‘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
That’s what the famous 19th Century naturalist Alfred Russel
Wallace wrote 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
Bordering onto 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 adventure visit the Waterfalls Centre in Pontneddfechan
to see the Geopark exhibition. Have a chat to our guides and find
out what amazing things to look out for.
The Waterfall Country Walking Pack is available from the
Tourist Information Centre at Aberdulais and at the Waterfalls
Centre at Pontneddfechan. Call in, ask 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
Contact: The Tourist Information Centre on 01639
Waterfalls Information Centre 01639 721795
Bus: 158 hourly from Swansea or Neath daily.