Walking

Walking trail

Craig Gwladys walk

Walking trail

Enjoy impressive views of the lower Neath Valley from the higher points of this circular walk, which links into the village of Cadoxton.

Stretch your legs along the towpath on the Neath Canal

The steep, rugged hillside was formed by glacial ice during the last Ice Age and the park features two series of high, vertical crags of massive Pennant limestone.

Wooden steps along the woodland trail at Craig Gwladys

Map

Map route for Craig Gwladys walk

Start:

Aberdulais Tin Works and Waterfall, grid ref: SS769995

1

Turn right out of the entrance to Aberdulais Falls and follow the pavement until you reach a set of steps. These take you through a small housing development and onto the road. Go up the hill until you reach the park entrance on your left, just beyond Cilfrew Primary School.

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2

Follow the left-hand path to the upper car park. Turn left alongside a stream for about 10yd (9m) then take the path to your right.

3

Follow the path up a steep hill to a T-junction where you turn left.

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4

Continue upwards to the top of the hill with the woods on your left and Neath Golf Course on your right. The panoramic views of the Neath and Dulais Valleys are breathtaking.

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5

Follow the path back down the hill until you reach a well-marked 'dram' road. This takes you down to the main road in Cadoxton village. Cross the road and follow a short path to the canal side.

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6

Turn left on to the towpath.

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7

Follow the path to the canal basin. Turn right under an old railway bridge, then right again onto the road by the Railway Inn. Go over the bridge across the River Neath and turn immediately right. Pass the Royal British Legion and follow the path under the dual carriageway and out onto the road opposite Aberdulais Falls.

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End:

Aberdulais Tin Works and Waterfall, grid ref: SS769995

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Craig Gwladys walk

Terrain

The trail follows well-made paths or roads, mostly through woodland and joins pavemented roads at several points. The park is 1 mile (1.6km) long but rises 500ft (152m) from 80ft (24.3m) above sea level to 575ft (175m).

The park is cared for and run by Neath Port Talbot Council with support from volunteers from the Friends of Craig Gwladys.

This trail is great for dogs.

Craig Gwladys walk

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Craig Gwladys walk

How to get here

Address
Craig Gwladys Country Park, Cadoxton, near Neath
By train

Neath station 3 miles (4.8km).

By road

From the east, south or west: At M4 J43 follow A465 signposted Merthyr Tydfil. Leave A465 at junction with A4109 signposted Seven Sisters. At the roundabout, take the third exit (A4109). Aberdulais Falls is about 200yd (180m) ahead on the left-hand side. Free parking available on the opposite side of the road.

From the north: Follow A465 southbound towards Neath. Leave at A4109 junction signposted Seven Sisters/Blaendulais. Follow brown signs for Aberdulais.

By bus

Services 154 and 158 from Neath stop outside the gate.

By bicycle

Follow the canal path up from B&Q in Neath. National Cycle Network 47 passes the entrance  Bicycle parking is available.

Craig Gwladys walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are very welcome
  • Free parking
  • Bicycle parking is available