Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Visit Neath Port Talbot
It's good to see the county borough council extending its WWW presence. Too many people outside the borough believe that it is totally industrial, whereas the truth is the opposite: the heavily industrialised part is confined to a strip by the coast, and the hinterland is rural (apart from one or two sites where coal mining on a small scale is taking place). Of course, there was once much industry in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries up the valley, but these sites, now long silent and often overgrown, are picturesque in their own right.
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I would draw readers' attention particularly to the section of http://www.visitnpt.co.uk/which describes walking in the county borough. There is a downloadable booklet, which describes a selection of the many good routes. The Sarn Helen walk is particularly rewarding. It is tough going, not helped by churning by the motor vehicles which are allowed on the route for part of the year, but there are some spectacular views. It is also possible to see original Roman legionary road construction in a few places.
Putting my constituency hat on, I must also mention the work of Blaenhonddan Community Council and the Friends of Craig Gwladus, who have each produced pocket maps of various walks in and around Cadoxton and Aberdulais. Copies should be available in Neath & Port Talbot civic centres, and at the Aberdulais Falls visitor centre.