8. Sychryd All-Abilities Trail, Waterfall Country
This linear, 400 metre long, level route winds its way through the narrow wooded gorge carved by the river -Afon Sychryd - at Pontneddfechan. With the river on one side and a rock face towering above on the other it makes for a spectacular short walk.
The route is mainly compacted stone-dust with some short stretches of compacted earth, which can get muddy after long spells of rain. There is a short ramp leading up to the main path from the car park. This route is also close to the Powder Trail (also known as the Gunpowder Works).
For more details please contact the Forestry Commission on 0845 604 0845 or visit the Dinas Rock recreation information page.
The site is next to the Dinas Rock car park at Pontneddfechan(location map). Pontneddfechan is located at the northern end of the Vale of Neath. At the traffic lights on the A4109/B4242 crossroads in Glynneath follow the signs on the B4242 for Pontneddfechan. Once in the village the road forks next the Craig-y-Dinas pub - take the road directly in front of you and not the road heading up the hill. The starting point for the walk is about 1/2 mile from the pub.
Ordnance Survey: Explorer Map OL12 or Landranger Map 160 - Grid Reference: SN 912 079
Parking: The car park is mainly surfaced with compacted stone.
Toilets: There are public toilets near the Waterfalls Centre in Pontneddfechan, although the closest disabled access toilets are at Cwmporth Car Park near Ystradfellte or at Aberdare. There is an accessible toilet located in the community cafe/hall (part-time opening hours).
Facilities: There is a combined village shop and Post Office in Pontneddfechan as well as several pubs and the Waterfalls Centre for information and ideas and housing a new exhibition about the formation of the waterfalls and the wider Geopark.