Today we headed north to explore the area north of Aberystwyth taking to the narrow back roads again. Our first stop was the small seaside town of Borth which is hemmed in by the sea on one side and a vast peat bog on the other. It was not much of a place but we walked up the hill in a strong wind to get a view over the bay.
Just further on we found the Ynyslas nature reserve which sits on the southern side of the Dyfi estuary. This area not only gave great views along the estuary but was an area of some impressive sand dunes but not in Denmark’s league.
We then went inland to the small village of Furnace, which as its name suggests, grew principally as an industrial centre for silver refining and iron smelting. The remaining evidence of this is the Dyfi Furnace with its immense water wheel used to drive bellows.
After exploring the Dyfi Furnace we travelled a few miles through Machynlieth the other side of the estuary to visit the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT). This almost small village was set up in the 1970’s in a once derelict slate quarry. The idea was to develop and test renewable and sustainable technology such as wind, sun and water. The facility aims to educate about these technologies. It was an interesting place to visit.