Home > Historic Landscape Characterisation > Dolaucothi >



Historic Background
A narrow area covering the northern side of the Cothi valley. It once lay within Cwmwd Caeo of Cantref Mawr which remained an independent Welsh lordship until 1284 (Rees n.d.) and largely retained native systems of tenure throughout the Medieval period. The steep slopes lie beneath deciduous woodland which has probably existed throughout the historic period. Such enclosures that exist are continuations of boundaries from Area 251, which are all late, being 19th century in origin (Cynwyl Gaeo tithe map, 1840). There is now no settlement, and none is recorded in the past.

Base map reproduced from the OS map with the permission of Ordnance Survey on behalf of The Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office, Crown Copyright 2001.
All rights reserved. Unauthorised reproduction infringes Crown Copyright and may lead to prosecution or civil proceedings. Licence Number: GD272221

Description and essential historic landscape components
This small but nevertheless distinct character area lies on very steep and craggy southeast-facing slopes in the upper Cothi valley. Apart from a few small pockets of open moorland, the whole area is wooded. Nearly all of this woodland is semi-natural deciduous, with a few small conifer plantations.

There is no recorded archaeology in this area, and no buildings.

This is a very distinct character area. It is bounded either by semi-open high land or farms and fields of the valley bottom.







[click for navigation menu if not present]