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 Afan Forest Park, Port Talbot, SA13 3ES      01639 852500

Walking Trails

Afan Forest Park has 13 way marked circular walks and has therefore become a major walking destination. Our walks are diverse, varying from a one mile leisurely stroll to a ten mile "bring a packed lunch" hike.

Old Parish Road Walk

Start - Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre

Trail stats

Distance - 1.25m
Time - 45 mins
Climb - NA
Grade - Easy

The short, easy walk is a real gem, taking you through ancient woodlands and clearings along the old parish road to Neath. Follow old tracks and forest roads on this gentle ramble.

  afp_trailcard_old_parish_road.pdf

Nant Cynon Walk

Start - Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre

Trail stats

Distance - 1 mile
Time - 45 mins
Climb - NA
Grade - Easy

Although one of the shortest of Afan's walks, it is packed with interesting features. Following the Cynon River along easy forest racks and beside ancient woodland, you will pass many relics of Afan's industrial past.

  afp_trailcard_nant_cynon.pdf

Ponds Walk

Start - Glyncorrwg Ponds Visitor Centre

Trail stats

Distance - 1 mile
Time - 1 hr
Climb - NA
Grade - Easy

This walk takes you on a casual stroll around Glyncorrwg Ponds.A short walk, around the ponds, along the banks of the river Corrwg, offers great opportunities to observe the flora and fauna that exists in abundance within the valley. Keep an eye out for birds, other wildlife, and a variety of trees, shrubs and plants.

Penrhys Trail

Start - Rhyslyn or Gyfylchi car park

Trail stats

Distance - 3.5 miles
Time - 2 hrs
Climb - NA
Grade - Moderate

The highlights of this historical trail are the spectacular views of the Afan Valley and Pontrhydyfen, a village renowned for its many river crossings so vital in its industrial heyday in the 19th century. From Rhyslyn car park this trail starts level on the forest road and is level along the hilltop, but there is a steep 180 metre(600 feet) climb up a stone track to the top and a steep descent back down.

  afp_trailcard_penrhys.pdf

Rhyslyn Walk

Start - Rhyslyn car park

Trail stats

Distance - 2.5miles
Time - 1.5 hrs
Climb - NA
Grade - Moderate

Follow the Afan riverside along the former canal and return along a disused mineral railway track. This is a flat route almost all the way, along woodland paths and on forest roads. Watch out for cyclists when returning on the forest road/cycleway.

  afp_trailcard_rhyslyn.pdf

Afan Woodland Walk

Start - Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre

Trail stats

Distance - 1.5 miles
Time - 1 hr
Climb - NA
Grade - Moderate

A steady climb through bird rich woodland rewards you with a fine view of the Afan Valley and its old field patterns. This is a short-ish walk, although quite steep in places, through the forest and along woodland paths, taking in the ancient and extensive ruins of Argoed Farm.

Pencraig Isaf Walk

Start - Glyncorrwg Ponds Visitor Centre

Trail stats

Distance - 7 miles
Time - 5 hrs
Climb - NA
Grade - Moderate

The walk starts off with a steep climb through a larch forest before levelling off, uses public footpaths, bridleways and permissive footpaths, and returns along the route of Brunel's mineral railway. This walk offers panoramic views over the Afan Valley.

Glyncorrwg Ridgeway Walk

Start - Glyncorrwg Ponds Visitor Centre

Trail stats

Distance - 3.5 miles
Time - 2 hrs
Climb - NA
Grade - Strenuous

This walk starts with a steep cliimb through a larch forest and rewards you with excellent views over the Afan Valley.

 

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