Borth with Cors Fochno, the River Dyfi estuary and Aberdyfi in the background
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Features and history
An ancient submerged forest is visible at low tide along the beach, where stumps of oak, pine, birch, willow and hazel (preserved by the acid anaerobic conditions in the peat) can be seen. Radiocarbon dating suggests these trees died about 1500 BC. This submerged forest is also associated with the legend of Cantre'r Gwaelod.  
Cors Fochno, a raised peat mire, part of the Dyfi Biosphere, the only UNESCO Biosphere reserve in Wales, is located next to the village together with the Dyfi National Nature Reserve and visitors' centre at Ynyslas. A long-distance footpath, the Dyfi Valley Way, passes through the village.
On 4 April 1876, the entire Uppingham School in Rutland, England, consisting of 300 boys, 30 masters and their families, moved to Borth for a period of 14 months, taking over the disused Cambrian Hotel and a large number of boarding houses, to avoid a typhoid epidemic.
Amenities and functions
The town's main line railway station is served by the Cambrian Line. The station building houses Borth Station Museum, which displays community and railway historical artifacts and temporary exhibitions.. The museum is run by volunteers. Borth is also the location of the Borth Animalarium and Borth and Ynyslas Golf Club.
The Borth inshore lifeboat (ILB) station was established in 1966 at the southern end of the beach.
The village war memorial above a cliff south of the beach, was struck by lightning on 21 March 1983 and had to be rebuilt.
An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward stretches south-easterly to Geneu'r Glyn The total population of the ward at the 2011 Census was 2,078. Borth is also the name of a ward on the current Ceredigion County Council, which covers the communities of Borth and Llandre.
Local government history
Borth had a representative on Cardiganshire County Council from its formation in 1889. The first councillor elected was the Rev. Enoch Watkin James, Brynderwen, a Liberal candidate and Calvinistic Methodist minister. Following his election in January 1889, according to a local newspaper, "flags were generally displayed and after nightfall bonfires lighted, fireworks discharged, houses illuminated and hundreds of people paraded the streets up to a late hour. About six o'clock, the rev. gentlemen and friends were drawn in an open carriage through the village and, addressing the assembly, said that the day was rapidly approaching when laws would be made by the people for the people."
From the 1970s until his death in 2001, Borth was represented on Ceredigion District Council and, latterly, Ceredigion County Council, by Tom Raw-Rees.
In popular culture
- The 1976 award-winning children's fantasy novel A String in the Harp, by the American author Nancy Bond, is set in Borth and the surrounding countryside.
- Borth, Borth bog, and the Borth railway station form the backdrop to the main storyline in Season 1, Episode 4 ("The Girl in the Water") of Y Gwyll (Hinterland in English), transmitted on S4C in 2013 and BBC1 Wales in January 2014.
- Lindsay Ashford (living), crime novelist and journalist
- Frank Bickerton (1889–1954), Antarctic explorer and aviator, died in Borth.
- Michael Oliver (1925–2015), cardiology professor, was born in Borth.
- Mark Williams (born 1966 in Hertfordshire), Member of Parliament for the Ceredigion constituency (2005–2017)
Sunset on Borth sands near Ynyslas, looking north
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