Devils Bridge Waterfalls Access Statement 2015
- There are two separate walks at the Devils Bridge attraction. One called the Waterfalls walk and the other is the Punchbowl walk. Both walks involve steps, which are a specific feature of the attraction.
- The Waterfalls walk is considerably longer and more challenging than the other and involves descending 300 feet down uneven steps and paths and it takes quite a lot of physical effort to ascend back up the other side of the gorge to the exit turnstile. People who have difficulty with heights may find ‘Jacobs ladder’, a feature of 100 continues downwards steps, a personal challenge. Overall there are over 700 irregular steps on this walk and it takes a minimum of 45 minutes to walk around the circular path.
- The Punchbowl walk consists of approximately 300 steps although you do not have to descend all these steps to view the attraction of the Three Bridges which are built one on top of the other as they can be seen from near the top of the path.
- In consideration of the geological conditions neither attraction is suitable for some disabled or elderly people or children in pushchairs. If you are unsure of whether to visit the walks we recommend that you speak to a member of staff prior to commencing either walk.
- Free parking is available a short distance from the entrances to both walks. The parking area is tarmacked and on a reasonably level surface. The car park holds approximately 25 cars. It is possible to get to the attraction entrance either by using the 10 steps at the far end of the car park, or alternatively by walking back through the car park entrance to get on to the main road. Please note that it is necessary to walk on the main road to get to the attraction entrance as there are no pavements for this short distance. (There is an alternative free car park 5 minutes walk away which can be reached by turning left before the Hafod Hotel and is 150m on the right hand side). Coaches usually pull up along side the main entrance as a drop off point only and then park elsewhere.
- To access both walks it is necessary to enter through turnstiles. If anyone has difficulty with this during attendant hours, staff will be on hand to offer an alternative access and exit route. There is a side gate tat the entrance to the punchbowl walk.
- Along both walks there are hand rails and safety rails to assist with getting around the walks safely. In as many places as possible the railings are on both sides of the path but it should be noted that some areas the hand rail is not present on both sides if the landscape does not permit it.
- On the Waterfalls walk there is seating in the form of benches at intermittent periods to allow people to rest if required. There is also a viewing gazebo a quarter of the way along the route. The waterfalls can first be seen from this point. Visitors can return along the same path they came down and exit at the entrance if they decide not to proceed further with the walk. After the gazebo the walk becomes steeper.
- An ongoing project is addressing the issue of uneven steps around the walks.
- Due to the natural terrain of the land it should be noted that the pathways and steps may not be suitable for visually or mobility impaired people. It must also be noted that the physical exertion may be too strenuous for people with heart conditions or diabetes.
- During the autumn season, the walks are subjected to leaves falling on the pathways, due to the number of deciduous trees present. Staff aim to clear the pathways as much as reasonably possible, however it is a nature trail and any leaves or rain could create a slippery surface to walk on. It is recommended that sensible walking shoes are worn.
- There are no refreshment areas around the walks, so in the event of very hot weather it should be ensured that visitors have sufficient water or other fluids to see them around the walk. Due to natural tree cover, there are plenty of locations for people to rest in shaded areas.
- There are two emergency exits on the Waterfalls walk. One leads halfway down the first half of the walk and the other reaches halfway down the other side of the walk. Therefore in the case of an emergency a quad bike can be taken to a rescue point.
- In the case of an accident then staff have access to a landline phone at the entrance kiosk where the emergency services can be called along with any staff.
- There are many opportunities for the senses to be stimulated around both walks, from the beautiful scenery, the sounds of the waterfalls and birdsong and depending on the time of year, a wide range of flora and fauna.
- Most mobile phones can not get reception from half way around the Waterfalls walk due to the location. Orange, T-Mobile, EE and 3 are the only networks that work in Devil’s Bridge village. Please note that there are no public or emergency phones along the walks.
- At the entrance to the walks there is an icecream / gift shop and a beverage takeaway service. There is also a customer toilet inside the building. However, this is a seasonal business and it is not open during the winter months. There is also a hotel, pub and tearoom adjacent to the exit of the Waterfalls walk. This establishment is open all year round. There are public toilets opposite the steam train station in the village. The managers of Devil’s Bridge attraction have endeavoured to make this access statement as comprehensive as possible. However, if there is any other information that you require, please contact us on 01970 890233 to discuss your requirements further.