Devils Bridge Falls

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.

3 bridges

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

crikey! They weren’t joking

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!

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.

Hmm! Fun steps!

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!

hell of a view

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

Old Automobile Association telephone box

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

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12 Comments

  1. What a spectacular view! Yup going on my list definitely too❤️
    I think the walk looks quite challenging but that view from the top makes a great reward!!
    Does the plant life grow wild there or is it attending too by staff?
    Glad you had a fabulous time w the family 😘❤️

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  2. This cute iron bridge makes me think about a red Japanese one.
    🙂 I am happy your family could excursion in such a natural wonderful remarkable site.

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    1. The Legend of Devils Bridge

      … around the IIth Century, the Devil visited Wales as he had never been there before and he had heard that the scenery was breathtaking. He soon came across an old lady who seemed upset. “What’s the matter?” he asked out of curiosity.
      “Oh, I’m in such a terrible muddle and I don’t know what to do!. My cow has wandered across the river and I can’t get her back”.
      ‘Ah!” said the Devil ‘What you need my dear, is a bridge, and I am just the man to build you one. Why don’t you go home, and in the morning there will be a bridge waiting for you. All I ask in return is to keep the first living thing to cross the bridge!”
      “Okay then” she said “It’s a bargain. I’ll see you in the morning. Nos da, Goodnight”

      That night she wondered about this stranger who would build her a bridge. ‘What a strange request! Why should I cross the bridge to get my cow back if he gets to keep me in exchange? Mind you it is very tempting offer”

      The next day she got up and called for her faithful dog. Together they went down to the river. “Well well” she couldn’t believe her eyes. In front of her was the best bridge that she had ever seen! I told you that I would build you a bridge” said the Devil appearing from nowhere.
      “Now it’s your turn to keep your side of the bargain”.
      I know, you get to keep the first living thing to cross the bridge” and she started to walk towards the bridge. But just when she got to the entrance, she stopped, took out a loaf of bread from her apron pocket and hurled it across the bridge. As quick as a flash and before the Devil could stop it, the dog chased after it. ‘Aaaaaaagh!!!!!” screeched the Devil. “You stupid old woman, I don’t believe it! Your smelly, hairy farm dog has become the first living thing to cross my bridge. It’s no good to me” he screamed and then he vanished.

      Well, the Devil was never seen in Wales again as he was so embarrassed at being outwitted by the old lady. High in the mountains near Aberystwyth, there is a village where a very old bridge crosses a deep gorge. Above it are two other bridges built at later dates. But the lowest one….Well, they say that the Devil himself built

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  3. Looks like a beautiful and almost magical place! I love that you can see those 3 different bridges in one and wow, those steps certainly looked challenging. LOL at your face at the bottom of them!

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