Once the site of an opencast coal mine, the land has been transformed and now features grassland, woodland, and wetlands, including lakes with bird hides. There is also a visitor centre run by the Wildlife Trust.
The trail is predominately wooded but you can still see the occasional reminder of its industrial past, including the Scheduled Ancient Monuments of Cefn Cribwr Ironworks in Bedford Park and Tondu Ironworks near Tondu.
From Tondu, you can continue along the Ogmore Valley route taking you right up to Nant-y-moel.
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.