Devil’s Bridge

16 May
The gorge at Devil's Bridge

The gorge at Devil’s Bridge

Hunting wild megaliths in West Wales last week, we took a detour to Devil’s Bridge in Ceredigion, near Aberystwyth.It’s an extraordinary gorge – at the top, three separate bridges are stacked on top of one another. The most recent is an iron bridge  from 1901, under this is one from 1753 and under that, the original from 1075–1200.

Here the River Mynach drops a spectacular 90 metres down the ravine until it meets the River Rheidol. According to legend the original bridge was built by the Devil because it was too difficult for humans and in return the Devil would take the soul of the first living thing that crossed it. He was tricked by an old woman who threw bread onto the bridge so that her dog ran across. The Devil was furious but didn’t want the soul of a dog and disappeared in a puff of smoke.

I drew onto Fabriano paper prepare with my home-made walnut ink, using carbon and Daler Rowney soft pastels.

I’m travelling around South West Wales with archaeologist Dewi Bowen who is researching his new book on Neolithic / Bronze Age monuments based on the trail of The Boar Hunt, Y Twrch Trwyth, from The Mabinogion, a book of Welsh Legend. His previous book on the stones of Ancient Siluria (South East Wales) can be found here. Accompanying us is film maker Melvyn Williams who is recording a documentary about our experiences. Some of Melvyn’s short films can be seen here. I’m currently working on a series of expressive drawings of ancestral sites and if you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.


10 Responses to “Devil’s Bridge”

  1. Michael Richards (certainline) May 17, 2016 at 13:28 #

    Wonderfully evocative painting, Rosie. I used to visit Devil’s Bridge as a child – isn’t there a steam train there? – when we used to stay at Clarach Bay near Aberystwyth. An astonishing place.

    • Rosie Scribblah May 17, 2016 at 14:53 #

      Thanks Michael, there is the steam train on the Rheidiol railway connecting with Aberystwyth – a beautiful part of the country

  2. Rachel Terwillger May 17, 2016 at 02:44 #

    Absolutely stunning Rosie. Your work is always so alive.

  3. kestrelart May 16, 2016 at 23:48 #

    Something primal and organic about this picture.

  4. Lois May 16, 2016 at 23:34 #

    What an amazing place… is it as spooky as it looks?

    • Rosie Scribblah May 17, 2016 at 04:11 #

      Oh yes, very brutal and spectacular. Standing at the bottom looking up at the 3 bridges stacked on each other is amazing.

      • Lois May 17, 2016 at 08:23 #

        Is a book going to be published about your travels? I’ll be buying it if it is! So many places I’d like to visit

    • Rosie Scribblah May 17, 2016 at 09:07 #

      That’s an idea – Wales is so extraordinary 🙂

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