Picturesque and Wonderful – The Vale of Neath
The Vale of Neath is a place of natural beauty, with visitors surrounded with wonderful scenery that includes the popular ‘Waterfall Country’.
It is basically the Vale of Neath’s scenery and its natural and industrial background that has drawn famous names like JMW
Turner to paint there. The time when the celebrated naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace visited the Vale of Neath early in the 20th Century motivated him to say that, ‘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’
Should you be looking for waterfall walks, at Aberdulais Falls you will find a totally accessible waterfall with a lift to the major attraction. Only a few miles along the valley in Resolven you will discover Melincwrt Waterfall that features a short 15 minute walk to an extraordinary 80ft high waterfall. People on the lookout for tougher waterfall walks frequently head
over to Sgwd Gwladys at Pontneddfechan and the encompassing waterfalls inside of Brecon Beacons National Park.
The Neath and Tenant Canals weave through this historical land. On a stroll along the Tennant Canal you are going to pass the magnificent 12th century Neath Abbey leading to the town of Neath featuring its 14th century Castle.
Neath Town Centre, with its flourishing inside market, hosts popular high street brands and independent retailers with a superb choice of café’s, pubs, restaurants and hotels. The Neath Food and Drink Festival is held in Neath Town Centre every year at the beginning of October.
Why don't you experience our valleys on foot making use of the outstanding public transport system, check out the Travel Adventures Wales website to find paths in the Vale of Neath that can be reached via public transport.