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Coordinates: 52°27′14″N 4°01′11″W / 52.453889°N 4.019722°W / 52.453889; -4.019722

Rhydypennau, looking north towards Tal-y-bont
Rhydypennau, taken from Rhiw Baker looking north towards Tal-y-bont
Rhydypennau is located in Wales2

 Rhydypennau shown within Wales
Population 2,258 [1]
Language British English
OS grid reference SN6285
Principal area Ceredigion
Ceremonial county Dyfed
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BOW STREET
Postcode district SY23
Dialling code 01970
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Ceredigion
List of places: UK • Wales • Ceredigion

Rhydypennau is a hamlet in the Genau'r-glyn district of Ceredigion, Wales, approximately 4½ miles (7 km) north-east of Aberystwyth.[2] Along with the village of Pen-y-garn, Rhydypennau is now often considered to be part of the neighbouring village of Bow Street. All three places stretch in a long narrow strip along the main Aberystwyth to Machynlleth road (A487).



In his memoirs about growing up in Llanfihangel Geneu’r Glyn (Llandre), Pen-y-garn and Bow Street, Tom Macdonald (1900-80) recalls that the local pronunciation of Rhydypennau was actually ‘Rhypenne’.[3]


An early Bronze-age copper thin-butted flat axe was found to the north-east of Rhydypennau Bridge. The axe has one smooth face, which is slightly hammered along its edges, whilst the other is irregular and shows traces of tooling.[4]


Rhyd-y-Pennau Inn

Rhydypennau is centred around the junction of the A487 with the road towards Llandre and Borth. As well as a few houses, there is the Rhyd-y-Pennau Inn, Rhydypennau Garage, the Pennau craft centre, and Rhydypennau Farm.

The old Rhydypennau School (which has recently closed) overlooks the hamlet, whilst the present Rhydypennau school, Ysgol Rhydypennau, is actually located in Pen-y-Garn. Bow Street Football Club's ground, Cae Piod, is also at Rhydypennau.

Notable residents

  • T. Ifor Rees (1890-1977), author of travel books and ambassador


  1. ^ Total population of Genau’r Glyn (Borth) ("Census, 2001".  )
  2. ^ Davies, Elwyn, Rhestr o Enwau Lleoedd/A Gazetteer of Welsh Place-Names (Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru/University of Wales Press, Caerdydd/Cardiff, 1958), p. 104
  3. ^ Macdonald, Tom, (1975) The White Lanes of Summer, p. 21. London: Macmillan, ISBN 0333-17975-7
  4. ^ Cardiganshire County History, Vol 1 (1994), p. 217; Sambrook, Paul & Hall, Jenny, Arolwg Cymunedol Llandre Community Audit, p. 33; National Monuments Record of Wales NPRN No. 405446

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