The Rheidol Valley: The river Rheidol starts its journey down to Aberystwyth harbour in the Cambrian Mountains on Plynlymon mountain, the highest point in mid-Wales, near to the sources of the more famous rivers the Severn and the Wye.
In 1964 the Rheidol River was dammed near to its source to form Nant-y-Moch Reservoir, 3 miles north of the village of Ponterwyd. The reservoir flooded a part of the valley of the River Rheidol and its name was taken from the stream, the Nant-y-moch (in English = the pigs stream), which formerly flowed into the River Rheidol at this spot. The reservoir is part of the Cwm Rheidol hydroelectric power scheme. Further down river is the Rheidol Power Station's visitor centre.
From Nant y Moch reservoir it flows down through ancient Welsh oak woodlands via the Dinas reservoir to Ponterwyd. Here it crosses the A44 close to Bwlch Nant yr Arian an outstanding forest recreation centre famous for the daily red kite feeding, and the Silver Mountain Experience, formerly the Llywernog silver lead mine, near Ponterwyd.
Further downstream it is joined by Afon Mynach (Monks River) which makes a dramatic descent, over spectacular waterfalls at Devil’s Bridge.
Devils Bridge has attracted many thousands of visitors over the years, including William Wordsworth who wrote about the "Torrent at the Devil's Bridge".
There are two walks to choose from:
1. NATURE TRAIL, WATERFALLS & 3 BRIDGES. This walk takes minimum of 45 minutes.
2. PUNCHBOWL & 3 BRIDGES This walk is easier and only takes 10 minutes.
The Vale of Rheidol Steam Railway runs from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge. The historic narrow-gauge railway is one of the best ways to visit Devil’s Bridge. The station is only a short walk from the Falls and is ideal for a short visit to the Falls.
The Devil’s Bridge area was once part of the vast 18th century Hafod Estate owned by Thomas Johnes, tourist attraction for centuries, Devil’s Bridge was celebrated by author George Borrow in his book Wild Wales (1854).
The Rheidol then meanders through fabulous scenery, on past long abandoned mines such as those at Ystumtuen. There are less spectacular but beautiful falls along the way.
Above the river on the southern bank runs the Vale of Rheidol Railway which originally transported metal ore from the busy mines down to Aberystwyth. Local mining history is exhibited at the Silver Mountain Experience, formerly the Llywernog silver lead mine, near Ponterwyd.
Along the gentler valley bottom, near the Rheidol Power Station's visitor centre, the river is important for salmon and trout breeding. The river ends its journey at Aberystwyth where it flows under Trefechan Bridge into Aberyswyth harbour.
Trefechan Bridge is the site of the historic first protest to promote the Welsh language on in Aberystwyth, on 2 February 1963.
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