Pontneddfechan and Sgwd Gwladus

Covid-19 – further advice on enjoying the Geopark safely.

Waterfall Country has been particularly busy during 2021 – why not explore another part of the Geopark or wider national park at the moment? If you must visit this area, to avoid accidents, please do not be tempted to jump into pools. It may look inviting but the water is often shallower than it appears and there are hidden just beneath its dark surface.


Beautiful walk beside the Nedd Fechan from behind the Angel Inn at Pontneddfechan with the spectacular Sgwd Gwladus at its end.

OS grid ref SN 900076 (parking) to SN 896093

The walk, much of it on the line of a former tramway serving the now abandoned silica mines along the route, takes about 40 minutes one way.

Geology

  • Carboniferous: Farewell Rock, Twelve Foot Sandstone, Cumbriense Sandstone, Bishopston Mudstones

Maps

  • OS Landranger 160, Explorer map OL12
  • Geological — BGS 1:50,000 sheet: 231 ‘Merthyr Tydfil’

Guides

  • Geotrail
  • ‘Goblin Gwladus’ and ‘Fossils & Firebricks’ audio trails available for download

Facilities

  • Public toilets
  • Car parking at SN 900076
  • Pubs
  • Entry: free

Accessibility

  • Largely flat to picnic area.
  • Take care beside deep/fast-flowing and cold river, especially on potentially slippery rock surfaces.

Transport links

  • By car — at the end of the B4242 from Glynneath
  • By train — nearest stations at Neath and Merthyr Tydfil — see Traveline Cymru
  • By bus — see Traveline Cymru

Other attractions nearby