Devils Bridge | Ceredigion | Events | Accommodation | Things to Do
When the Devil sojourned to Wales in the 11th century, all he left was a rickety bridge, or so the story goes. The most famous Devil’s Bridge in the world is located in the utterly beautiful vale of Rheidol, an area of outstanding natural beauty that encapsulates all the wild mysticism of medieval Wales.
The river Mynach and the river Rheidol converge and drop dramatically into a gorge below the village creating one of the largest, and the most picturesque, waterfalls in Wales. Straddling the river are three bridges, the first is said to be the devils work whilst the second was built in 1753 when the sturdiness of the old bridge was in question. Intriguingly all three bridges, including the third iron bridge that was built by the council at the beginning of the 20th century, were built one on top of each other creating an iconic architectural oddity. The evocation of Beelzebub in the case of Devils Bridges is often as a metaphor for the scale of the difficulties that the bridge builders had to overcome to achieve their goal, and as you will see the conditions nature provided here could not have been more challenging.
There are a number of paths, trails and even biking tracks that explore the wilderness surrounding the waterfalls and the Devils Punchbowl, not all of these are prescribed for those who don’t enjoy full mobility however, as the dramatic scenery can involve breath taking views from great heights and steep steps. The more moderate paths, tours and nature trails are well advertised though, and for those who would like an altogether less taxing way to enjoy Devils Bridge the Vale of Rheidol Steam Railway takes passengers to and fro from Aberystwyth in antique style.
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- Devils Bridge Waterfalls World Famous 300ft waterfalls
- Hafod Estate/ Forest Recognised as one of the finest examples in Europe of a picturesque landscape.
- Walks & Trails including Punchbowl & Three Bridges, Gentleman's Walk & others
- Coed Rheidol This is a magnificent stretch of ancient sessile oak woodland