Cynwyl Elfed (sometimes Conwyl) is a village and community in the county of Carmarthenshire, Wales. The community includes the villages of Cynwyl Elfed, Blaenycoed and Cwmduad. It is situated about 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Carmarthen and had a population of 953 in 2001.
Cynwyl Elfed transmitting station stands on high ground to the north of the village.
The River Gwili (Welsh: Afon Gwili) is a tributary of the River Towy, the longest river entirely in Wales. Rising to the east of Llanllawddog, in the Brechfa Forest, it runs west, through Llanpumsaint, to its confluence with the River Duad, just south of Cynwyl Elfed village. Then its course turns to the southeast, running through Bronwydd before joining the River Towy at Abergwili.
The Gwili Railway (Welsh: Rheilffordd Ager y Gwili) is a Welsh standard gauge heritage railway from the former Abergwili Junction, near Carmarthen, along a short section of the former Carmarthen to Aberystwyth railway that closed for passenger traffic in 1965. Based at Bronwydd Arms railway station, the Gwili Railway currently owns 8 miles (13 km) of the old railway line, which once ran past Cynwyl Elfed. There is a possibility that the existing line[which?], and the old station site near Cynwyl Elfed, could be restored as part of an extension to the heritage line.
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Cynwyl Elfed has a primary school.
The poet and hymnist Howell Elvet Lewis (known as Elfed) was born in the village in 1860. The house where he was born, 'Y Gangell', contains a small exhibition of his life.
- Photos of Cynwyl Elfed and surrounds at Geograph.org.uk
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