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Ceredigion County Council
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Mid and West Wales (Regional)
- For other uses please see Ceredigion (disambiguation)
Ceredigion is a county in Wales. It was previously part of Dyfed (along with Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire) and before that it was known as Cardiganshire or Sir Aberteifi in Welsh. It is a coastal county, bordered by Cardigan Bay to the west, Gwynedd to the north, Powys to the east, Carmarthenshire to the south, and Pembrokeshire to the south-west.
Its area is 440,630 acres (1783 km²). The population of the county is 64,000. From 1974 until 1996 it was a district in the county of Dyfed, under the name of 'Ceredigion'. It was split out again on April 1, 1996 as Cardiganshire, only to change its name back to 'Ceredigion' on April 2.
For a county of such a small population, it may be considered unusual that two universities are within the county boundaries: The University of Wales, Aberystwyth and the University of Wales, Lampeter.
The Cambrian Mountains cover much of the east of the county; this large area forms part of the desert of Wales. In the south and west the surface is less elevated. The highest point is Plynlimon at 2,486 feet (758 m), where five rivers have their source: the Severn, the Wye, the Dulas, the Llyfnant and River Rheidol, the last of which meets the Afon Mynach in a 300 foot (100 m) plunge at the Devil's Bridge chasm. The 50 miles (80 km) of coastline has many sandy beaches. The largest river is the River Teifi which forms the border with Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire for much of its length. Other significant rivers include the River Aeron which has its estuary at Aberaeron, the River Ystwyth and the River Rheidol both of which reach the sea in Aberystwyth harbour
Places of special interest: Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth (SN5881); Devil's Bridge (SN7477); Strata Florida Abbey (SN7465); Aberystwyth Electric Cliff Railway, Vale of Rheidol Railway (SN5881). Aberystwyth Castle, Nanteos Mansion , Welsh Gold Centre Tregaron, Llywernog Silver Lead Mine
Places in Ceredigion
- Llanddewi Brefi
- New Quay
- Newcastle Emlyn
see also List of places in Ceredigion
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