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image for Picnic Site item typeRhyslyn Picnic Site & Car Park at Afan Forest Park (NRW)

Picnic Site, free entry

Afan Forest

Afan Forest

Oak woodlands on the steep slopes of the river Afan. Afan forest park South Wales

Details

You can explore Afan Forest Park by following forest tracks and roads on foot or by bicycle.
Natural Resources Wales manages a number of waymarked walking trails which start from Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre (see below) and from the car park at Rhyslyn.
Afan Forest Park is the fastest-growing mountain bike area in Britain. Natural Resources Wales manages a range of mountain bike trails that are suitable for everyone from beginners to expert mountain riders.
There is a network of bridleways in Afan Forest Park, some of which you need a permit to access. Please contact us to find out more about horse riding in Afan Forest Park or to apply for a permit.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled 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.

Open all the time

Prices

Free entry

Contact

Enquiries

0300 065 3000

Address

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

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 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.