Welsh Legends and Where to Find Them Part 1

The Devil’s Bridge
The Devil’s Bridge

The Devil’s Bridge

Location: Ceredigion

Even without the story that accompanies it, Devils Bridge is a sight to behold. You’ll immediately notice that there is not one but three bridge placed above each other, each getting new as they go up. This peculiar sight is accompanied by some absolutely breath-taking scenery to boot, with the bridges placed over a large craggy rock parting that’s covered with lush greenery. There is however a reason that this bridge has such a sinister name, though the story doesn’t perhaps go the way you would imagine.

Long ago, some time around the 11th century the Devil decided to visit Ceredigion to take a look at its beautiful scenery (it seems even the Devil appreciated the wonder of nature), but he didn’t wish to leave without taking something with him. It wasn’t long before he found a lady in distress, and along with her an opportunity. An old woman had found herself in something of a predicament, her cow had wandered off and somehow found itself on the other side of the River Mynach, it would take her far too long to get there and retrieve it herself. So, the Devil being the helpful character he is offered to build her a bridge over the pass so she could go and retrieve the cow, all he asked in return is that he could have the soul of the first living thing that crossed it. The woman thought for a moment and then accepted the Devils deal. The Devil wasted no time in building and when the woman returned the next day, she was amazed to find that the bridge was completed. The Devil was practically salivating as she approached the it to cross it, but before she did, she rummaged in the pocket of her bag and pulled out a piece of bread which she threw across the bridge. Like a flash of light her dog bolted after it, making it the first living thing to cross the bridge. The Devil was so outraged and embarrassed that the lady had tricked him that he is said to have never returned to Wales since.

This bridge is said to be the bottom of the three bridges, when you visit, you’ll see why even the Devil wanted to take in this gorgeous landscape.

St David’s Miracle

Location: Llanddewi Brefi

St David’s Miracle
St David’s Miracle

St David is the patron saint of Wales and as such there is no shortage of stories about the man, many with locations that you can go and visit still today. He was born around the year 520, supposedly on the cliffs during a wild thunderstorm near the city that has since been named after him. As his sainthood implies, St David performed several miracles, healing, restoring sight and even bringing a boy back from the dead but one miracle stands out. He was once preaching to the people of LLanddewi Brefi but the crowd was large and struggled to hear him, then something amazing happened. A white dove landed on his shoulder and suddenly the ground he stood on began to rise, forming a hill in which all could see and hear him on. Today you will find a church on the hill that he his said to have created.