Just round the corner from Port Talbot and the busy M4, lie the hidden valleys of Afan Forest Park. You enter an unexpected landscape of forested mountain slopes and steep river valleys, rich in history.
This area was designated as a Forest Park in 1972 because of its great walking potential. From early monastic estates, the landscape developed into a farming area and later a coal mining valley. The last mine closed in 1970, and from this land of scattered farmsteads, ancient woodlands, viaducts, disused railways and mined land, have sprung the forests and woodlands of the Afan Valley.
We offer walkers a wide range of waymarked trails which criss-cross the valleys and hillsides, providing wonderful panoramas and taking in features of interest on the way.
World class mountain biking centre
Afan is recognised as a world class centre for mountain biking and a wide range of other outdoor activities. As well as technical singletrack for mountain bikers, there are miles of comfortable family cycling trails linking the forest and local communities (you can hire bikes at either one of the two visitor centres) as well as opportunities for horse-riding, fishing and learning about the area and its heritage.
Open all the time
Short stay (up to 2 hours) - £1.000
Long stay (over 2 hours) - £3.25
Season Tickets - £31.00
Part-Season Tickets - £15.00
The season ticket is valid at both visitor centres in Afan Forest Park
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Directions: Situated on A4107. Follow road from M4, (J40) for 6 miles, passing the village of Cwmafan..
OS Grid Reference: SS820 950
Frequent Great Western links London Paddington, Reading, Swindon and Bristol Parkway (connections from north east England and Midlands) with Port Talbot. Arriva Trains Wales direct to Port Talbot from Cardiff, Newport, Hereford, Shrewsbury, Crewe and Manchester, with connections at Cardiff from south and west of England. For overseas visitors, there are good rail/air links from London Gatwick & Heathrow, Bristol and Cardiff International Airports.
Bus 23 from Port Talbot Bus Station (1/4 mile); Taxis available at Port Talbot station
From Bridgend and Maesteg: First Cymru 32 & 36 to Cymmer; connections to Visitor Centre and Glyncorrwg
From Port Talbot: First Cymru 23 direct to Visitor Centre and Cymmer
From Neath & Swansea: First Cymru 159 to Pontrhydyfen; connections to Visitor Centre and Cymmer.
Main bus stops at Pontrhydyfen Oakwood, Visitor Centre, Cymmer and Glyncorrwg.
: 8 miles from Port Talbot station