Parson's Bridge - Unmarked.

 

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List Number - 74

Name on maps:

Unmarked.

English Name:

 

Place:

Parson's Bridge

River:

Tributary of Rheidol

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: Nil

OS Landranger Map: 135/147

Map Reference: SN749789

Rating (1 is low,5 is high): 

Access: When travelling along the A4120 from the direction of Devils Bridge towards Ponterwyd (A44) there is a small church at Ysbyty Cynfyn Park in front of the church and to the left of the church is a track leading towards the falls. It crosses fields and the takes a steep course down hill through trees. Any slip here would be fatal and at the bottom I was pleasantly surprised to find a sturdy metal bridge and handrails. From the bridge there is a good view up and down the river. There is a clear view of the very narrow part where it is said that Parsons of old used to tie their horses up before crossing to give the services at the Church Ysbyty Cynfyn. The tree trunk always stuck in my mind as being the probable means of crossing!

The paths on the other side of the river can be followed downstream. They are quite rocky and on my visit the water thunders through this impressive gorge.

 

 

 

Comment: Path very steep but the gorge is good.

 

At the church there is evidence of a stone circle. Its origins are uncertain but it has been suggested that it may be Bronze age.

http://www.acadat.com/HLC/uplandceredigion/ysbytycynfyn.htm

http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=1375

http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/119/ysbyty_cynfyn.html

http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/celynog/mid_wales.htm

 

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Link: Google Map Link

 

Reproductions of lithographs by J. "Warwick" Smith, 1809

http://www.wales-walking.co.uk/hafodpix.htm

 

 

 

 

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