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Explore the Vale of Rheidol on a Steam Train

Explore this hidden gem in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains and discover the Legends of the Devil's Bridge, Electricity in the Making, Free Flying Butterflies, all reached by the steam train that started using the line in 1902!

Vale of Rheidol train times and dates are based on 2018 timetables.

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Start your day in Aberystwyth on the narrow gauge Vale of Rheidol Railway and catch the 10.30 steam train. This runs every day from 17 March to 2 November 2018.

Opened in 1902, the railway has been delighting passengers young and old for over a century. From the comfort of your carriage watch the scenery of the Vale of Rheidol passing by. See the countryside change as you travel through wide open fields, woodland and rugged mountain scenery, the line twisting and turning as it clings to the hillside. Listen to the sound of a powerful steam locomotive working hard to climb 700ft (200m) in the 11¾ miles from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge.

You will arrive here at 11.30 and will have time to see the famous Devil's Bridge Waterfalls (see Lunch time alternative). These unique waterfalls have attracted many thousands of visitors since the 18th century, including William Wordsworth who wrote about the "Torrent at the Devil's Bridge".
Vale of Rheidol Railway

Vale of Rheidol Railway

All aboard the Vale of Rheidol for an unforgettable journey through the beautiful Rheidol Valley by narrow gauge steam train. Sit back, relax and let us take you on a nostalgic journey through some of Wales’ most spectacular scenery.
 
Devils Bridge

Devil's Bridge/Pontarfynach

The village of Devil's Bridge or Pontarfynach recently featured in the detective series 'Hinterland / Y Gwyll'. The village is situated at the head of the Rheidol Valley in the Plynlimon hill range in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains.
 
Devil's Bridge Waterfalls

Devil's Bridge Waterfalls & Nature Trail

A circular walk that takes you deep into the wooded gorge with spectacular views of the 300ft Mynach Waterfalls. A challenging walk that takes at least 45minutes which includes many steep steps.
 

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Opposite Devil’s Bridge station, you will find Y Caban - a fully licensed, family run restaurant, bistro and gift shop or visit The Hafod Hotel (turn left from the station; this is also the way to the waterfalls).

Alternatively, take the 12.30 train down the line to Rheidol Falls (this is a request stop - tell the guard that you want to stop here!) and a walk through the woods to the Cwm Rheidol Power Station & Visitor Centre for lunch which is open Easter Bank Holiday Weekend and from 1st May – 30th September from 10.30am – 4.15pm. Free tours of the Power Station give a fascinating insight into both the history and the current use of the plant and it is only a 10 minute walk to the Visitor Centre for a restorative cuppa! Have a look around the display and a short film about the building. Next door are the promised butterflies! At the Magic of Life Butterfly House, Neil is a real enthusiast and will happily talk to you about the different species flying around your head!

A short stroll and you can pick up the 16.35 train at Aberffrwd (check - on certain dates, departure is at 16.20) puffing its way back to Aberystwyth.
Visitor Centre

Visitor Centre and Cafe at Rheidol Visitor Centre and Power Station

The Visitor Centre and Cafe includes an interactive display about renewable energy, local films and guided tours of the centre at set times. The cafe offers a choice of light lunches, sandwiches and snacks.
 
Magic of Life Butterfly Farm

Magic of Life Butterfly House

Come and see some of the largest and most colourful butterflies in the world! We exhibit species from all over the tropics. Our wildlife garden has many varieties of plants specifically for butterflies.
 

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Your return train to Aberystwyth departs at 16.00 or 16.15 depending on the date. It actually arrives at Devil’s Bridge at 15.00 so you will have plenty of time to talk to the driver and fireman and get close up and personal with one of the Railway’s three steam locomotives; although narrow gauge, they weigh over 25 tons each and are more than eight feet wide! If there is no sign of a locomotive when you arrive, it will return shortly - it has just gone out of sight round a corner to take on water. The Railway’s Two Hoots Cafe is located at Devil's Bridge if you need more refreshments as well.
 
 

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From the coast at Aberystwyth, watch the scenery passing by your window. See the countryside change as you travel through wide open fields, ancient woodland and rugged mountain scenery as the line twists and turns, clinging to the hillside to reach Devil's Bridge - home of the famous Mynach Falls and Devil's Punchbowl.

Look out for birds of prey such as red kites and buzzards soaring high above the valley floor and listen to the sound of the narrow gauge steam engine working hard on the climb into the hills.

Opened in 1902, the railway is a masterpiece of engineering and has been delighting passengers young and old for generations. Although the line no longer carries lead ore from the mines it has been carrying holidaymakers to the beauty spot of Devil's Bridge for over a hundred years!

The railway is a registered charity, dedicated to preserving the railway for future generations to enjoy. Our historic coal fired steam locomotives and vintage carriages were built by the Great Western Railway in the 1920s and 30s and are now fully restored.

The 12 mile journey takes 1 hour in each direction. See timetables for departure times.

Passengers may upgrade to the the First Class Observation Saloon for a small charge.

Dogs are very welcome on the railway and can travel in all Third Class carriages. A dog rover ticket costs £3.00.

The railway can carry bicycles although owing to space limitations on certain popular trains, please contact us in advance so we can reserve space.

The railway offers advance bookings through its website, but there is also the option to purchase tickets from the Booking Office on the day of travel.

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Contact

Enquiries
Tel: 01970 625819

View the Vale of Rheidol Railway websitewww.rheidolrailway.co.uk
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Venue

Vale of Rheidol Railway

Park Avenue, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1PG

SY23 1PGwww.rheidolrailway.co.uk

Map reference: SN 586812
     Lat: 52.41114  Long: -4.07912
By Public Transport: The Vale of Rheidol Railway is located in the centre of Aberystwyth and is a short walk from the mainline railway and bus stations.

By Road: The Railway has a large car park off Park Avenue/Boulevard St Brieuc between the Park & Ride site and the Co-operative Supermarket. SAT NAV Postcode SY23 1PG.

Please note that if you start your journey at Devil's Bridge, car parking is adjacent to the station platform. SAT NAV: SY23 3JL

Parking : free

Public Transport : Aberystwyth station

Devil's Bridge Station is a short walk from Devil's Bridge Waterfalls - operated as a separate attraction.

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