanwrtyd Wells©Crown Copyright (VisitWales)

 Bog Snorkelling ©Crown Copyright (VisitWales)

4. Home to Britain’s most famous quirkiest festivals and events such as: Bog snorkeling, horse vs man, real ale ramble and real ale wobble, more information here

5. The Cambrian Mountains is an area that has been a stopping point for many a Welsh legends… Wales’ very own Robin Hood ‘Twm Sion Cati’ used to roam around in the Cambrian mountains

6. One of the World’s most famous cows “Welsh Black” originates from the Cambrian Mountains

7. Gold and silver mines… and home to the only known Roman gold mine in Britain, which is now a wonderful museum, Dolaucothi Gold Mines 

8. Home to the Centre For Alternative Technology which was founded in 1973

9. There’s a Florida in the Cambrian Mountains! Strata Florida Abbey is a medieval abbey which dates back to 1164.

10. Home to the National Wool Museum, it’s no surprise that it’s situated in the Cambrian Mountains with so much open land for sheep to graze on and a tradition for sheep farming wool is a very big resource in the area.

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