I first cycled the 'mountain road' from Devil's Bridge to Rhayader in 1965, half-way through a round trip from Southampton to Snowdonia and back. In those days the deserted lead miners' cottages at Cwmystwyth looked more substantial than this; police subsequently had them pulled down due to their periodic occupation by New Age Travellers. Even in the bright, hot summer of '65 the buildings looked dark and threatening in a memorable landscape.
By a stroke of fate most of my family now live within thirty miles or so of Cwmystwyth. During our recent visit there it provided the only substantial photographic opportunity, all of twenty minutes in swirling sleet. This week I'm posting a sequence of five photos that could only be in black & white.
Black and white