Valleys and Vales
Throughout the decades, Neath Port Talbot has seen a 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 Falls Tourist Information Centre. The waterfalls area
near Pontneddfechan is the gateway to the Brecon Beacons and is
part of the Fforest Fawr Geo
The history of mining in the Dulais Valley can still be
discovered at the 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.
Known worldwide as Afan Forest Park, the Afan valley has a rich
mining heritage and is famous for its world class 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.
Home to the Swansea Canal, this valley emanates Welsh culture
and the Welsh language is widely spoken. Pontardawe, once a
thriving industrial centre hosts the famous Pontardawe Arts
Festival every 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.
Walking in their footsteps……
There is no better way to discover our Valleys and Vales than on
foot. All of our Valleys are excellent for walking. Download our
top ten walks guide for walks in these and other areas of Neath