Visit Ammanford/Rhydaman and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, is called Rhydaman in Welsh, Until about 1880 this mining village at the edge of the high country of the Black Mountain of Carmarthenshire consisted of a few houses grouped round the Cross Inn, which still stands in the centre of the township. The name Ammanford replaced that of Cross Inn when the place expanded with the growth of the anthracite-mines. Ammanford is the centre of a district christened locally the “Land of the Pyramids”. But the “Land of the Pyramids” is far greener and more open than the old mining valleys further East and is backed by moorland and unspoilt hills. Ammanford, in the heyday of the anthracite coalfield at the beginning of the century, was also renowned through Wales as the home of Gwynfryn School, now the English Congregational chapel. Under Watcyn Wyn and the Rev. John Jenkins, later better known as Gwili, the Archdruid of Wales, the school produced a remarkable number of men who later made their mark in the public and religious life of the principality. Today the demand for the hard anthracitic coal has declined and the pits of the area are closed.
The Afon Aman joins the Loughor at Amman-ford, and united they flow through an unspoilt green valley down to Pontardulais. The upper reaches of the Aman are wide and open, holding the mining villages of Glanaman, Garnant, and Brynaman. From Brynaman the main road goes over the Black Mountain to take you out of the coalfield into the lush valley of the Towy. The views from the top of the road are splendid. George Borrow tramped over the pass in 1854 and spent an eventful night at the Farmers' Arms in Brynaman, then known as the Gwter Fawr. Gwauncaegurwen, just South of Brynaman, is shortened in local speech to “G-C-G”. It has a gaunt welfare hall and stands in Glamorgan, since the Aman stream forms the boundary between the two counties.
Nearby cities: Swansea
Nearby towns: Carmarthen, Llandeilo, Llanelli
Nearby villages: Aberdulais, Alltwen, Bettws, Broad Oak, Brynamman, Bynea, Capel Hendre, Carmel, Cilybebyll, Clydach, Cross Hands, Cwnfelin, Dryslwyn, Felindre, Ffairfach, Fforest, Garnant, Glais, Glanamman, Gorseinon, Hendy, Llanarthney, Llanddarog, Llanddeusant, Llandybie, Llandyry, Llanedi, Llanfynydd, Llangathen, Llangennech, Llangiwg, Llannon, Loughor, Morriston, Nantgaredig, Neath, Pontardawe, Pontarddulais, Pontyates, Pontyberem, Skewen, Trostre, Twyn Llanan, Tycroes, Ystalyfera, Ystradgynlais
Have you decided to visit Ammanford/Rhydaman or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
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- a Ammanford/Rhydaman self-catering establishment, or
- other Ammanford/Rhydaman accommodation