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Horseshoe Falls, The Elidir Trail, Pontneddfechan. Photograph © Ana

Pontneddfechan is a village in South Wales in the valley of the River Neath.

Its name is conventionally mispronounced as "Pontneathvaughan" in the local area to the despair of Welsh speakers. It stands at the confluence of the Mellte and the Neath rivers and provides one of the convenient access points to the superb series of waterfalls that characterise the upper Neath valley.

History
Industrial activities in the region start with a 21-year lease of an area of land from the Marquess of Bute by the Quaker entrepreneur William Weston Young, for the sinking of silica mines around Craig-y-Dinas from 1822 onwards. The silica was extracted for the manufacture of firebricks at the Dinas Firebrick Co. in Pont Walby. In 1843, Young's lease ran out and the then Riddles, Young & Co. firebrick manufacturers moved to a new premises on The Green, Neath. The stone sleepers for the silica mine dramway were never removed and can still be seen set into the path of the waterfall walk.

The next phase of industry in the region was that of The Vale of Neath Powder Co. which in 1862 under Curtis & Harvey was merged with Nobel's Explosives Co. It became incorporated into Imperial Chemical Industries Ltd. in 1926. Within living memory, the site was known locally as the powder-works.


 Golf in Pont Nedd Fechan:
 Glynneath Golf Club
       Penygraig
       Pontneathvaughan
       Near Glynneath
       Powys
       SA11 5UH
 01639 720452
 http://www.glynneathgolfclub.co.uk/


 Pubs/Bars in Pont Nedd Fechan:
 Angel Inn
       Pontneathvaughan Road
       Glynneath
       Neath
       West Glamorgan
       SA11 5NR
 01639 722013

 The Old White Horse Inn
       12 High Street
       Pontneathvaughan
       Neath
       West Glamorgan
       SA11 5NP
 01639 721219


 B&B's/Guesthouses in Pont Nedd Fechan:
 Craig-Y-Ddinas
       Dinas Road
       Pont Nedd Fechan
       Neath
       West Glamorgan
       SA11 5NH
 01639 720378


 Schools/Colleges in Pontneathvaughan:
 Ysgol Thomas Stephens (Primary)
       Pontneathvaughan
       Neath
       SA11 5UW
 01639 720348


 Visit the Freephotoguides entry on Neath Valley Waterfalls (Pontneddfechan)
       Written by photographer for photographers



 

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