Valleys and Vales

Pontardawe Festival   Walking in the Valleys  


Throughout the decades, Neath Port Talbot has seen its fair share of change. Industry has changed. Jobs have changed. Land has changed. Even the rules of our beloved rugby have changed. The one thing that has remained the same and always will, is the Welsh culture and zest for life.

There is no better place to experience and become part of this culture than the Valleys and Vales of Neath Port Talbot. Be ready to meet some colourful characters, who will welcome you with a mystical tale about their beloved village.

Poets and artists have been celebrating the beauty and character of our Valleys for centuries. There are five valleys here in Neath Port Talbot, each with its own mesmerising tale!

The Vale of Neath

Having played a key role in the industrial revolution, the Vale of Neath is home to waterfall country, the Neath Canal and Aberdulais Tinworks and Waterfall. The waterfalls area near Pontneddfechan is the gateway to the Brecon Beacons and is part of the Fforest Fawr Geo Park.

Dulais Valley

The history of mining in the Dulais Valley can still be discovered at Cefn Coed Colliery Museum. The village of Banwen in the Dulais Valley is also believed to be the birthplace of St Patrick the Patron Saint of Ireland.

Afan Valley

Known worldwide as Afan Forest Park, the Afan valley has a rich mining heritage and is famous for its mountain bike trails. Home to Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre and Ponds, Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre and South Wales Miners Museum there is no end to the possibilities for a day out in the Afan Valley.

Swansea Valley

Home to the Swansea Canal, this valley emanates Welsh culture and the Welsh language is widely spoken. Pontardawe, once a thriving industrial centre hosts festivals throughout the year.

Upper Amman Valley

The most rural of our Valleys and gateway to the Black Mountains, the Welsh language is also spoken widely here. Home to the Amman Valley Trotting Club the area offers many opportunities for horse riding.