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Title: Ysbryd y Mwynwyr - Spirit of the Miners
OchreCwm YstwythChimney, Taliesin

Devils Bridge

A popular destination with visitors since the days of the early pilgrims, Devils Bridge is now more famous for its three bridges, steam railway and spectacular waterfalls.

Devils Bridge has no mines of its own, it sits central to the mines of Ystumtuen to the north, Pontrhydygroes to the south, Cwmystwyth to the east and Rheidol to the west.

The village has facilities including the Railbar cafe, shop, post office, a number of hotels and bed and breakfast establishments and the Woodlands Caravan Park. Further information can be found on the Pentir Pumlumon website.

Devils bridge
Devils Bridge c1800

The village is famous with visitors for its unique arrangement of three bridges -which are built one on top of the other and the cascading waterfalls of the river Mynach.

Its Welsh name is Pontarfynach, (pronounced Pont-ar-vunnack) meaning "the monk's bridge".

The original bridge is believed to have been built either by the Cistercian monks of Strata Florida abbey or by Knights Templar. The County Council built the latest bridge during the latter part of last century.

Steam Railway
Devils Bridge falls

The Vale of Rheidol Railway links Aberystwyth to Devils Bridge with its dramatic waterfalls and spectacular highland scenery.
You can catch the narrow gauge steam railway - originally opened to serve the lead mines of the Rheidol Valley - from Aberystwyth and climb to Devil's Bridge at a leisurely pace and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Cwm Rheidol with views of the mine workings there on your way.

The village is the also the destination for the "Rheidol Trail" cycleway from Aberystwyth

The Arch

A few miles south of Devils Bridge on the B4574 to Cwmystwyth lies the Forestry Commission site known as The Arch. The area takes its name from the old masonry Arch which spans the road: it was erected in 1810 by Thomas Johnes, formerly the owner of the nearby Hafod Estate, to mark King George III's Golden Jubilee.

With Car Park, toilets and picnic area there are a number of walks through the Meherin forest, giving views across the mines of Bodcoll and Nantycreuau.
For more information see:
The Arch Picnic Site

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