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Swansea Valley and Amman Valley


Swansea Valley


Surrounding the River Tawe, the Swansea Valley reaches as far north as the Brecon Beacons and almost as far south as Swansea Bay and Gower.

The Swansea Valley emanates Welsh culture and the Welsh language is widely spoken here. At the centre of the Valley is the thriving valley town of Pontardawe which is home to Pontardawe Arts Centre with its packed programme of comedy and theatre, and the Oriel Lliw Gallery which showcases the talent and creativity which is prevalent in these parts.

The quirky Pontardawe Festival is held in August each year and hosts live music artists from a range of genres, including folk, jazz, rock and lots more. The event also includes a traditional street parade and food and craft market.

In the centre of Pontardawe you will find a hidden secret, take a walk along the ancient wooded gorge at Cwm Du Glen and you will be rewarded with a view of an impressive waterfall.

The Swansea Canal, which runs along the valley floor, is teeming with wildlife. Follow the Swansea Valley Wildlife Walk to see for yourself how nature is now reclaiming this valley which was once an important player in the industrial revolution.

The Cwmtawe Cycle Way (National Cycle Route 43) which meanders alongside the River Tawe stretches the length of the valley and offers a great way to see this valley on two wheels.

At Cilybebyll village, which sits majestically above the Swansea Valley, you will find a village steeped in history with legendary Mabinogion tales of links to Arthurian Knight Urien Rheged. The Cilybebyll Walk will take you on a stroll through woods and meadows passing the ancient church of St John’s.

There is a great variety of excellent quality places to stay in the Swansea Valley. Visit our Places to Stay section to find your perfect stop over.

Why not explore our valleys on foot using our excellent public transport network, visit the Travel Adventures Wales website to discover routes in the Swansea Valley that can be accessed through public transport.


Swansea Valley Guides
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pdf Swansea Valley Guide 3.92 MB
pdf Pontardawe Town Guide 2.57 MB


Amman Valley

The most western of the five valleys within Neath Port Talbot, the Amman Valley is home to beautiful views over the Gwrhyd Mountain and is known widely to as the ‘Gateway to the Black Mountains’ of Brecon Beacons National Park.

The Upper Amman Valley’s earliest mention was in the ancient Mabinogion Folk Tales but the area came to greater prominence during its long and colourful history as a centre for the mining of high quality anthracite coal and metal-working but in more recent times, just like the Swansea Valley, nature has been gently reclaiming the area.

The Welsh welcome remains as warm as ever in an area in which the Welsh language and culture are a part of everyday life, nowhere more so than at the Amman Valley Trotting Club which offers a different and just as exciting take to a day at the races through the sport of harness racing.

Amman Valley Guide
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pdf Upper Amman Valley Guide 676 KB