Twm Siôn Cati

The Welsh Robin Hood was born in Tregaron and during his years as an outlaw, he is said to have hidden out in a cave in the mountains above the town.

Separating the man from the myth is a hard task but luckily there are a few facts. He was a Welsh bard and genealogist called Thomas Jones who lived from 1530 to 1620. He became a highwayman robbing the rich but it appears he was a bit tight-fisted and didn’t distribute a penny to the poor. He was reputed to be a trickster and a master of deception.

But he also had a soft side – he avoided maiming his victims and preferred to pin them with a well-aimed arrow to their saddles. He hid from the Sheriff of Carmarthen in the wooded slopes of Dinas Hill, close to Rhandirmwyn, and his cave is in the RSPB sanctuary of Dinas Hill.