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Devil's Bridge

Devil's Bridge

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The village of Devil's Bridge, which translated in Welsh is Pontarfynach, means 'The bridge on the Mynach' and recently featured in the BBC detective series 'Hinterland /Y Gwyll'. The village is situated at the head of the Rheidol Valley amidst the Plynlimon hill range in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains and is internationally famous for its waterfalls and narrow gauge Steam Railway.

Two rushing streams, the Mynach and Rheidol, descend dramatically into a gorge below the village where over time three different bridges have been built, one on top of the other. Visitors can enjoy several footpaths and walks to view the bridges and waterfalls.

The bridge is at a point where the River Mynach drops 90 metres (300 ft) in 5 steps down a steep and narrow ravine before it meets the River Rheidol. The set of stone steps leading down to the lowest bridge at the waterfall are known as Jacob's Ladder.

Devil's Bridge has its own railway station on the historic narrow gauge Vale of Rheidol Railway, which opened between Aberystwyth and Devil's Bridge in 1902.



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Map reference: SN 739768  Lat: 52.37490 Long: -3.85359

Devil's Bridge is located on the A4120 (Aberystwyth - Ponterwyd) road. It is in close proximity to the A44 (from the east) and the A487 coast road at Aberystwyth.
The nearest mainline railway station is at Aberystwyth; however the Vale of Rheidol narrow gauge railway terminates in Devil's Bridge.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 12 miles from Aberystwyth station

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