History and amenities
There is little recorded history, although most houses and farms date from the 1800s or earlier. The Sarn Helen Roman road passes a couple of miles to the east and there is some evidence of quarrying in the more recent past. Sheep farming is the main agricultural activity, but cattle, horses, poultry and arable farming are found also.
Penuwch is about 1,000 feet above sea level and 7 miles west of Tregaron while the coast is a similar distance further west. Tourism plays a part in the local economy, while other residents commute for work.
It retains its pub, school and chapel. Llyn Fanod, an upland lake and Site of Special Scientific Interest, is nearby at Bontnewydd. Llyn Farch, another upland lake with supposed connections to a prophecy by Merlin, was still shown on 19th century maps just north of the village centre but is now an area of marsh.
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