‘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
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
Contact: The Waterfalls Information Centre 01639