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Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre

Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre

Visitor Centre

Address

Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre,
Cynonville,
Port Talbot,
SA13 3HG

Details

Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre is set within 11,000 hectares of forest for you to explore & enjoy. Run by Neath Port Talbot County Council, it offers a café & shop as well as an information point to find out more about the entire forest park.
There are walking trails, family cycling, exhilarating mountain bike trails plus picnic areas & the South Wales Miners Museum (charges apply).

All of the walking trails are waymarked and start from Afan Forest Park visitor centre.

The Old Parish Road Walk 1 1/4 miles, 2 kilometres.

This walks follows part of the ancient trackway that was the main means of transport in the valley until it fell into disuse in 1920. There are seats and tables along the way to enjoy the views. The walk returns to the visitor centre on the former railway line (which is now part of the Afan Valley Cycleway/Sustrans Route 887).

River and Railway Walk (3 miles, 4.8 kilometres)

This walk descends into the valley and crosses the River Afan before climbing steeply to the old railway line. It passes a sealed railway tunnel entrance, which was designed and built by Brunel, and then returns to the visitor centre via a picnic area by the river.

The Gyfylchi Ridgetop Trai 6 miles, 9.5 kilometres.

l crosses the River Afan and climbs through woodlands to the hilltop. This is 1000 feet above sea level and there are panoramic views of the valley. The trail then goes past two sets of ruins – Nant y Bar Farm and the 18th century Gyfylchi Chapel, once a shrine to Welsh Methodism – before it descends to the car park.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencing

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

The visitor centre offers: café shop picnic areas information about the forest park camping pitches (tents only) The South Wales Miners Museum is located within the visitor centre (there is an entry charge to the museum). The Afan Valley Bike Shed is adjacent to the visitor centre and offers bike hire, a repair and servicing workshop and the sale of bikes and parts. Please note: Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations. Occasionally we may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff. Please always follow any instructions onsite and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place.

Opening details

October - March
•Monday to Friday 9.00am - 4pm
(5pm on weekends and Bank Holidays)

April - September
•Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5pm
(6pm on weekends and Bank Holidays)

Prices

Car parking charges apply in Afan Forest Park.

Location

Directions

Plan route to Afan Forest Park (NRW) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SS 820950  Lat: 51.64190 Long: -3.70528

By Car
Directions: Situated on A4107. Follow road from M4, (J40) for 6 miles, passing the village of Cwmafan.

OS Grid Reference: SS820 950

By Train
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

By Bus
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.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 8 miles from Port Talbot station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

The visitor centre offers: café shop picnic areas information about the forest park camping pitches (tents only) The South Wales Miners Museum is located within the visitor centre (there is an entry charge to the museum). The Afan Valley Bike Shed is adjacent to the visitor centre and offers bike hire, a repair and servicing workshop and the sale of bikes and parts. Please note: Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations. Occasionally we may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff. Please always follow any instructions onsite and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place.

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