New Viewing Windows created on the Vale of Rheidol Railway!
11 Viewing Windows created between Devil’s Bridge and Rheidol Falls Halt
The Vale of Rheidol Railway, in partnership with Natural Resources Wales, has created eleven new viewing windows along a two mile stretch of forested line between Rheidol Falls Halt and Devil’s Bridge. The line runs along a ledge high above the Rheidol Valley floor following the contours of the mountain side, from which dramatic views can be afforded. Spectacular views of Rheidol Falls and the Cymystwyth Quarry that were lost to rampant forest growth have been reopened. The windows, which are 50-100m wide have required around 250 trees to be felled, fitting in with NRW’s long term Age Structuring Plan. This tree felling will enable new, natural growth, including flowers and native Ash trees to grow. The work was completed over an intensive two week period by railway staff, external contractors Advanced Forestry & Garden Services and Natural Resources Wales. Adam Young, a member of the Vale of Rheidol’s Lineside Conservation Team who has previously worked in the wildlife conservation sector, said creating the Viewing Windows was good news, the project having been fourteen years in the planning to work with NRW’s Age Structuring Plan. He went on to say the new viewing windows will “dramatically enhance the visitor experience by reinstating the original Edwardian vistas.”