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Cenarth is a fascinating village on the border of Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire. The focus of the village is the Cenarth Falls, a series of small waterfalls and pools on the River Teifi and a well known salmon leap.

The village lies on both sides of the Teifi River and the Cenarth Falls lie upstream from the river bridge, which has circular holes built into it to enable water to flow through it. Near the bridge there is a holy well, dedicated to 7th century St Ludoc, and there is a standing stone in the church yard of nearby St Llawddog.

There is a coracle museum overlooking the falls. The coracles are traditionally made of strips or laths of willow or ash which are then covered with calico or canvas which has been impregnated with pitch and tar or, in recent years, bitumastic paint. Coracles weigh between 25 and 40 pounds and can be carried on the shoulders of the coracle man. Fishermen would commonly walk five or ten miles upstream before drifting back down with the current.

There has been a mill at Cenarth at least since the C13th when Cenarth Mill came into the possession of Edward I when he became Lord of the Manor of Cenarth. There is evidence of another mill that was possibly destroyed during Glyndwr's campaigns in the early 1400.

Cenarth born Eluned Phillips was the first woman to win the Crown at the National Eisteddfod (not once, but twice) She knew the writer Dylan Thomas, the artist Augustus John, and the singer Edith Piaf.



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Map reference: SN 583818  Lat: 52.04468 Long: -4.53134

Cenarth is on the A484 from Newcastle Emlyn towards Cardigan.

Accessible by Public Transport: 21 miles from Carmarthen station

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