Photo: Gareth Lovering

There is so much to do at the Gnoll Estate Country Park that you’ll want to plan your day carefully. If the water is what you love, start off by visiting one of the three ponds. The Great Pond was used as a swimming pool for Neath until 1963. It has since morphed into an angling pond complete with 6 angling platforms, which are specially designed to be accessible to people of all abilities.

The Fish Pond is a large reservoir boasting stunning scenery and a wide range of resident wildlife. The third is known as the Guinea Pond and is a wildlife reserve.

On an even larger scale, Mosshouse Wood Reservoir holds over 5 million gallons of water! It was originally designed to supply water to the nearby town of Neath, but is now home to a huge amount of wildlife and interesting vegetation. These ponds are perfect locations for a picnic or a spot of fishing.

Make sure you have a look at the Cascades and Grotto. The Informal Cascades were built in the 1740s and are a very natural-looking waterfall. The Formal Cascades on the other hand are much more structured and grand, although built around the same time. The Grotto is a folly comprising an 18 foot domed roof. It would have been used as a shaded place to sit and rest and was once decorated with exotic shells and stones.

Besides all of these wonderful sights, it is also worth having a look at The Ivy Tower with its incredible views, Fishpond House and the Ice House, which was once used to store ice from as far away as the Arctic.

So whatever you’re preferences, there is something for everyone to enjoy on the Gnoll Estate. And if you can’t decide what to do first, the Visitor Centre is armed with all the information you need.

 

Gnoll Estate, Neath SA11 3BS.

Tel: 01639 635 808

Park Opening Hours: 1st October-31st March 8am-5pm, 1st April-30th September 8am-8pm.

Visitor Centre Opening Hours: 1st October-31st March 10am-4:30pm, April-30th September 10am-7pm.

Café Opening Hours: 1st October-31st March 10am-4pm, April-30th September 10am-5:30pm.