This route travels between Port Talbot and the gorgeous Afan Forest. The area is a haven for all sorts of wonderful wildlife and has world-class mountain bike trails.

Starting in Aberavon the route winds northwards, conveniently linking up with Port Talbot Bus and Train stations and the Shopping Centre. It then goes on to a pretty woodland riverside path, skimming the old mining communities of Cwmafan and Pontrhydyfen and the start of Afan Forest Park.

Along this stretch you will discover the Afan Valley Portrait Bench where three local heroes, Richard Burton, Rob Brydon and local man Dick Wagstaff, stand proudly in weathering steel. The Park is also a haven for all sorts of wonderful wildlife including red deer and buzzards.

Follow the route northwards through the glistening trees of the forest until you reach the Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre where you can rent mountain bikes and follow one of their world-class mountain biking trails through the forest; visit the mining museum, or simply kick back with a cold drink from the café and soak up the panoramic forest views.

Further north, the route connects with the new Llynfi Valley route where you’ll discover some brilliant artworks and wonderful Valleys landscapes.

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Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

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The Afan Valley is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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