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Cwmtwrch is a village in the valley of the Afon Twrch, a right-bank tributary to the Swansea Valley, Wales, some 15 miles north of Swansea.

History and origins[edit]

The name Cwmtwrch (Welsh language: 'Valley of the Wild Boar') derives from the “Twrch Trwyth”, a mythical wild boar of King Arthur’s legends and the ancient Welsh folklore tales of the Mabinogion in early Welsh literature.

The legend relates to one of Arthur’s tasks: to rid the western Brecon Beacons of the pack of wild boars that were terrorizing the people. Arthur chased the boars from Dyfed eastward towards Powys. On the Black Mountain, he picked up a large stone (the carreg fryn fras) and cast it towards the wild animals, striking dead the leader of the pack on the edge of a valley near Craig-y-Fran Gorge. The big boar's body rolled down the valley and into the river which is now the Afon Twrch. The big stone is still on the mountain.

Cwmtwrch has been split into two parts, Upper Cwmtwrch (Cwm Twrch Uchaf) and Lower Cwmtwrch (Cwm Twrch Isaf), due to the traversing of the now defunct railway line and road at two points requiring an upper and lower gate.

Nearby is the town of Ystradgynlais and villages of Ystradowen,[1] Rhiwfawr and Ystalyfera.


Cwmtwrch is home to the rugby union team Cwmtwrch RFC a Welsh Rugby Union affiliated club with over a hundred years of history. The village's most famous resident is Clive Rowlands, former Wales national rugby union team captain, who also managed both the national team and the British Lions.

The village football team, Cwmtwrch Wanderers AFC, is long established and successful having won the Neath League Premier division on a number of occasions. They are the most successful team in the history of the Neath League with 31 major trophy victories. Golf is played at Palleg Golf Club which is located in Lower Cwmtwrch. It has recently been extended to eighteen holes through lottery funding. A mountain course, it enjoys expansive views of the Swansea Valley.

Photos of Cwmtwrch[edit]


  1. ^ Morgan, Sion (17 June 2013). "Meet the tiny Welsh village fighting back against rising fuel prices". Retrieved 26 August 2017. 

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