Yes but it should be kept on a lead and be fit enough to cope with all the steps.
It is also easier to go through when there is an attendant on duty so that you can enter through the side gate. Large dogs can find entering through the coin operated turnstiles a squeeze.
Unfortunately due to the rough terrain and the 600 or so steps it is not possible to use a pushchair on the nature trail. However if you feel that your child could manage the steps or you are welcome to leave your pushchair with the attendant at the entrance kiosk.
It really is a challenging walk and anyone with a health issue should really consider carefully whether or not they should attempt the walk. There is the option to walk as far as the viewing gazebo to see the waterfalls and then return back to the entrance the same way you came. This will take about 30 mins and you won’t have so many steps to climb. Alternatively you could do the Punchbowl walk which is shorter. You won’t see the waterfalls but you will see the 3 bridges built one on top of the other.
We really recommend that you wear walking shoes or at least trainers as the nature trail path is rough and uneven.
Yes, there are a couple of picnic tables 200 meters from the start of the walk. There are also benches in various places around the walk.
Don’t worry, if you show the website page on your phone to the attendant then that will be enough. You can’t use the voucher during non-attendant hours. You only need one voucher per payment, not one per person.
Yes when there is an attendant on duty. At other times you need £1 coins to put into the entrance turnstile.
We suggest that you allow at least 45 minutes for the waterfalls nature trail walk. Some people can do it quicker but if you are taking photos and enjoying the scenery then allow a bit extra. Other people find the walk very challenging and it takes them over an hour. Your fitness levels and health pay a big part on how long the walk takes. Once you have paid to enter then you can spend as long as you want on the walk. Bring your camera, or art pad or just enjoy the scenery and listen to the bird song.
The train is a great way to travel up to Devil’s Bridge but you are limited to their timetable. The orange timetable times only allow you 1 hour in Devil’s Bridge so if you want to do the waterfalls walk then you need to leave the train station on arrival and head left down the hill, pass the hotel and walk over the bridge to the entrance kiosk. The exit is opposite the hotel. The Yellow and green timetable times allow you longer but they only run in the high season.
At the entrance to the attraction there is a free carpark which holds about 40 cars. If this is full then there are several other places that you can park within walking distance such as the Woodlands tearoom or the Hafod hotel carpark. You will need to pay if you use the train station carpark.
The path is easy to follow and it is a circular walk. When there is an attendant on duty you will be given a map. This also has the legend on the back so you can read about why Devils Bridge got it’s name.
Many people enjoy the walk on a rainy day. As long as you are suitably dressed and take care you will be fine. Some of the steps are slate and can get slippery so use the hand rails provided. It’s actually quite sheltered under the canopy of the ancient oak woodland that the path leads you down. There is a viewing gazebo that you can shelter in.
The most perfect time to visit is on a nice day after a few days of rainfall. Then the falls can take your breath away as the spray hits your face when standing on the viewing platform. However the nature trail is beautiful and interesting at any time of the year. The leaves in the summer hide some of the full view of the waterfall but the daylight shining on the green leaves is beautiful. In Autum the Oak, Larch, Beech, Elm, Fir and Holly create a stunning palette of colours. In winter there can be icicles clinging to the edges of the waterfall and from the roof of Robbers cave however the paths can be very slippery when we have heavy frosts and snow. In Spring the new leaves are vivid and fresh and it’s stunning.
After the attendant has gone there is still access to the path through the coin operated turnstile. However the paths are not lit at night so you shouldn’t enter at least 1 hour before dusk. You won’t get a mobile reception once you are at the bottom of the gorge if you need to call for help.
It really is an awesome sight to see. The first bridge was built for people walking who needed a quick way across the gorge. The middle bridge is slightly wider and was built so that horses and carriages and the first of the motor vehicles could cross over. By 1901 a stronger wider bridge was required to withstand the weight of heavy cars and lorries. As you stand and look at the 3 bridges try and imagine the old road levels and the type of people that used the bridges.
The waterfall was formed due to the river Rheidol changing course and joining up with the river Mynach. Over many years the river Rhiedol had already carved through the rock creating the gorge as it flowed towards the sea in Aberystwyth. The river Mynach tumbles off it’s shallow river bed down to the Rheidol river bed 300 feet below.
The punch bowl is where the river has carved round pot- hole shapes in the rock. If you look closely you can see different layers in the rock.
Pontarfynach is the Welsh name for the village and the translation is Monks Bridge. It is believed that monks actually built the bottom bridge so that they had an easier route to Strata Florida in Pontrhydfendigaid where there was a thriving Abbey. The name Devil’s Bridge was conjured up to attract tourist to the area; and it worked. Visitors have been coming here even before the top bridge was built. The Victorians would pay for a guided walk to see the waterfalls. There were no hand rails in those days and it was extremely dangerous. Gradually steps were built and hand rails provided.
There is an ice-cream and gift kiosk at the entrance to the walk which is open during the main season. At the exit to the walk there is the Hafod hotel and pub. There is also the Woodlands Tearooms just 300 meters from the falls carpark and the Two Hoots tearoom at the train station.
Devil’s Bridge is quite small. During the main season there is the chocolate shop to visit where you can see the chocolates being made. You could also call in at the steam train station and watch the train arriving or leaving the station. Alternatively you can stand on the small bridge and wave as it passes underneath. Bring your tent, tourer or campervan and stay at The Woodlands Caravan Park located just 5 minutes walk from the Waterfalls.