Distance: 8.5 km
Grade: moderate, mainly side roads and good paths.
Transport links: There are buses from Llangeitho to Lampeter and Aberystwyth via Tregaron.
See http://www.traveline.cymru for details.
Walk through the middle of Llangeitho to Gwynfil Chapel and the statue of Daniel Rowlands. Go up the steps to the right of the chapel, up the grassy slope behind it and over a stile which seems to have lost its waymark. The next bit can be veryovergrown – persevere and keep the hedge to your right as best you can. Go through a gate, along a short section of very overgrown track and through a double gate.
At SN 6215 5969 turn left on a stony track.
At SN 6219 5973, just before the cottage, bear right and walk up to a gate. Walk diagonally up the next field to a gate and stile in the top left corner. Bear slightly left across the next field to cross a stile in the top hedge. Follow the line of trees to your right and go through the gate at the top right corner of the field.
At SN 6263 5961 turn left on the track to Birch Hill farm. Just before the farm, the footpath has very sensibly been diverted to bypass the farm yard. Go through a pedestrian gate to your left and walk to the left of the farmyard wall. Continue on the same line down the field with the hedge to your right. (The old lane from the farm is still there as a hollow way to your right but impassable in places.)
At SN 6305 5976, the bottom right corner of the field, go through the gate and bear left across the next field. This takes you to a stony track and a causeway over a little stream. Follow the track but don’t go through the gate to the left. Keep the hedge to your left and walk up hill, then go through the gate at the top left corner of the field. Continue up hill with the hedge to your left.
At SN 6335 6001, near the top left corner of the field, go through a gate to your left. Continue on the same line to the left of the hedge and go through the gate at the top right of the next field. Turn left and follow the hedge on your left to another gate.
At SN 6334 6018 go through the gate and turn right on the track to Llanbadarn Odyn church. At the end of the track, you can turn left and walk down to the church. Retrace your steps along the road. In a little over half a mile, you cross the famous Roman road known as Sarn Helen after Helen the mother of Constantine, who became a figure in Welsh legend. Continue straight on along a metalled lane which becomes a farm track. Ignore the turnings to Trewain and Glangors farms.
At SN 6472 5988 the track turns left then right to go through the farmyard at Tan-y-bryn. Pass to the left of the bungalow then turn left through the old farmyard.
At SN 6513 6008, just after the old farmhouse, a bridle gate to the right leads to a heavily overgrown track. (You can if necessary bypass this by going along the lane and through the next gate to the right.) Follow the hedge to your right round the field.
At SN 6531 6000 go through a bridle gate at the far corner of the field. Walk along the stony track round the right of the next field then through another gate in the far hedge (SN 6558 6021). Follow the hedge to your right round the next field, past a waymarking post, along a fence and up to a gate. Walk up the hedge to your right, then when it bends to the right walk straight on across the last part of the field.
At SN 6540 6065 go through the gate and turn right on a stony track. When another track joins from the right, turn left and walk through three gates. The track becomes a metalled lane and bends sharply to the right.
At SN 6630 6050, when the lane turns sharply left, follow the waymarked track to the right through the farmyard marked as Derlwyn on the OS map but named as Brynderi in the ‘Paths for People’ booklet (oddly, the footpath here seems to have been diverted to run through the farmyard). Turn left in front of the farmhouse and go down a stony track. When this bears right into a field, take the grassy track ahead of you.
At SN 6659 6038 bear left across the next field and down to the Teifi. Cross the footbridge at SN 6692 6009. Walk up the far bank and along the hedge to your left.
At SN 6691 5991 go through a gate into the farmyard at Bryn and turn left to walk along the farm lane. Bear right into the farmyard at Ystrad Caron then left on a metalled track past the school to the main road. The chapel on the corner, Capel Bwlch-gwynt, is another key place in the story of Welsh nonconformity. Turn left and walk over the bridge into Tregaron. Here you have your second statue of the day. Henry Richard, the peace campaigner, was born in Tregaron (the son of another Calvinistic Methodist minister) and went on to serve as MP for the Merthyr Boroughs.
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