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Caio to Porthyrhyd

Caio (SN 675397) was a busy drovers’ village in the 18th & 19th Centuries, but 1,500 years earlier it had been busier still: the Romans had found gold under a mile away, outside Pumsaint1.  Drovers leaving Caio for Porthyrhyd were on a Roman road.


The route starts on tarmac, but at Aberbowlan (696389), about a mile south-east of Caio, you’ll see a track going off to the left (#1).  This is where the fun begins.  You’ll need waterproof footwear to cross the ford, but the one-mile walk across the hill to Drovers’ Farm is one of the best in Wales. 


First comes the watery section (#2), then a hill where the path is worn down to bedrock (#3) leads you to grassy uplands (#4) before coming down to Drovers’ Farm in Porthyryd, where the Jones family showed us the outbuildings of the old inn where the cattlemen slept (foreground of #5).  No room for a picture of the stance opposite or the open fireplace inside.


After Porthyrhyd the beasts were driven north-east to Cilycwm – see separate article – or south-east to Llandovery.  Then it was up Eppynt, either way.

1 Always referred to as the Dolaucothi Goldmine, after the hill just north of it.  The National Trust owns it now, and allows you to pan for gold.  Don't rush...

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Turn on the left..
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A Bit of Tolkein...
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A bit of bedrock...
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Up on top
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The old Drovers' Arms