St Peter’s Church is one of the big surprises of the Peaceful Places trail.
Approaching from Tal-y-bont along the River Leri, the valley falls away into steep woodland and the sense of anticipation increases, until finally arriving at the small settlement of Bont-goch – or to use its older name, Elerch.
Lovers of nineteenth century architecture will be delighted to find buildings designed by three eminent Victorian architects. The old school was the work of George Edmund Street, St Peter’s Church was designed by William Butterfield and the former Vicarage by the Welsh architect, John Pritchard.
The village itself is a quiet haven, but was once a busy centre for the lead miners who worked in the hills behind. Walkers pass through on the Borth-Devil’s Bridge Walk and mountain bikers come here to gain access to the Syfydrin bike trails from Nant-yr-arian and around the Nant-y-moch reservoir.