Devil's Bridge

Walk the nature trails, discover stunning waterfalls and see the old bridges in this tranquil village just outside of Aberystwyth.

Devil's Bridge is a village in west Wales surrounded by beautiful countryside. It lies above the confluence of two rivers and is known for its waterfalls and stacked bridges. Hike along woodland trails, view ancient architecture and travel to disused mines.

A lovely way to reach the village is via the Vale of Rheidol Railway, an old steam railway service from Aberystwyth, about 12 miles (19.3 kilometers) away. The route opened in 1902 and passes by a picturesque scenery of meadows, mountains and woodland.

Upon arrival at your destination, walk the short distance to the Devil’s Bridge Falls. There are two routes that take you to the 300-feet (91.4-meter) cascades. The long walk takes about 45 minutes while the shorter one is a 10-minute route.

Both pass through areas of outstanding natural beauty and also take you to Devil's Bridge. These are in fact three bridges stacked on top of each other. The oldest and lowest bridge was built by monks in the 11th century, although according to legend it was constructed by the Devil to let an old woman rescue her cow.

Discover more of the area's diverse landscapes with a four-wheel drive tour of the Cambrian Mountains. Travel through a wooded valley, past dams and by remote lakes. There is also a tour that explores some of the country's mining heritage, taking in lead mine sites and miners' cottages.

Find more gorgeous terrain to explore at Hafod Estate, which covers around 494 acres (200 hectares) of the Ystwyth valley and nearby hills. Choose between five marked walks of varying length and difficulty. Among them are the moderate Ystwyth Gorge Walk, a 0.9-mile (1.5 kilometer) loop and the strenuous 3.7-mile (6-kilometer) Gentleman’s Walk.

With its beautiful natural surroundings, Devil's Bridge is a great day out from nearby Aberystwyth. If you decide to stay longer there are numerous accommodation types, including cottages and self-catering apartments.


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