Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre,
South Wales' own Forest Park, set in 3250 hectares of spectacular conifer forest. Located round the corner from Port Talbot and the busy M4, lie the hidden valleys of Afan Forest where you enter an unexpected landscape of forested mountain slopes and steep river valleys, rich in history.
The 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.
The focal point of the park is the Forest Park Centre. Here you can enjoy a meal in the cafe, visit the gift shop or hire a mountain bike to explore some of the many miles of all-ability waymarked forest trails cross the valleys and hillsides, providing wonderful panoramas and taking in features of interest on the way.
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.
The Mountain Bike Trails in Afan Forest Park offer some of the most exciting and rewarding biking in Wales with swooping descents and technical boardwalks, there's something for everyone.
The 'Rheilfordd' family trail connects both centres and both blue & green all-abilities trails; the internationally recognised Penhydd Mountain Bike Trail for expert riders.
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