Your Bus to Adventure!
Your day out is an adventure whether it is in energetic outdoor activity, exploration of the countryside or discovering history; anticipation of which is formed on the bus journey there. The unbelievably beautiful Vale of Neath (immortalised by the internationally famous artist Turner) and Dulais Valley are packed with adventurous opportunities and only a short trip by Cymru Clipper bus from Swansea and Neath.
What to Explore in the Vales of Neath & Dulais
Aberdulais Tinworks & Waterfall
Take an amazing adventure into industrial history and the power of water at this National Trust site. Marvel at the spectacular waterfall which is the main feature of a torrent of water running through the Dulais Valley that has been the driving force for over 400 years of industrial innovation. Witness a working water-wheel in action and supplying power as it did many years ago to the tinplate works, though now to the national grid. Discover the array of wildlife found at Aberdulais; the river and natural surroundings makes it perfect for nature and wildlife. Attractions here for all ages; and the kids will love it too with lots of fun activities. Refreshments at the Old School House Tearoom. Big Kids offer when you show your bus ticket: adults entry at child prices.
Buses: Take service X8 to Aberdulais Falls.
Aqueducts, Basins and Towpaths; the Heritage of Canals
A there and back walk on the Neath Canal towpath between Resolven Canal Basin and the former Pentreclwydau Lock (8 kilometres/5 miles) takes you through an area of stunning natural beauty. Aberdulais was the commercial hub of the canals in the valley. The Tennant Canal from Swansea crosses the River Neath here on an historic aqueduct where water passes over water! Here, it joins the Neath Canal from Briton Ferry at the Canal Basin, where goods were transferred between barges. The skew bridge is a historically significant feature where the canals joined. Refreshments at the Old School House Tearoom at Aberdulais Falls.
Buses: Take service X8 to Aberdulais Falls
The Neath Canal continues to Resolven and beyond. A fascinating and easy walk takes you along the towpath between the Aberdulais Basin and Resolven Lock which features canal lock gates at Clyne and an aqueduct at Ynysbwllog. A short detour en route to visit the secluded and beautiful Melincourt Waterfall is recommended.
Buses: Take service X8 to Aberdulais Falls; return on X7 from Clyne, Melincourt or Resolven.
A Profusion of Waterfalls!
Discover the greatest concentration of waterfalls in Britain in the Vale of Neath and experience the adventure in getting to them. The highest and probably the most attractive is Henrhyd Waterfall at Coelbren which plunges 90 feet/27 metres into a deep wooded gorge. From the bus terminus at Banwen, it is a 5 kilometre/3 mile ‘there and back’ walk to the waterfall.
Buses: Take service X8 to Coelbren.
Banwen's Legendary Heritage
The small former mining village of Banwen has the most amazing history going back to Roman times when it was a fortress on the cross-Wales Sarn Helen road. Today, the entrance to the southern section of Sarn Helen is marked by a large Roman-style mosaic and nearby is a plaque commemorating that St Patrick, patron saint of Ireland was born here during the time of Roman occupation.
Buses: take service X8 to Banwen.
Dulais Valley Quads
Scramble through the rough terrain of hills, woodlands and streams in the Dulais Valley on Quad Bikes. You will need to reserve your place before travelling; telephone 01639 701768.
Buses: Take service X8 to Nantycafn (Seven Sisters).