|The Rheidol Valley|
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Take the A44 east from Aberystwyth following the Rheidol river and take a right in the village of Capel Bangor to take you along the lower reaches of the lovely Rheidol valley. En route the Rheidol Power Station and Visitor Centre will provide you with information regarding the Hydro Electric Power scheme which involves not only the reservoir in the valley itself but also the Nant-y-Moch and Dinas reservoirs on the upper reaches of the Rheidol. (These can be reached by turning left off the A44 in the village of Ponterwyd along the signposted ‘scenic route’). A café in the Visitor Centre provides light refreshments.
Approximately 20 minutes east from town on the A44 Bwlch Nant-yr-Arian forestry centre, from its high vantage point, provides spectacular views of the Rheidol valley and numerous marked walks. There is a café and visitor centre overlooking the lake which will provide you with an opportunity to view the rare red kite’s nest. Red kites are fed on the lakeside daily.
Nearby are the Llywernog Silver - Lead mines. The museum here will give you an insight into the history of an industry that dominated North Ceredigion in the latter half of the 1800s and which influenced both landscape and people. There is an underground tour as well as the opportunity to pan for silver.
A right turn at the village of Ponterwyd will take you along the A4120 to Devil’s Bridge (Pontarfynach). This popular destination, which can also be reached by the Vale of Rheidol narrow gauge railway from Aberystwyth, combines both idyllic beauty and folk legend. The main attraction are the three spectacular bridges, one built on top of another spanning the churning river Mynach which drops 300 feet to join the river Rheidol. The oldest and lowest bridge was apparently built by the monks of Strata Florida Abbey and dates from the 11th century.