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197 Trap character
area consists of enclosed land of small irregular enclosures and
pockets of larger regular enclosures. The settlement pattern is
of dispersed houses and farms with a cluster of 19th century and
modern dwellings at Trap.
Cennen character area lies in the upper Cennen valley which
has heavily wooded steep slopes, and enclosed land with dispersed
farms on flatter land.
y Derwyddon character area is a small area of rough and improved
pasture surrounded by a dry-stone wall separating unenclosed moorland
from lower lying enclosed and settled land.
character area is situated on gentle north-facing slopes and consists
or improved pasture divided into fairly regular medium-sized fields.
The settlement pattern is one of widely dispersed farms. Farmhouses
and outbuildings are mostly 19th century in date and stone-built.
character area lies in the upper Sawdde valley at the foot of the
Black Mountain. It consists of large dispersed farms, small- to
medium-sized fields and woodland. Farmhouses mostly date to the
18th- and 19th-century and are associated with a wide range of outbuildings.
character area contains several former estates. Some of the mansions
survive, but the main influence on the historic character by the
estates was the creation of a 'parkland' landscape.
Rhiwiau character area lies across a ridge. Though formerly
enclosed, many of the old banks and hedges are now derelict and
the landscape has an open appearance. There are no settlements.
230 Pen Arthur
Plantation character area lies across a high ridge and the valley
sides of the Afon Sawdde. It comprises of 20th century forestry
which has been planted over former fields. Dwellings survive in
small clearings in the plantation.
character area lies across a ridge which rises out of an area of
rich farmland. Though formerly enclosed, many of the hedges and
dry-stone wall boundaries have broken down and the area is now a
patchwork of improved pasture, rough grazing, moorland and conifer
character lies in an open valley and consists of dispersed farms
and fairly regular fields of pasture. The village of Myddfai with
its medieval church provides a focus for the area.
Gwynfe character area consists of rolling enclosed farmland,
dispersed farms and scattered deciduous woodland which fringes open
moorland of the Black Mountain.
character area lies across a low ridge and consists of improved
pasture which has been divided into large fields. Hedges to the
fields are now mostly derelict, giving an unenclosed appearance
to the landscape.
character area lies across the valley bottom of the Afon Brān
and comprises of large fields of improved pasture which are divided
by well-kept hedges, dispersed farms, but very little woodland or
character area lies on steep southwest-facing slopes on the edge
of the Black Mountain. Though formerly enclosed by dry-stone walls
and banks, this area is rapidly reverting to moorland. A deserted
farmstead is situated here.
y Ferdre character area lies across hills and very steep valley
sides. It is entirely composed of woodland, both old deciduous and
20th century conifer plantations.
Forest - Usk Reservoir character area consists of a large 20th
century conifer plantation and a 20th century reservoir. Both were
established over what was mainly unenclosed moorland
Wernwgan - Foel Fraith Quarries character area occupies the
northern edge of the Black Mountain. The land is unenclosed moorland.
The remains of the limestone quarrying industry are obvious elements
of the historic landscape.
240 The Black
Mountain - Y Mynydd Ddu character area is entirely open moorland.
It includes the summits of Bannau Sir Gar/Fan Brycheiniog at over
800m, but it mostly consists of rough grazing and blanket peats
between 250m and 600m.
character area consists of dispersed farms and cottages, and
fairly regular fields of improved pasture. Boundaries comprise banks
and hedges. Farmhouses and other buildings mostly date to the 19th
Cennen character area lies on the northern fringe of the Black
Mountain and consists of dispersed farms and pasture fields.
Cennen Castle character area comprises of a craggy limestone
hill on the summit of which is located the substantial remains of
a medieval castle.