Tynygraig - Unmarked / Caradoc

 

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List Number - 67

Name on maps:

Unmarked / Caradoc

English Name:

 

Place:

Tynygraig

River:

Sychnant / Nant Cwmtarw.

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: Nil

        OS Landranger Map: 135

                   Map Reference: SN694696

Rating (1 is low,5 is high): 

 Access:  Oh! The story derives from George Cuthbertson’s

‘Attempt to Describe Hafod’ (page 115) v. In 1796 he told that, “Cwm Caradoc is said to have been named from a man who rode into it on horseback and was killed, as he might will have be by the fall”.

 

Looking at my picture today. I could well see, in past times, before the bridge, when there was just a ford, riding with young friends, a warrior or soldier could well have taken a sharp turn at dusk, into what looks like a dark wet street…a bit dark… until the horse is spurred onto that last great jump…some 30 to 40 metres, (approx. 100 feet), higher than they think.

 

Or was it a goad that led to a man saying that he could ride down the fall?  If he did, well what can you say other than he was the greatest horseman ever, Or a dead hero? Well the story will probably will change in the next 200 years!

 

 

 

 

Comment: There is a story with this waterfall, which is in a private garden. The owner’s son, kindly let me view the waterfall. The unnamed river powered three mills the lower being a corn mill. Tom kindly showed me some snow-covered steps to a tree, which gave a good view of the fall. Tied around the tree was a fixed climbing rope leading down to the bottom of the snow-covered ravine! Tom offered this as a means of descent  (at this point I could hear my old training Sergeant goading me for not doing it, and it would give you ‘good people’ (Johnny Kingdom) a better view of the fall!). I declined!

The waterfall was good, high with icicles hanging to its edges. It was a much more dominant fall than I expected. Tom told me that it was totally frozen over about two years previously (approx. 2002), what a sight that must have been! About two weeks previously the river had been in full flood and I don’t doubt that it was impressive. The three mills are impressive and at the time of my visit, March 2004, the present owner had done a lot to restore the mills but one of the leats were still dry and the old Corn Mill was now the owners home.

 

Google Map: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&q=Tynygraig&ie=UTF8&ll=52.308098,-3.919619&spn=0.001856,0.00457&t=h&z=18&iwloc=addr

 

 

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