Situated in in the grounds of the 17th century mill beside the salmon leap falls the National Coracle Centre houses an exclusive collection of coracles from Wales and around the Globe.
This small and unusual museum is dedicated to the history of the vessel which can be found in use in just about every corner of the Earth. Visitors are usually able to listen to a presentation about coracles: their history and their distribution around the world; the speaker also demonstrates how coracles are used.
The Welsh coracle is a lightweight boat which was traditionally in this part of Britain. It is oval in shape and resembles half a walnut shell. The boat is made of woven willow rods tied with bark. Making a coracle is one of the great artisan crafts that needs to be preserved.
A coracle was originally covered with animal skins such as horse or bullock hides protected by a thin outer layer of tar to make it waterproof.
They were, and still are, used for fishing and are so light that the fishermen can carry them on their backs down to the river and then home again with their catch.
The coracle differs in design depending upon the river where it is being used and the Teifi coracle is flat on the bottom so that it can negotiate shallow rapids which are common in the summer. The River Teifi flows from the Cambrian Mountains to the estuary at Cardigan, a journey of 75 miles, making it is the longest ‘wholly’ Welsh river
They are made from locally sourced wood where willow is used for the laths and hazel for the weave. No nails are used in the construction that relies only on the interweaving of the laths.
When used by skilled fishermen the coracle makes little disturbance in the water and the fish go about blissfully unaware of the fisherman on the surface. Coracles are paddled using one arm leaving the other one free to work the net.
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Heol Y Gof Road, LLwynhelyg, Cross Inn, Llandysul
Ceredigion, Wales, SA44 6LW
+44 (0)1545 560 029
- Address: A484, Cenarth, Ceredigion, Wales, United kingdom, SA38 9JL
- GPS: 52.04541944,-4.524402778
- Phone: 0044 (0)1239 710 980
- Part of UK: Wales
- Sat Nav Postcode: SA38 9JL
- Entrance Fees: Yes
- Disabled Access: Good
- Visibility from Road: Very Limited
- Image Credits: Header Image: Paul Vincent