Last Friday, the 2nd day of our break we decided to go to Devils Bridge, just outside Aberystwyth. We’ve been here a couple times over the years and in normal times we would go on the Vale of Rheidol railway.
The Rheidol is a lovely heritage railway, that takes a winding route up through the valley up to Devils Bridge. It’s a lovely scenic route and very relaxing. However, due to covid restrictions the cost for 4 adults and 2 children was prohibitive, so we drove there instead this time.
Arriving at DB you mostly have the choice of 2 walks .one either side of the bridge. The smaller walk is approx 10-20 minutes, but we all decided to do the longer more challenging walk which included getting up close to the Devils Bridge Waterfall.
on entry (£4 pp) you first walk to see the ‘3 bridges’.
it’s literally 3 bridges that have, over the centuries, gradually been built and added onto. The first one was built between circa 1075–1200 , and would have been difficult to access as you would have a steep walk up and down to access it. The next bridge bult 1753, was probably built so it was accessible to horse and cart. And then the final bridge built in 1901 is the one now used.
once you’ve taken your pictures, you then get to walk through the beautiful woods and gradually wind your way downwards gently until you reach JACOBS LADDER! 100 continuous steep steps
Jacobs ladder is the most unpleasnt part of the walk as it feels ike an alsmot vertical staircase downwards with slidey natural stone steps that are crumbling away!
But it’s totally worth it because you get to the see the waterfall!
It’s a very pretty, picturesque place with lots of flora and cute little mosses and lichens and is an area of special scientific interest.
The walk back up again is pretty hard going, you do need sensible footwear and to be pretty agile.
This iron bridge is a cute part of the walk, next to the base of the Waterfall
We were absolutely knackered when we finally reached the top again!
Outside of the exit is the Hafod Hotel and there’s a vintage AA box from the 1920s, these were used by members of the AA who’s motor vehicles had broken down..it would have a telephone and
We did think about doing the second walk, but we knackered ourselves out and decided to have our lunch instead! We then drove back to Aberystwyth for a little wander around the shops and charity shops.
so if you’re ever in this part of Wales, I would really recommended it as a place to visit as its so beautiful and definitely take the train if you can!ales