Route 885 of the National Cycle Network connects Bridgend and Afan Forest Park. Follow the beautiful Ogmore River, pass through small villages and see some impressive hand-carved oak benches.

Bridgend to Aberkenfig

This section of the route is a mixture of off and on-road. Starting in Brewery Field, the route largely follows the line of the Ogmore River, taking you to the small village of Aberkenfig.

Here it joins with Route 4 which travels west to Port Talbot or east to Pontypridd.

Maesteg to Cymmer

From Maesteg train station, follow a short on-road section before taking a left at the bridge towards Maesteg Comprehensive School where you’ll pick up the traffic-free trail.

Just beyond the school’s playing fields, you will find the wonderful new land artwork which has been designed to attract new wildlife into the area.

You’ll also discover an impressive hand-carved oak bench and the first of a series of 10 stone waymarkers, both inscribed with extracts of poetry written by children from Maesteg Comprehensive School about the beautiful Valleys landscapes.

Continue towards Caerau taking in the stunning views, and six more stone waymarkers which have been subtly dotted along the trail.

You can also stop off at the BMX centre – one of the few national-standard BMX tracks in the UK.

The route connects with the Afan Valley Route at Croes Erw, where you can travel to the Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre over a few short hills, and on to Port Talbot.

The route then travels into Cymmer. 

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.

Please help us protect this route

Route 885 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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