Llandysul - West Wales Town

Llandysul

On the banks of the river Teifi lies the small idyllic and unspoilt market town of Llandysul, a town steeped in history and welsh culture. Llandysul is situated on the lower half of the river and it has often been said that the river is the heart of the town. Thus, many of the local attractions within the area are linked to the river.

White Water Slalom Canoeing has developed considerably in Llandysul and Pont Tyweli since the 1970s. The local canoe club, the Llandysul Paddlers has been established for over twenty years, and is host to up to five National Competitions annually. The white water canoe centre is considered as being one of the best in Britain. Due to the excellence standards that the club adheres to and the quality of natural resources available, a number of the Llandysul paddlers represent Wales at international level.

The area is also very popular with anglers. Llandysul Angling Association provides fishing for visiting anglers on 30 miles of the River Teifi. The Teifi is famous for its fishing and for its Salmon and Sea Trout.

Llandysul

Due to its river location and its close proximity to the raw material Llandysul was once a centre for the woollen industry, much of which has since disappeared. Before modernisation and the invention of electricity, the river Teifi played an integral part in the woollen industry, driving many of the waterwheels needed for production. Although the Woollen industry is still going (but at a fraction of its heyday production) the importance of this industry is exemplified by the fact that the National Museum of Wales’s, Museum of the Welsh Woollen industry is situated nearby in the village of Drefach Velindre.

Llandysul is also home to a beautiful church that dates back to the thirteenth century; however, it is believed that the church stands on the remains of what was once an ancient foundation. Evidence suggests that Llandysul has been subjected to many different influences over the years, namely from that of the Romans and the Celts. Evidence for Roman influences can be noted in sites such as Coedfoel which is an embanked dwelling that is linked with the Romans. Llandysul has also been connected with other figures and events in Welsh and English history, for example it is connected with Owain Glyn Dwr and was host to some of the fighting during the English civil war of the seventeenth century.

Today Llandysul is a thriving market town, that is ideally situated for exploring West Wales and the many attractions the surrounding counties have to offer. You can look forward to exploring Llandysul itself, which offers a wide variety of shops, it is a haven for those who like being in the outdoors, with beautiful walks to enjoy and is an ideal location for cyclists to explore. For the more adventurous, you could enjoy what the river Teifi has to offer, whether it is canoeing or fishing. Llandysul is also home to a variety of different events that are held throughout the year. With the most popular being the carnival in July, the river and walking festival in August and the Llandysul show in September. There is no end to what Llandysul has to offer.

Further a field, are the market towns of Newcastle Emlyn and Cardigan, and the larger towns of Carmarthen and Lampeter. Llandysul is situated about twenty minutes from some of the most spectacular coastlines in Britain, in the form of Cardigan Bay. There are many other local attractions that will keep you entertained and spoilt for choice.