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Swansea Ramblers Walk



Neath & Tennant Canals




Walk Start / Finish Location:
Morrisons Supermarket Car Park, Neath

Walk Distance: 4-5 miles (3 hours)

Walk Level: Easy but with some narrow towpaths and bridges with low headroom

Parking: Public car parks in Neath Town Centre

Transport: Traveline - www.traveline.info   - or - Telephone 0871 200 22 33




Walk Description



Today's walk follows the Tennant Canal north to Aberdulais then returns south on the Neath Canal.
Alternatively a bus can be taken to Aberdulais to do half the walk.

Cross the canal footbridge to the towpath and turn left.
Go under the bridge and where the canal disappears under the road turn right.
Cross the River Neath then descend right onto the Tennant Canal towpath.
The towpath is narrow and uneven under some of the A465 flyovers so take care.
Continue past old canal bridges and under the A465 again.
The canal ends at the disused Aberdulais aqueduct where there are pubs and a cafe.
You can also visit the National Trust property at Aberdulais Falls.
Turn right to the road junction and then left to the Railway Tavern.
Turn left and go under the railway arch to the canal basin.
Continue to the opposite side of the basin and turn right to cross the canal bridge.
Keep to the left to join the Neath Canal. Cross the road and pick up the towpath again.
Watch for the River Neath as it occasionally flows close to the canal.
Pass by the cottage at the lock gate and later look left for the ancient church of St Illtyd.
Continue along the canal past waterside housing to your starting point.


Ramblers Cymru and Swansea Ramblers provide these routes but accept no responsibility for those walking them.

If you would like to go on a walk but would prefer to do so with a group of people then click on our Programme section to see what walks we are leading.

We have walks for varying levels of ability and you get the chance to see the countryside in places you might never go by yourself!






Maps of the Walk






Ordnance Survey map of the route to walk
Resizable and draggable
(Can be reset to original dimensions by refreshing the page)
Green Swansea Ramblers logo markers where present can be clicked to provide more information






This aerial map is resizable and draggable
(Can be reset to original dimensions by refreshing the page)

A 25,000 Ordnance Survey map of the area
can be viewed by clicking on the above 'View Larger Map' option
(applies only if the above is a Bing map, not a Google map )



Peoples Collection link

The route of this walk has been added to The National Museum of Wales' Peoples Collection Web site.
A choice of aerial imagery or historic Ordnance Survey mapping is available.
Click the map to enter their web site (opens in a new browser window)
or copy and paste this link into a new browser window.
http://www.peoplescollectionwales.co.uk/Trail/760-neath-and-tennant-canals




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More information about walking in Wales is available at:    www.ramblers.org.uk/wales

Ramblers Cymru and Swansea Ramblers provide this route but accept no responsibility for those walking it

All photographs Copyright 2012 Andrew Morgan. All rights reserved




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