All of the tow path is part of  Sustrans National Route 43. Walkers and cyclists  can join or leave the canal towpath at any of the following places:-


Clydach:  Next to Dynamic Rock Climbing Centre, Hebron Road, SA6 5EJ. Pont John Bridge.

Clydach:  The Vale Inco Nickel Works,  Glais Rd, SA6 5QR.

Clydach:  Coed Gwilym Park, Pontardawe Road, SA6 5PB.

Trebanos:  The Grove, Green Farm Riding Stables, SA8 4BR. Upper Trebanos Lock.

Pontardawe Playing Fields:  Use the steps to/from Swansea Road, SA8 4AM.

The canal enters a piped section here and re-emerges 800 yards to the north in Herbert Street, Pontardawe. Sustrans Route 43 diverges here and takes cyclists down to the  River Tawe.

The piped section can be walked or cycled alongside the playing fields.


You may wish to download the guide to this section of the canal found at the bottom of this page. Walkers and cyclists can join or leave the canal at the following places:-

Pontardawe:  From Herbert Street bridge, SA8 4EB. Pontardawe Aqueduct.

Pontardawe: From Holly Street bridge, SA8 4ET.

Pontardawe: From the Riverside Arena building (100 yards).

Pontardawe:  From Bridge 7 on the canal.

Ynysmeudwy:  From Bridge 8 on the canal.

Between Bridges 8 and 9 are the lower and upper Ynysmeudwy locks and the lock keepers hut, that was restored in 1986 by the Swansea Canal Society.

Ynysmeudwy: From Ynysmeudwy Uchaf bridge.

The three quarters of a mile of canal above Ynysmeudwy is a Nature reserve run by Neath and Port Talbot Council.  The canal trail emerges onto the busy A4067 after this but,  if you cross this road with care, the Tarenni car park is fifty  yards north on your right. Pass through this car park, cross the bridge over the River Tawe and a traffic free  route takes you either back along Sustrans route 43 to Pontardawe or  further north to Ystalyfera.

If you click below, you can see a leaflet that has been produced of the trail from Ynysmeaudwy to Pontardawe:

 Please click below for athe Ynysmeudwy to Pontardawe Trail Leaflet.