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Bettws Chapel, Trelech a'r Bettws

The footpath to Bettws Chapel begins with a rather overgrown stone stile in the hedge on the side road from Llanwinio and Felindre to Groesffordd. The path is passable past Treparcau and (with difficulty) along a hollow way past Plasparke. Walking this area on my own, I followed it as far as Capel Bettws, but then it went down a precipitous slope and lost itself in the woods.

Capel Bettws is now a dangerous ruin with no public access, but it was obviously an important church in its heyday. There is a squint leading from the north aisle to the chancel which would have allowed worshippers in a crowded church to see the high altar. There may even have been a side altar with a chantry priest: the squint would have enabled him to time his prayers so that they coincided with the rites at the high altar. However, the chapel is only 2 miles from the mother church at Tre-lech and services were discontinued in 1710. CADW has taken an interest in the site but so far nothing has been done to stabilise or consolidate the ruins.

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