The Cambrian Mountains

Conserving the Cambrian Mountains

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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.

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.

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.”

We couldn’t say it better ourselves.  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.