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The Cambrian Mountains are a series of mountain ranges in Walesmarker, reaching from, and including, the South Walesmarker mountains of the Brecon Beaconsmarker, north Carmarthenshiremarker and Ceredigion, to Snowdoniamarker in North Walesmarker.

Originally the term "Cambrian Mountains" was applied in a general sense to most of upland Walesmarker. Since the 1950s, its application has become increasingly (and arguably illogically) localised to the geographically homogeneous Mid Wales uplands known in the Welsh language as the Elenydd (which extend from Pumlumonmarker to Mynydd Mallaen).

This barren and sparsely populated wilderness is often referred to affectionately as the Desert of Wales.

The highest point of the range is Pumlumonmarker. The area includes the source of the River Severn and River Wye, and has been proposed as a National Park. It is the type of locality of the Cambrian period of the Paleozoic era (542-488Ma).

Cefn Croesmarker, the site of a controversial wind farm project, is in the Cambrian Mountains, just south of the A44 road between Aberystwythmarker and Llangurigmarker.[77340], [77341],[77342]

The Cambrian Mountains also host the Elan Valley Reservoirsmarker and Llyn Briannemarker reservoir, which provide water for the English West Midlands and for South Wales respectively. They also contain Clywedog Reservoirmarker and Nant y Mochmarker Reservoir.

Principal Cambrian Mountain Summits

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