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Pontardawe, Neath Port Talbot. The name means the Bridge over the River Tawe, and the village lies in the Tawe valley 8 miles North East of Swansea.Hills stand all around. The modern Church of All Saints stands over the town. The Church of St Peter has an unusually tall tower. From Pontardawe a road runs up through the valley of the Upper Clydach to Gwauncaegurwen and Cwmgors. The National Coal Board has sunk a fresh shaft here, and Abernant colliery is one of the few new developments in the South Wales coalfield. On the hills (1,018 ft) to the West of this valley is Cam Llechart, a fine megalithic stone circle consisting of twenty-four stones, with a chambered tomb in the centre. The circle can be reached from the narrow road that leads up on to the mountain-side from Rhyd-y-fro. This whole area is rich in prehistoric remains. About 1 mile South of Cam Llechart is the little chapel on Mynydd Gellionnen, which has a figured stone, thought to be pre-Christian, built into the side of the wall. The road from Rhyd-y-fro continues up over the moorland to Penlle'r Castell (Summit of the Place of the Castle), where a pre-Roman earthwork is finely placed. This is a notable viewpoint in spite of the new power-lines. The view runs from Mynydd Preseli (the Prescelly Hills) in the far West to the summit of the Brecon Beacons in the East.
The hills to the North of Pontardawe behind Llangiwg also hide antiquities. Llangiwg church has an embattled tower and is a prominent landmark perched on its hill. It has been heavily restored. Some 2 miles North along the road over the ridge of Cefn Gwryd is an area containing numerous cairns and one large stone circle of the same age as that on Cam Llechart (about 2000 B.C.). The remains comprise three concentric rings of flat stones.
Opposite Pontardawe to the East is Mynydd Marchywel (1,350 ft), with its forestry plantations. This mountain separates the Tawe valley from the Vale of Neath (Nedd). Cilybebyll church has a l3th century tower.
Nearby cities: Swansea
Nearby towns: Brecon, Llandeilo, Llanelli, Port Talbot
Nearby villages: Aberdulais, Alltwen, Ammanford, Bettws, Briton Ferry, Bryn, Brynamman, Campay, Cilybebyll, Clydach, Crynant, Cwmafan, Duffryn, Felindre, Garnant, Glais, Glanamman, Killay, Landore, Llandarcy, Llandybie, Llangiwg, Morriston, Neath, Onllwyn, Oystermouth, Penrhos, Penycae, Pontrhydyfen, Port Tennant, Resolven, Seven Sisters, Skewen, Swansea, Tycroes, Ystalyfera, Ystradgynlais
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