The source of the Teifi is Llyn Teifi, one of a group of lakes situated approximately 5 km (3 miles) East of the small village of Ffair Rhos, 455m (about 1500 ft) up the western slopes of the Cambrian Mountains. Together, Llyn Teifi, Llyn Hir, Llyn Gorlan, and Llyn Egnant, make up the Teifi Pools, which can be reached by footpath from the south, or by a small road from Ffair Rhos running to the North of the pools.
The lakes were famed even in medieval times for the quality of trout and eel fishing to be had here, and deep enough that at least one was believed to be unfathomable. They are still fished and (since their damming in the 1950s) now provide a drinking water supply for the surrounding area and the coastal belt of Ceredigion to the West.
The landscape here is stark, wild, and extraordinarily beautiful. Around the lakes there are good opportunities for walking and views down to Cors Caron (Tregaron Bog) and the Teifi Valley.
Evidence of the glacial activity that formed the lakes can be seen in the deposited stones called “erratics”, which are scattered around the lakes (particularly of note are those near Llyn Gorlan, which stand in a rough circle).
Walks: There is a circular walk of approx. 10km (6 miles) that passes between the lakes. The route forms a loop passing along the Western edge of Llyn Egnant (with Llyn Bach, Llyn Gorian, and Llyn Hir lying to the West of the path), and crosses the Teifi where it flows out of Llyn Teifi as a stream. It can be walked starting at either access point: from the road to the North of Llyn Teifi or by parking in the small lay-by near Tyncwm Farm to the south.
A tail can be added from the southern side of the loop, extending for another 2 ¼ km (1 ½ miles) along a small road to Strata Florida. The path is not sign-posted all along its length and a map is essential.
See: Pathfinder Guide: Ceredigion Walks (Jarrold Publishing, 2003)
OS map: Pathfinder 968 (Bronnant and Pontrhydfendigaid)
Teifi Pools grid ref.: SN781675
Access and parking: Access is via a single lane road with parking in lay bys or on firm roadside areas.
Pontrhydfendigaid (and a pub in Ffair Rhos).
Richard J. Colyer, The Teifi: Scenery and Antiquities of a Welsh River, (Llandysul: Gomer Press, 1987)