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Natural Beauty in the Dramatic Heart of Wales

January is a great time to start planning your holidays for the year ahead. If expansive valleys, woodland walks, miles of golden sands, stunning waterfalls and some of south Wales’s most scenic views sound ideal – then the Dramatic Heart of Wales is perfect for you.

So why not plan a weekend where you can switch off and completely unwind among some of Neath Port Talbot’s unparalleled scenery.

Here’s some inspiration for your scenic staycation …



Aberavon’s coastline is beloved by thousands of people who visit it annually thanks to its three miles of golden sands and lengthy promenade.

Strolling along Aberavon seafront you can take in the spectacular views across the Swansea Bay coastline and soak in the refreshing sea air and tranquil scenery.

The seafront is also the perfect place to view the Dramatic Heart’s vastly contrasting landscape, with its incredible mountains and deep valleys overlooking its expansive steelworks.

Whatever season you visit, this is the perfect place to really unwind, recharge, and take in some of the very best views.



The Dramatic Heart of Wales is home to five of the most breath-taking valleys.

The Vale of Neath features an abundance of lush scenery which can be explored on foot, along with a number of spectacular natural waterfalls, gorges and caves to discover.

The tranquil Dulais Valley was previously recognised for its rich industrial heritage, however this scenic area has now been reclaimed by nature and features a number of popular walks.

The Swansea Valley features dramatic sweeping mountains and panoramic views everywhere you look, with towns and villages scattered amongst this impressive sight.

The Upper Amman Valley, located on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, is absolutely magnificent with its rolling mountains and exposed landscape, which are ideal for exploring.

And with its rugged terrain and acres of land, the Afan Valley is perfect for those looking to get back to nature and take in the unique scenery.


Flora and Fauna

Visit Gnoll Estate Country Park in the Spring and you will find a sea of bluebells on the forest floor. It’s a bird watchers delight at Gnoll with nuthatches, great spotted woodpeckers and goldcrests.

Our waterways are also fantastic for wildlife and flowers. The canals of the Swansea Valley and Vale of Neath are home to cowslips, primroses and yellow irises as well as purple loosestrife, fringed waterlilies and a wide range of dragonfly species.


Ready to visit?

If you’re ready to switch off and discover the natural beauty of the Dramatic Heart of Wales, find out more about our incredible landscape here.

To plan your staycation and find out about accommodation in Neath Port Talbot, find out more here.

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