- At Aberdulais, three miles north-east of Neath, the Dulais River makes a dramatic descent into a narrow gorge. The water power has a long history of exploitation, beginning with copper-making in the late 16th century. In the mid-18th century, when the water was turning corn and grist mills, the combination of industry and natural beauty attracted painters, including Turner, to the site. Today, amidst the ruins of the 19th-century tinplating works, the water is once again being used. It turns an enormous water wheel, built & maintained by the National Trust, generating enough electricity to power 40 houses. With a viewing platform on the roof of the turbine house, an intriguing fish pass and an excellent exhibition and interactive display, this is a fascinating place to visit. Audio and video tours are available and even quiz organized for children.
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