GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Neath Waterfalls Walk

9 miles (15 km)

This long circular walk explores the rivers and waterfalls in the Vale of Neath, also known as 'Waterfall Country'. It's a spectacularly beautiful area with a huge number of waterfalls to see. The falls are of varying size with some of them allowing you to walk behind them for a really special experience.
This route runs for about 9 miles on generally good footpaths with some moderate climbing as you cross the countrsyide between the two woodland gorges.
The route starts in the village of Pontneddfechanand heads north along the Afon Nedd Fechan and the Afon Pyrddin where there's a lovely wooded gorge and the Sgwd Gwladus falls to see. The route then heads north east out of the gorge into open countryside towards Ystradfellte. Here you can pick up the popular Four Waterfalls Walk to visit Sgwd Clun-Gwyn, Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn, Sgwd y Pannwr and Sgwd-yr-Eira waterfalls. The route then follows more woodland trails through the forest to the east of the village before returning to Pontneddfechan.
Near the town of Neath itself there are two more lovely waterfalls to visit. You could head north of the town to Aberdulais Falls where you can enjoy the rushing water of the River Dulais surrounded by cliffs and interesting vegetation.
To the east you can visit the 80 feet high Melincourt Falls near Resolven.

Neath Waterfalls Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Neath Waterfalls Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Photos

Sgwd Gwladus - geograph.org.uk - 14639

Sgwd Gwladus

Sgwd Isaf Clun-gwyn, Afon Mellte

Sgwd Isaf Clun-gwyn, Afon Mellte

Sgwd y Pannwr falls

Sgwd y Pannwr

Veil of Snow - Sgwd yr Eira

Veil of Snow Sgwd yr Eira

Waterfalls Centre, Pontneddfechan, Wales

The Waterfalls Centre, main building centre right, provides information on the waterfalls of the River Neath tributaries, Brecon Beacons National Park and the Fforest Fawr Geopark. In the foreground is the boundary marker for the National Park and the boundary between Powys and Neath Port Talbot. On the extreme left is the historic Angel Inn, Pontneddfechan.

Neath Waterfall

Neath Waterfall

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Neath Waterfalls Walk.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)