Many of Neath Port Talbot’s landscapes have been inventively transformed to create legendary new experiences. Formerly a mining valley, Afan Forest Park has become a premier destination for mountain biking, and was the only UK trail destination to feature in the top ten places to 'ride before you die' by What Mountain Bike magazine.
Five world-class trails covering a hundred winding, swerving kilometres have been carved out of hillsides that were once surrounded by coal mining; the park is also a fantastic place for hiking, low-level cycling and scenic picnicking. Nature provides yet more thrills at Go Ape, situated in the grounds of Margam Country Park; Go Ape’s first Welsh treetop adventure will exhilarate the young as well as the young-at-heart!
Both Afan and Margam boast links to famous faces; legendary actor Richard Burton was born in Pontrhydyfen, in the Afan Valley, and two walking trails bring his early years to life. Meanwhile, Margam Park has starred on screen several times in Doctor Who; trace the Time Lord’s movements through space, time - and an 18th century Orangery.
Be as mesmerised as JMW Turner at Melincwrt Waterfall, which drops an impressive 80ft, surrounded by lush vegetation; the artist visited the falls on a tour of Wales and was inspired to paint 'The Waterfall at Melincwrt'. The falls feature on the Alfred Russell Wallace trail too; the co-publisher of The Theory of Evolution (with Charles Darwin) lived in Neath Port Talbot and fell in love with nature here ' and so will you.