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Waterfall or Gorge:Devil's Bridge Waterfalls & Nature Trail

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Devil's Bridge Falls & Nature Trail

Devil's Bridge Falls & Nature Trail

Three bridges at Devil's Bridge Falls

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Details

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.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberSpanish signs/guidesWelcome HostAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs acceptedSmoking not allowed

Free car park. Gift shop, light refreshments and W.C only available during main season. The walk is Not suitable for wheel chairs or pushchairs or people suffering from health problems due to many steep, uneven steps.

Opening Details

Open 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.

Prices

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 - £2.00

Address

Devils Bridge,
Aberystwyth,
Ceredigion,
SY23 3JW

Location

Directions

Plan route to Devil's Bridge Waterfalls and Nature Trail using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SN 741770  Lat: 52.37701 Long: -3.84976

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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Parking: free

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Spanish signs/guidesSpanish signs/guides
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Free car park. Gift shop, light refreshments and W.C only available during main season. The walk is Not suitable for wheel chairs or pushchairs or people suffering from health problems due to many steep, uneven steps.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp

Public Areas

  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesVisitor information available in audio format

General

  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesAudible alarm system
  • YesVisual alarm system

Entrance

  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 1
      Number of steps to entrance

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)