Pumsaint, Carmarthenshire, Wales

A view of Pontyberem

Dolaucothi Gold Mines

The Dolaucothi Gold Mines are in the wooded hillsides overlooking the Cothi Valley. The Romans mined here 2,000 years ago, and left behind a glimpse of their methods. Mining continued here during the 19th and 20th centuries, ultimately ending in 1938. As a visitor, you can take guided tours and experience "the conditions of the Roman, Victorian and 1930s underground workings" courtesy of the care of the National Trust.


According to local legend, the waters here were medicinal and good for rheumatism. Centuries ago, a local woman named Gwenllian took one of her regular bathing sessions here, but was never seen again. It is her ghost that is said to appear at the entrance to one of the mines named Ogof Gwenno.


Another ghost is said to be called Ned, a miner killed in an accident.


Pictured left is the mine headframe courtesy of Derek Voller .




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For further information, please read Ghosts: Mysterious Tales from the National Trust by Sian Evans.


Visitor Information

Pumsaint is a village in Carmarthenshire, Wales.

It is situated half way between Llanwrda and Lampeter

Pictured is the entrance to Pumsaint courtesy of John Atherton. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.