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Devil's Bridge

Devil's Bridge's dramatic waterfalls span the River Mynach (a tributary of the Rheidol) and three separate bridges were built one on top of the other between the 11th and 19th century. The picturesque setting continues to draw visitors - many by steam train form Aberystwyth.  

Devil's Bridge

According to legend, the original bridge was built by the very Devil himself, as it was too difficult for mortals to build. The Devil agreed to build the bridge in exchange for the soul of the first life to cross the bridge. However he was tricked of his prize by a canny old woman, who threw bread across the bridge, which her dog ran after, thus becoming the first ‘life’ to cross the new bridge.

One of the best ways to visit Devil’s Bridge is to travel on the historic narrow-gauge Vale of Rheidol Railway, which opened between Aberystwyth and Devil's Bridge in 1902. Trains run twice a day between Easter and the end of October.

The area was once part of the vast Hafod Estate owned by Thomas Johnes. A tourist attraction for centuries, Devil’s Bridge was celebrated by author Geo​rge Borrow in his book Wild Wales (1854).

Devil's Bridge and the surrounding area feature extensively in an exciting new television detective series Hinterland.  Filmed in both Welsh and English, Hinterland will be shown on BBC Cymru/Wales and BBC4 in 2014. 

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is in Aberystwyth and if you're looking for somewhere to stay in Ceredigion, take a look at our accommodation pages.