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  The NEATH VALLEY  and the NEATH CANAL

Section Ynys-yr-Allor to Glynneath

Ynys-yr-allor Lock

 
Half way between Aberclwyd and Ynys-yr Allor the towpath  rises briefly before returning to the original level. At this point there was originally a small length of canal "Cnel Bach" which ran towards Cwmgwrach.
   Cwmgwrach coal and iron was brought over a bridge across the river and then loaded onto the canal. This canal fell out of use when the Vale of Neath Railway was built.

Ynysyallor Lock
Ynys-yr-allor Lock
   Ynys-yr -Allor means "meadow of the alter" indicating that there may have been a religious site here originally.
Ynysyallor Lock
Maes Gwyn Lock.
The original house, from which the lock takes its name, is no longer standing.
To reach the small car park in the picture, we have come over the bridge shown below the lock.
This bridge is typical of the many canal bridges being almost semicircular in construction and requiring a slow crossing.
Maes Gwyn Lock
Maes Gwyn Lock.
Maesgwyn Lock
Pwllfaron / Ysgwfra Lock
The last of the five that have been renovated.
It stands close to Pwllfaron House, named after the colliery of that name which was owned by the Neath Abbey Ironworks in the early 1800`s.
A wharf was built on the canalside to the left to load the coal for transport down the canal.
 Pwllfaron Lock
Pwllfaron / Ysgwfra Lock
Pwllfaron Lock
Pwllfaron / Ysgwfra Lock
A small stream runs in front of the trees from the right and is carried across the canal, above the actual lock, by a narrow Iron channel.

Pwllfaron Lock
Llyna Lock
Llyna Lock
Out of the Neath Valley, this picture is taken from Craig y Llyn (the highest point in Glamorgan), looking over Rhigos towards the Brecon Beacons.
 A tram road from Aberdare and Hirwaun ran across the Common from right to left and dropped down to the Neath Canal at Glynneath.
The Glynneath Incline was the second oldest steam operated railway incline (1803) and utilised a Trevithick high-pressure steam-winder. It was half a mile long.
View from Craig y Llyn

  Section 1   -    Up to Aberdulais


  Section 2   -    Aberdulais to Resolven Bankhouse

  Section 3   -    Crugau Lock to Aberclwyd
 
  Section  4 -     Ynys yr Allor to Glynneath


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