Apart from dropping into our wool and needlework shop there are many reasons to visit our village and the surrounding area at the top of the Neath Valley in South Wales.
There are some wonderful walks or cycle routes that can be followed from the village to take in our canal, the old iron works, the viaduct on Brunels’ railway, the fascinating Cwm Gwrelych Geo Heritage Trail and more – hiking project Cwm Gwrelych. This waymarked geology trail starts and ends in Pont Walby Village and covers 2.3 miles ( 3.7 km) taking about 2 hours to complete. The trail includes one or two steep gradients. Information along the route is presented on 10 bilingual interpretation panels sited at key points.
There is a heritage trail through our villages including PontWalby, Glynneath, Blaengwrach and Cwmgwrach and if you would like to download and print a copy of the Heritage Trail leaflet please click on this link GLYNNEATH & CWMGWRACH HERITAGE TRAIL LEAFLET
Glynneath is the ‘Gateway to Waterfall Country’. Just over a mile away lies the small village of Pontneddfechan ( Pontneathvaughan). From here you can follow paths along the rivers and see the many waterfalls. Or you can follow the gentle and informative walk through the gunpowder works.
Glynneath lies on the Southern side of Brecon Beacons National Park. It is a short drive to places like the National Showcaves Centre at Dan-yr-Ogof for example or to the Brecon Moutain Railway near Merthyr Tydfil.
Once you have trekked or rambled, cycled or walked you can refresh yourselves in one of several ‘locals’. In Pontneathvaughan there is the ‘Old White Horse Inn’ and the ‘Angel’, both great for food too. There is the ‘Gadlys’ cafe which is excellent for a drink and a snack. Towards Glynneath there is the ‘Halfway house’ pub and then the ‘Dinas Rock’ pub. On the other side of Glynneath there is the ‘Lamb and Flag’, a great place to eat and stay.
If you fancy a spot of Rugby Glynneath RFC play at Abernant Park in Glynneath and you are sure to be welcome if you drop in for a drink or to watch a game. Visit the website to see whats going on.
In Glynneath we have an historical society which meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 2pm at Glynneath Training Centre. Subjects covered are varied and not just local interest. Visitors are most welcome.
So please visit us in Glynneath and discover our village and our local heritage. We are sure you will not be disappointed.