Our Vision

Conserve – Educate – Manage

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We work to promote and conserve the Cambrian Mountains’ irreplaceable sense of tranquillity and remoteness; precious habitats for plants and animals; and the traces of the past lives lived here.

John Parker, visiting in 1836, wrote:

“How softly, how sweetly varied are the colours of these visionary hills! They lull the spirit through the eye, and in all their swelling variations of green, or their casual rocks, or their channels of torrents, they act upon the mind like some tranquilising music, like that interval of divine worship when the plaintive organ steals into the farthest corners of a church, amid the silence of the priest and the congregation.”

Being so remote has left this beautiful landscape of hills, mountain rivers and widely scattered farms relatively undisturbed for centuries. Although sporadic small-scale mines were dug in the 18th and 19th century, all that is now left above-ground are crumbling ruins and the entrances to various shafts and adits. Nature and farming have rolled back across the terrain, providing a rare example of a surviving, largely intact pre-industrialised landscape.

The lack of widespread awareness of the area leads, however, to a real risk that these special qualities may be shattered by modern development. This is why the Society works to spread the word, so that simple failure to appreciate what is here today does not lead to thoughtless destruction tomorrow. Click on the tabs above to read more about the places, their history and their people.


Wilderness – or is it?

Upland areas such as the Cambrian Mountains look wild, but in reality the landscape has been crafted by human activity over thousands of years.  The major influences in modern times have been farming, forestry and mining; but the mines are now closed and upland farming, which has been in decline for some decades, faces a tough future.  Read more about the issues facing upland farmers and the hills themselves here.

The area offers a high quality of living away from the noise, pollution and stress of urban life, and many local towns have access to high broadband speeds at least as good as if not better than city centres.  The uplands are also some of the few remaining wide areas of land which have not yet been subject to high development or production pressure.  Nevertheless, changing economic pressures combined with climate change mean the uplands we know and love are continually under threat.

Want to know more?

Did you know?  you’ll find lots of information about the area, its plants, animals and people [here]

Things to do in the Cambrians Start here for some ideas of what our region has to offer.

Videos and programmes: you can watch our video Secret Wales, a recording of one of our past webinars or even catch up with our President Iolo Williams on BBC iPlayer as he goes hunting for some of the special birds and animals which live here, in his programs The Last Wilderness in Wales

Regenerative farming