Everyone else seemed to come to Aberystwyth too. On the Saturday the town was gridlocked with not a place to park. We eventually found a council pay and display car park, booked into our hotel and had a walk around Aberystwyth. The next day was Easter Sunday and we drove out of Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge.
There is so much to do here that we just didn't get time for and I imagine it is a fantastic place in the summer. Here are a few things we found to do despite the rain, hail, wind and snow.
1. Aberystwyth Sea Front
Aberystwyth gets the first of the storms across the Irish Sea and the waves batter the sea front. This makes for fantastic waves and lots of foamy sea. There is a pier with the usual entertainment, a pub and a night club but we didn't get to visit.
2. Aberystwyth Castle
This is free and is up on the headland. It's not very far to walk and gives great views over the bay
3. The Cliff railway
The railway is an electric funicular railway that takes visitors up and down the cliff. It costs £3 one way or £4 return. It was so windy when we went we just had the ride up, stayed 10 minutes and took the next carriage down. Views at the top are stunning and there is a cafe for a cup of tea. There is a footpath but where's the fun in that?
4. Hinterland/ Y Gwyll locations
Hinterland the TV series is filmed here so lots of the places were a little familiar. If you are very keen there are organised walks taking in the locations.
|This empty building is the Police Station|
5. Devils Bridge
A few miles out of Aberystwyth is the Devils Bridge and waterfalls. There are three bridges all built on top of one another. The first in the 11th century, the second in 1753 and the third in 1901. The legend has it that only the devil could build a bridge across the river and he agreed to build a bridge but demanded payment of the soul of the first living thing to cross it. Once it was completed an old lady threw bread onto the bridge, her dog ran across the bridge and became the first life to cross it.
It costs £1 to go through turnstyles and descend the steps to see the bridges. There are also nature walks that take visitors past more waterfalls for an additional fee.
6. Vale of Rheidol Railway
This little train travels from Aberystwyth to Devils Bridge. It stays at Devils Bridge for an hour and returns to Aberystwyth.Timetable and prices are on their website.
7. Ysbwty Cynfyn Stone Circle
Just past Devils Bridge is a little church that would be unremarkable except that within its churchyard walls are five standing stones. They are thought to be from the Bronze age, around 1,500 BC.
8. Look out for Red Kites
We were lucky enough to see lots of Red Kites on our travels. Whilst visiting the stone circle one hovered just feet away, not bothered that we were there at all. We guessed this was because of the contact they have at the Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre where they feed the Red Kites every day at 2pm (GMT) so in summer at 3pm.
|Unfortunately this is not my photo. They were too fast for me.|
9. Strata Florida Abbey
The ruins of this abbey are managed by CADW and there is an entrance fee of £3.50 per adult. The abbey was founded in the 12th century and has a chequered history. Thought to be sympathetic to Owain Glyndwr it was seized by King Henry IV and plundered. It was used as a military base and and then returned to the Cistercian monks.
It was dissolved by Henry VIII and left to deteriorate.
|On the hill is a statue of a pilgrim walking to the abbey|
10. The A44
Drive along the road out of Aberystwyth through the Cambrian Mountains. The road is twisty and the views wonderful. We had snow!
We will definitely be back because we loved it. Do you have any suggestions for my next visit?