Waterfall CountryMelincourt Falls

‘I cannot call to mind a single valley that in the same extent of country comprises so much beautiful and picturesque scenery and so many interesting and special features as the Vale of Neath’

Alfred Russel Wallace, My Life, 1908

The famous 19th Century naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace wrote this when he first experienced the Vale of Neath. And quite frankly, he summed it up pretty well. The ‘special features’ he refers to are the series of dramatic waterfalls blessing our valley. Waterfall Country is our hidden treasure, a sequence of mystical waterfalls that are particularly striking.

We have a range of walks accompanying the waterfalls, so follow the footsteps of past explorers and rediscover our ‘special features’ at Sgwd Gwladys, Melincourt Falls, Aberdulais and Sgwd yr Eira.

Bordering the Brecon Beacons National Park; Waterfall Country branches into the Fforest Fawr Geopark, a site of enormous geological importance. Before you set out on your exploration visit the Waterfalls Centre at Pontneddfechan to see the Geopark exhibition. Have a chat with our guides and find out what amazing things to look out for.

The Waterfall Country Walking Pack is available to purchase from Aberdulais Tin Works and Waterfall and at the Waterfalls Centre at Pontneddfechan. Call in for a copy and kickstart your discovery of waterfalls throughout the Vale of Neath.

Note of caution – the walks require proper care and preparation before and during your walk.


Access: The riverside walk along the Nedd Fechan is accessible to all for approx 1km. The Waterfall Walks beyond this point are inaccessible to wheelchair users. Please check with staff at theTourist Information Centre in Aberdulais or Waterfall Centre in Pontneddfechan before setting out.
Contact: The Waterfalls Information Centre 01639 721795

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Find out about where Neath Port Talbot is located as part of Swansea Bay and The Valleys of South Wales.

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