Whenever I was passing through Machynlleth on the way to North Wales, I kept promising myself that the following time I would make it my final travel destination, but somehow I never actually managed it – I only paid a fleeting visit to this place. Machynlleth is not one of the biggest towns but it is known for its clock tower, situated right in the middle of the road, and the house of Owain Glyndŵr’s Parliament of 1404.
Wherever I went in Wales, whatever I visited, Owain Glyndŵr had been there, too. 🙂 He played an important role in Welsh history, therefore, obviously, I had to, even for a brief moment, at least touch the famous walls in Machynlleth. Unfortunately, I did not have an opportunity to go through the massive gate and see the museum behind it.
The architecture of Machynlleth is typical for Welsh villages; however, you might notice a few houses made of stone, so characteristic for North Wales.
Owain Glyndŵr was a historical figure, and I will write about him later in a separate post…
When driving south on A487, between Machynlleth and Aberystwyth, you may come across a pearl of the 18th century industrial Wales.
Built in 1755, a huge furnace had served to smelt an iron ore for half a century. The waterwheel powered bellows inside, which in turn supplied compressed air needed to operate the furnace. After 50 years the furnace was left abandoned. Later the building was transformed into a sawmill and the waterwheel was replaced. That waterwheel, now restored, is still there and that was what caught my eye when we were heading home from Machynlleth!
As usual in Wales (and in the whole Great Britain), some heritage sites like that one are open for everyone, without any entrance fees; there is just an information board next to it explaining what is what. A disadvantage of such a solution is the fact that sometimes you cannot get inside and look into every nook and cranny. That applies to Dyfi Furnace, as well…