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Devil's Bridge Waterfalls & Nature Trail

Address

Devils Bridge
Aberystwyth
Ceredigion
SY23 3JW

Contact Details

Tel: 01970 890233
Devil's Bridge Falls is a spectacular waterfall attraction at Devils Bridge in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains. It is one of the 'Must See' natural features in Wales, located 12 miles inland from the coastal town of Aberystwyth.

The 300 ft waterfalls have attracted many thousands of visitors since the 18th century, including William Wordsworth who wrote about the “Torrent at the Devil’s Bridge”. Today, Devil's Bridge Falls Nature Trail provides a unique opportunity to see this great natural feature in the Mynych (translates as the 'Monks River'), a tributary of the larger Rheidol River, which runs in a deep, wooded valley towards Aberystwyth and the Cardigan Bay coast.

According to legend, the original Devil’s Bridge was built by the Devil himself. He constructed the bridge for a little old lady in exchange for her soul, or the soul of the first person to cross....

The Devil's Bridge Fall Nature Trail take approximately 45 mins and is a circular walk that takes you deep into the wooded gorge with spectacular views of the 300ft Mynach Waterfalls. The shorter '3 Bridges & Punchbowl trail will take approximately 10 minutes. These walks are challenging and consists of many steep steps.

Technically, Devil's Bridge waterfalls can be classified as a segmented or tiered falls with five major drops and intervening cascades add up to a 91 m total drop, which is among the highest in Wales.

Devil's Bridge Falls is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (S.S.S.I) and is home to many types of mosses and lichens. It is also an excellent example of an ancient Sessile Oak woodland. A guide book indicating interesting aspects of the area is on sale at the entrance kiosk when attendant is on duty.

DEVIL'S BRIDGE FALLS NATURE TRAIL
Take a 45 minute walk along the Devil's Bridge Falls nature trail and see the spectacular waterfalls and the view of the 3 bridges, built one on top of the other, which span the breathtaking woodland gorge.

On the trail, you will follow in the footsteps of the monks of past, along the path and descend Jacobs Ladder (100 steps). Cross the humped bridge spanning over the Mynach river at the bottom of the waterfalls and begin to ascend the other side of the gorge. Go into Robbers Cave, an old hideout place next to the waterfall.

Whilst catching your breath at the end of your walk, take time to use the Free Viewing Telescope. Enjoy a close up view of the Gyfarllwyd Falls on the Rheidol river, the surrounding woodland and distant Cambrian Mountains or a Red Kite soaring high above. The exit is opposite the Hafod Hotel.

Please note that this is a challenging walk and sensible shoes must be worn. The walk contains many steep steps and so is not suitable for everyone.

DEVIL'S BRIDGE SHORT WALK - 3 BRIDGES AND DEVIL'S PUNCHBOWL
View the 3 bridges and the 'Devil's Punchbowl' on the shorter 10 minute walk.

The walk includes a descent down to the river to view the punchbowl. Here you can see how the force of the river Mynach has carved beautiful, large pot holes into the rock. From this view point the Three Bridges built one on top of the other tower overhead and are an awesome sight.

Use the U-turn box to listen to the story of the legend of how an old lady outwitted the Devil to save her cow. Which is how Devils Bridge got it's name. Hear some traditional Welsh harp music or select the information about the history of our area.

Tearooms & Gift shop are at entrance to the walks and are open from Mid Spring to October. Please note that dogs must be kept on the lead. If your dog is large then it may struggle to enter through the turnstile with you. The steep steps are also difficult for dogs with short legs and you may end up having to carry your pet. For further information visit: http://www.devilsbridgefalls.co.uk

Directions

Devils Bridge Waterfalls are 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,

BY STEAM TRAIN
The Vale of Rheidol Steam Railway runs from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge. From the station it is a 5 minutes walk to the Waterfalls attraction. Turn left out of their car park pass the Hafod Hotel and bear left over the bridge. The entrance kiosk is on the left.

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Prices and opening

Waterfalls:
Adult £3.75 | Child (age 5-16) £2.50 | Child under 5 Free | Student £3.25 | Senior Citizen £3.25

3 Bridges & Devil's Punchbowl:
Per person: £1.00

Group Visits (Min 15):
Adult £3.00 | Senior Citizen £2.50 | Student £2.50 - £2.00Open all the time. Open all year by turnstile
Attendant at entrance from 9:45 to 17:00 Easter to end of October
(please note - attendant hours may vary slightly depending on high or low season).
Groups welcome during attendant hours.

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesOpen all year by turnstile
Attendant at entrance from 9:45 to 17:00 Easter to end of October
(please note - attendant hours may vary slightly depending on high or low season).
Groups welcome during attendant hours.