Bridge sights in Wales
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With its Gothic turrets, Thomas Telford's handsome suspension bridge looks, at first glance, like an extension to Conwy Castle. It was completed, however, in 1826, the same year as Telford's other milestone bridge over the Menai Strait - both of them intended to speed the movement of people and goods from London to Holyhead.
Like its Menai cousin, it was eclipsed a quarter of a century later by an adjacent steel bridge designed by Robert Stephenson (who also designed the arch where the railway punctures the old town walls). The Conwy suspension bridge is now pedestrian and you can visit its restored tollhouse, furnished as it was over a century ago.
In the lush Western slopes of the Rheidol Valley, the Rivers Mynach and Rheidol tumble together in a narrow gorge. Just above the confluence, the Rheidol drops 90m (295ft) in a series of spectacular waterfalls. Devil's Bridge is itself a famous crossing-point where three bridges are stacked above each other.
The lowest was supposedly built by the Knights Templar before 1188, the middle one in 1753 and the uppermost road-bridge in recent times. The viewing platform is a 10-minute round-trip on foot; wear sensible footwear. Unfortunately there's no way to avoid the charge - if you don't cough up, you won't see a sausage.
Monnow Bridge, at the southwest end of Monnow St, is the UK's only complete example of a late-13th-century fortified bridge. Much of what you see now was restored in 1705. On the far side of the bridge is the partly Norman St Thomas's Church.