Great walks-fascinating post-industrial heritage-and scenic wonders
Easy by bus from Port Talbot, Neath, Swansea and Bridgend
Close to thriving Port Talbot with its huge steelworks and seemingly a million miles away, experience the
beauty and serenity of these great country parks.
Afan Forest Park
This beautiful park, world famous as a mountain bike centre with its high-adrenalin trails, also has lots of great walking opportunities on trails over former railways which once served numerous coal mines in the valley.
Let us introduce you to four fascinating walks where you can take in the natural beauty and post-industrial heritage of the valleys; all are easily reached on the bus with routes parallel to the trails.
At the Afan Forest Visitor Centre, you can visit the South Wales Miners Museum and gain a fascinating insight into the lives of coal miners in the valley over the last two hundred years or so. The site is an important location for mountain bikers and has cycle hire facilities.
The attractive Glyncorrwg Ponds Visitor Centre, though having mountain biking at its heart, has ﬁne trout and coarse ﬁshing, canoeing and an interesting range of ﬂora and fauna on site. The Centre can provide information on a number of local walks ranging from a simple trail around the lakes to more challenging mountain trails.
Situated in a deep valley at the confluence of the Afan and Pelenna rivers, the village of Pontrhydyfen is famous for its four viaducts, two of which are still extant and complete. The whole area presents an amazing scene of a past history when the railways were buzzing with coal traffic from the valleys to coastal ports.
The Red Bridge
This impressive ten-arched structure, still intact in good condition and now part of the Richard Burton Trail, was built in the early 19th century for the Port Talbot Railway, the route conveying coal from Tonmawr collieries to Port Talbot docks.
Y Bont Fawr (Big Bridge)
This was originally an aqueduct built in 1825 which fed a water supply from streams on the north side of the valley to the Oakwood ironworks. Fortunately, the structure remains in good condition and is used as a footpath on the iconic Richard Burton Trail.
R&SB Railway Viaducts
The Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway at this point had a serious obstacle to surmount owing to the precipitous valley and fast flowing river. In the course of 400 metres, it crossed the river on two viaducts; both spans have been demolished but one has been replaced by a footbridge carrying one of the cycling/walking trails.
59, 83 Oakwood Interchange
Port Talbot, Neath or Maesteg
83 Port Talbot to Cwmafan, Pontrhydyfen, Afan Argoed, Cymmer, Glyncorrwg/Blaengwynfi (X3 connection from Swansea at Port Talbot).
59 Neath to Tonmawr and Pontrhydyfen (connects to/from 83)
70, 71 Bridgend and Maesteg to Cymmer
Services 59, 83 Mondays to Saturdays
Service 70, 71 Mondays to Sundays
Margam Country Park
For an amazing day out, Margam Park, a 850-acre parkland in a magniﬁcent setting and a 4000 years long history of habitation by man, is now an incredibly diverse attraction whether your interest is history, nature or outdoor activity.
Let us introduce you to the opportunities to discover the natural beauty, the history and heritage, and the ﬂora and fauna in this great park.Explore
Port Talbot Parkway
X1 Swansea and Port Talbot to Margam Park – Mondays to Sundays
X4 Neath and Port Talbot to Margam Park Mondays to Saturdays
Margam Park Main Gates
X1 or X4 Margam Park Main Gates