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How to get to Maes Gylfinir
The very best way to approach this part of Mid Wales is along the A44 from Llangurig. The road is busy but it offers you the most spectacular scenery and an easier drive than other routes.
Maes Gylfinir – it means ‘The Curlew Field’ – is situated on the B4340, 13 miles south-east of Aberystwyth, in the quiet village of Ystrad Meurig. The entrance to our driveway is 0.5 miles to the east of the staggered junction at the centre of Ystrad Meurig and 1.3 miles to the west of the village of Pontrhydfendigaid, and is next to a red post box.
If you get badly lost, ask any of the locals for the Old Post Office in Ystrad Meurig. Our drive is the next turning to the east of the Old Post Office, about 200 yards.
If you would like to buy the Ordnance Survey map we recommend the Landranger 135. The map reference of Maes Gylfinir is SN 711 672.
The route cross-country via Devils Bridge.
On the A44, continue west from Llangurig to the village of Ponterwyd. Turn south at Ponterwyd onto the A4120. Drive through Devils Bridge and ignore the left turn to Cwmystwyth by the old-fashioned AA box. Pass the entrance to the Vale of Rheidol Railway on your right and a shop called Y Caban on your left. After a further 200 yards turn left onto the B4343, signed to Tregaron.
Continue on this road through Pontrhydygroes, Ysbyty Ystwyth and Ffair Rhos. IGNORE the minor roads signed to Ystrad Meurig at both Ysbyty Ystwyth and Ffair Rhos! Just continue on the B4343 until you reach Pontrhydfendigaid.
At Pontrhydfendigaid turn sharp right onto the B4340 towards Ystrad Meurig and Aberystwyth. After 1 mile observe the village sign and the 40mph speed restriction sign. Our drive is the second entrance on the left after the village sign. It is just BEFORE the red triangular ‘Horses’ sign and the red post box on the left-hand side.
Continue down our drive, all the way to the bottom.
If you are tired and don’t fancy the cross-country route from the A44, drive into Aberystwyth first. In Aberystwyth you can stock-up with food and fuel.
The Route via Aberystwyth
From Llangurig continue on the A44 west towards Aberystwyth, eventually passing the turning for the A4159 north to Machynlleth. About 1 ½ miles beyond this turning on the A44 you pass under a dangerously narrow railway bridge, and about ½ mile further is a double mini-roundabout. You are now in the town of Aberystwyth.
Turn sharp left at this double roundabout (signed to the A4120, Southgate) and IGNORE the immediate right turn marked A44 Aberystwyth.
Continue over the two level crossings to the large roundabout opposite the Morrisons supermarket. Take the first exit from this roundabout and proceed up the steep hill to the roundabout at the top. Turn left (A487 to Cardigan).
After about 200 yards turn left onto the A4120 Devils Bridge road, IMMEDIATELY turn right onto the B4340, signed to Trawscoed.
Ystrad Meurig is about a 20 minute drive along this road, via the villages of Y Gors, Abermagwr, Trawscoed and Tynygraig.
As you enter the village of Ystrad Meurig you will notice the staggered junction at the centre of the village. Continue for a further 0.5 mile. After a couple of white houses on the left you will notice, on the right, a triangular sign, warning of horse riders.
You are now within 200 yards of our driveway. The road bears left. IGNORE the lane on the right-hand side then observe, on the right, the red post box on a pole. Just after the post box turn right (south) into our driveway. Continue down the drive, all the way to the bottom.