21.5.11

Aber Bucket List #2: achieved

Around these parts there is legend which tells of a secret kingdom called Cantre'r Gwaelod, long lost underneath the waves of Cardigan Bay.
The story goes that that land of Cantre'r Gwaelod, which was hugely rich and fertile, was protected by a series of dykes and sluice gates. One night one of the watchmen drank too much at a party and failed to notice a storm sweeping up to the shore. He didn’t manage to close the sluice gates in time and the whole kingdom was swept away by the sea.
These types of legends are typical across the world as rising sea levels during the end of the ice-age claimed areas that were previously dry land.
One of the stark pieces of evidence for this lost land is what we went in search of on Thursday. But in order to find it we had to wait for just the right time…
If you go down to Borth beach at low tide you’ll begin to spot what look like clumps of rocks stretching intermittently for three or four miles along the shore, but on closer inspection they’ll turn out to be a lot more interesting that you first imagine.


These are stumps of ancient Oak, Pine, Birch, Willow and Hazel trees which grew in this spot around five thousand years ago, and have since been preserved by peat.

Although I’ve lived here for nearly seven years I had never managed to see the famous Submerged Forest – hence why it made it onto out bucket list.



Although it took us a while to find them in the huge expanse of beach between Borth and Ynyslas it was worth the search. They were amazing. I didn’t expect it to look {or feel} so much like wood, but you could still see the grain and patterns, and in places the root systems of the trees were clearly visible.

This is clear evidence that dry land used to stretch out further into Cardigan Bay than it does now…but as to whether there really was a kingdom which is now hidden beneath the waves we may never know the truth. Apparently you can still hear the bells tolling in times of immense danger – so I’ll keep my ears pricked.
Josh and Rachel’s Aberystwyth Bucket List

1. Watch the sun rise from Pendinas {the hill above the town}
2. See the submerged forest in Borth
3. Visit
Soar y Mynydd
4. Buy a love spoon
5. Walk from Llanfair Clydogau to Tregaron
6. Have a bonfire and BBQ on the beach
7. Have a meal at the
Harbour Master
8. Go dancing with all the gang
9. Visit Strata Florida
10. See Aberystwyth from the sea

4 comments:

  1. Wow, that submerged forest is quite something! Beautiful pictures!

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  2. WOW! That's pretty amazing. Your pictures are beautiful.

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  3. Awesome pictures and story! I think I should add that to MY bucket list...

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  4. What a beautiful place! Love the pics!

    You are exactly right about Netflix, they mail movies straight to your house, and they are a bunch that are available instantly online.

    I've never read anything by Kate. Do you have a favorite of hers? I'll have to check it out! : )

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