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Coed Rheidol

The Rheidol valley is altogether one of the most spectacular landscapes in Wales. Coed Rheidol itself is an excellent example of the sessile oak woodland that is typically found in Wales, although the woodland also contains other trees such as birch, rowan and hazel.

Coed Rheidol NNR is part of the Rheidol Woods and Gorges Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and the Coedydd a Cheunant Rheidol Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Grid Ref: SN745783   Area: 165.91 hectares

Coed Rheidol

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There are a number of public footpaths through the reserve that allow visitors to appreciate the plants and animals of the woodland and the exciting landscape in which they are set.

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Devil’s Bridge Grid Ref: SN741770

Please keep to these paths as the steep terrain and past mining activity on the site makes it very hazardous in places.

At Devil’s Bridge you can get great views of the gorge and woodland by visiting the Waterfalls Walk. The walk is privately run and there’s an admission charge.

North of Devil’s Bridge the valley is a steep sided gorge through which the river Rheidol rushes.

Photo by Mike

Coed Rheidol









Follow the river’s path and you’ll see it turns to the west at Devil’s Bridge before entering a ‘U’ shaped valley formed by glacial action during the last Ice Age, 12,000 years ago.

At this point, the river takes on a more leisurely pace as it meanders to the sea at Aberystwyth.

How to get there

There is no main access point to the reserve and this is partly due to the dispersed nature of the area.

Photo by Mike

Coed Rheidol





Access is relatively easy from the A44, which runs to the north of the site. Bangor visitors can access the western part of the NNR by leaving the A44 in Capel – and this includes access to Coed Simdde Llwyd.

By leaving the A44 at Ponterwyd the northern section of the reserve can be accessed at either Ysbyty Cynfyn or at Devil’s Bridge.

The number 525 bus service between Aberystwyth and Llanidloes passes through Ponterwyd. Additionally, the Royal Mail post bus – number 596 - runs a limited service between Cwmystwyth and Aberystwyth, calling at Devil’s Bridge.

The Vale of Rheidol narrow gauge steam railway also runs through the reserve on its route between Aberystwyth and Devil's Bridge, between April and October.

For more information on services and times, contact Traveline Cymru on 0871 2002233 or visit www.traveline-cymru.org.uk


There are no facilities on the reserve but there are toilets, accessible with a RADAR key. Parking facilities and refreshments are also available at Devil’s Bridge.

In addition, refreshments and toilets are also available in the Visitor Centre at the E-ON Power Station.

Who looks after it?

Coed Rheidol is managed by CCW while the Coed Simdde Llwyd section is managed by the Wildlife Trust South and West Wales. You can contact the trust by phoning 01656 724100 or by email at info@welshwildlife.org

You can contact the CCW western region reserves team via the enquiries help line on 0845 1306229 or by email at enquires@ccw.gov.uk. You can also write to us at the address under ‘Contact the team’.

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