Aberdulais falls are formed as the River Dulais flows over hard Pennant Sandstone just before meeting the River Neath. The Area where the falls are at their best is owned and maintained by the National Trust. Entrance to view the falls incorporates an important part in the regions industrial heritage, it is here that Copper was produced in the 17th...more
Here you can get maps for your walks amongst the Waterfall which start just accross the road. There is also a nice little shop and exhibition about the area. There is no cafe/restaurant here but they do sell bottled water. The receptionist was very helpful during my visit.more
Just across the stone bridge near the entrance to Neath Abbey you will find a picturesque Canal. From here you will get some wonderful views of the Abbey and if you're feeling energetic can go for a stroll along the towpath. This area is teeming with Wildlife and gorgeous scenery.more
The remains of Neath Castle are situated right in the centre of town, just off the main shopping streets. It was established by Robert, Earl of Gloucester (founder of Margam Abbey), some time between 1114 and 1130. The stone buildings you can see are later, and the gatehouse to the north was built in the 1320s. The castle was virtually demolished...more
Neath Indoor market building dates back to 1837. It was renovated in 1904. Today, the market features and eclectic mix of stalls ranging from butchers and fresh vegetable stalls to hat and bag boutiques and cafes serving traditional Welsh food. There are some really interesting inscriptions and carvings around the door to the main entrance.more
St Thomas, the Parish Church of Neath was established in 1298 as a garrison chapel for the nearby Norman Castle of that time. The base of the tower dates from about 1340. It was raised to its' present position in 1691 using sutton stone brought from the ruins of Neath Abbey. The church contains hatchments, monuments and stained glass windows - some...more
In 1686 Sir Humphrey Mackworth married Mary Evans who was the heiress to the Gnoll Estate thereafter successive generations of the Mackworth family extended Gnoll House and by 1770 it was a magnificent Georgian Mansion. The Cellars and foundations of the house can still be seen today.Today, the Country Park is surrounded by a beautiful 18th Century...more
Neath Abbey was established in 1129 AD when Sir Richard de Granville gave 8,000 acres of his estate to Savigniac monks from western Normandy. The first monks arrived in 1130. Following the assumption of the Savigniac order into the Cistercian order in 1147, Neath Abbey also became a Cistercian house. The abbey was ravaged by the Welsh uprisings of...more
This is a truly amazing place to visit, from Glynneath - head towards the Waterfalls Centre in Pontneddfechan. Here you can buy a map & guide leaflet for a pound, this gives information on lots of walking trails and came in very handy indeed when trying to figure out how many waterfalls we had left to see! There are a few trails to follow ranging...more
This is a lovely looking restaurant situated right in the heart of Neath next door to the Castle. We didn't eat here because there were no tables free. The menu looked lovely and the fact that it was very busy makes me think that it's very nice indeed. I would love to eat here when I visit Neath again when I will be able to do a more constructive...more
After a long hard walk admiring the waterfalls at Pontneddfechan it's not difficult to understand why you'll have a huge appetite. We finished our walk about 3 o clock & realised that the main Pub in the village (The Angel) did not serve food all day - it was panic stations for a moment until we walked around the corner & saw the Dinas Inn in the...more
When walking around the Waterfalls in this area always wear stout walking boots as it can be very muddy underfoot; some of the paths walk alongside ravines - slipping is not an option!! Also check the weather forecast before you set out & wear appropriate clothing.
This lovely waterfall can be found in the Melincourt Nature Reserve. The reserve is made up of Ancient woodland and throughout the year many species of flora and fauna can be found here. The spectacular 80 foot Waterfall is just a ten minute walk away from the Car park. The lovely path weaves its' way alongside the gushing stream when eventually as you climb the small incline, you will see the waterfall before you. I visited after many days of really heavy rain, it was spectacular. I found myself mesmorized by the tranquil surroundings and the sheer force of the gushing water. Apart from the path to the waterfall, there is a circular path which takes in the rest of the reserve. You will find further details of this path on the information board in the car park.
The Waterfalls are signposted off the A465 at the Resolven roundabout.