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OUTING BY COACH TO DEVIL'S BRIDGE THEN STEAM TRAIN TO ABERYSTWYTH (E16G)

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On Wednesday, 25th May 2016, we had a full coach for our day out. Normally the coach starts picking-up people outside The Temple Bar, stops at Mark's, and then picks up most people at the Memorial Hall. This time it was the other way around for we headed off in the opposite direction from normal, leaving the Memorial Hall at 8.35am. The coach went up the Golden Valley (through Peterchurch, etc.) then through Hay-on-Wye, Builth Wells & Rhayader, following the early part of the Wye Valley before heading off to our first destination of the day - Devil's Bridge. This proved a worthy destination for not only did it provide the starting-point for the next stage of the trip (on the steam train) but also included the justifiably-famous Devil's Bridge Falls. The entrance to the walks leading to the falls was only a few minutes' walk from the car/coach park and offered both a short walk, which several people managed to do (the steps down & up did not take too long!), and a longer walk for which there was not enough time but which looked worthy of a trip in the future. The short walk provided an excellent view of the 3 bridges which cross the Rheidol Gorge. See this web site for more information on Devil's Bridge, its Falls, and the walks.

A major attraction of the day was the trip on the small steam train from Devil's Bridge to Aberystwyth along the Rheidol Valley. This provided stunning views - for, as David & Ray always seem to arrange, the weather was just right: clear skies and neither too hot nor too cold. The journey lasted about 1 hour. This is recommended to anyone who has not been on it. For more information, see the railway's web site here.

We arrived in Aberystwyth about lunchtime so most of us headed for something to eat. We had about 3 hours to spend in Aberystwyth as we wished: some deciding to take a ride on the Cliff Railway (see here), some just strolling along the beach and around town, some managing both. For many of us it was either the first time ever to the town or the first time for many years. Most of us viewed it as worthy of another visit in the near future.

The coach picked us up by the Aberystwyth Railway Station and took us back to Ewyas Harold. It was a very good day out.

 

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The 3 bridges at Devil's Bridge. The lowest one is the one that, according to legend, was built by the Devil.

 

 

[Photo off the Internet. Anyone have one that was taken on the day?]

 

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One of the trains.

 

 

 

 

 

[Photo by Jackie BG.]

 

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On the train.

 

 

 

 

 

[Photos by Spencer A.]

 

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Views from the train.

 

 

 

 

 

[Photos by Spencer A.]

 

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Arriving at Aberystwyth.

 

 

 

 

[Photos by Spencer A.]