8. Sychryd All Ability Trail / Dinas Rock
This 400 metre long, level route winds its way through the narrow wooded gorge carved by the 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 .
How to get there: The walk starts from Dinas Rock car park, Pontneddfechan. At Glyn-neath follow the signs on the B4242 for Pontneddfechan. Once in the village, the road forks next to the Craig-y-Dinas pub - take the road directly in front of you and not the road heading up the hill.
Nearest town or village: Pontneddfechan.
OS Grid Reference: Explorer Map OL12 or Landranger Map 160 - SN 912 079
Distance: 800 metres ‘there and back’.
Contact: Forestry Commission - 0845 6040845.
Facilities: There is a combined village shop and Post Office in Pontneddfechan as well as several pubs and the Waterfalls Centre (tel: 01639 721795). There is also a Visitor Information Point at Rhos Filling Station and shop on Ystradfellte Road, Pontneddfechan open from 7am-7pm every day.
Parking: The car park is mainly surfaced with compacted stone and can be bumpy.
Toilets: There are public toilets near the Waterfalls Centre, Pontneddfechan, although the closest disabled access toilets are at Cwm Porth car park near Ystradfellte (Grid Ref SN 928 125) or at Aberdare. There is an accessible toilet located in the community cafe/hall (part-time opening hours).