Neath Port Talbot


Two towns with a rich heritage and stunning hinterland; easy to get to and around with lots to see and explore

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Get around on the bus or train

There is a comprehensive network of bus services from Neath and Port Talbot, running six days a week with limited Sunday services. They serve the both towns, also the Neath, Dulais and Afan Valleys, Aberavon seafront and Margam Country Park.

There is a frequent train service between Neath and Port Talbot and less frequent serving Baglan, Briton Ferry and Skewen.

Plan Your Journey

Off-road leisure cycling

Neath, Port Talbot and the valleys have a network of cycling routes, many of them off-road. The National Cycle Network (NCN) has a number of routes in and around Neath and Port Talbot:-

NCN 4 (from east) through Margam, Port Talbot and Briton Ferry and on to Swansea and beyond

NCN 43 from junction with NCN 4 at Swansea then through the Swansea Valley to Ystalyfera

NCN 46 from Neath through the Vale of Neath to Glynneath and on to Merthyr and beyond

NCN 47 from a junction with NCN 4 at Briton Ferry through Neath and a high level route to Glyncorrwg and beyond

Attractive local routes are:-

Port Talbot (connect with NCN 4) through the Afan Valley to Cymmer with junction to NCN 885 south to Maesteg and NCN 887 north to Glyncorrwg (NCN 47)

Port Talbot (connect with NCN 4 via street riding) to Bryn along Cwm Dyffryn

Port Talbot (connect with NCN 4 via street riding) to Aberavon Seafront, Sandfields and Briton Ferry (connect with NCN 4 & NCN 47)

Other advisory safe on-road cycling is shown on the map below

Find out more by consulting the cycle map

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Walking in Neath Port Talbot and the Valleys

There is a lot of good walking in the Neath Port Talbot area. The inland route of the Wales Coast Path between Margam and Briton Ferry is spectacular and challenging with fantastic views over Margam Park, the Steelworks and Swansea Bay.

Travel Adventures Wales website for general information and heritage walks for the rural areas visit www.traveladventures.wales

Neath Port Talbot Ramblers will provide more information and a programme of organised walks

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LET US INTRODUCE YOU TO SOME OF THE ATTRACTIONS NEATH,

PORT TALBOT AND THE VALLEYS HAVE TO OFFER

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Country Parks

  • Gnoll Estate Country Park

    • Neath Bus Station (1km), All services
    • Easily accessed by cycle from NCN 47
    Situated close to the centre of Neath, this park was formerly a great estate developed by industrialist family the Mackworth’s. It is now a fine area of woodland, historic water features and recreation.
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  • Margam Country Park

    • Margam Park Main Gates (500m) X1, X4
    • NCN 4 skirts the east and south ends of the Park
    This park is an outstanding natural resource, close to but greatly predating the steel plant along the coastal strip below. It has a long and fascinating history. The Park has played an important part in the life of the area for close on a thousand years and many magnificent reminders of its past remain to this day. It is also a great centre for walking, cycling and other activities.
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  • Afan Forest Park

    • The whole Afan Valley is served by bus with stops at key points, 83
    • The valley floor has safe routes for leisure cycling and the area has numerous mountain bike trails. Access from NCN 4 at Port Talbot by N887
    Made famous as one of the World’s premier mountain bike locations, this park has an outstanding heritage of walking trails which has rediscovered its natural beauty with the demise of former industrial history.
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  • Aberavon Seafront

    • Princess Margaret Way (adjacent) 82 (weekdays) 8 (Sundays)
    • A local cycle route (access from Port Talbot or Briton Ferry) runs the length of the Aberavon Seafront
    Achieving a recent renaissance, this stunning seafront has four kilometres of golden sands fronted by an attractive promenade with cafes and attractions and views across Swansea Bay

History and Heritage

  • Neath Abbey

    • Neath Abbey Main Road (100m) 4, 32, 34, 38, 204
    • Easily accessed by cycle by local roads from NCN 47
    This old Cistercian monastery is beautifully restored and maintained by CADW and has a large part of the core still standing.
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  • Aberdulais Tinworks & Waterfall

    • Aberdulais Falls (adjacent), T6, X8
    • Easily accessed by cycle, close to NCN 46
    A superb heritage site where the former tinworks and waterwheel have been beautifully restored to tell the story of Aberdulais’ contribution to the Industrial Revolution; its spectacular waterfall is a key part of the story as it provided the means to power the tinworks.
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  • Cefn Coed Colliery Museum

    • Cefn Coed (50m), T6, X8
    • Easily accessed by cycle close to NCN 46 then cycle mainly minor roads
    The museum tells the story of coal mining here - once the deepest anthracite coal mine in the world - through words, pictures and artefacts throughout the museum. The underground gallery, a simulated working seam, brings the harrowing conditions of the miners to life. Visit Travel Adventures Wales for more information
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Leisure, Culture and Sport

  • Gwyn Hall, Neath

    • Neath Bus Station (50m), All services
    • Cycle parking nearby
    The Gwyn Hall is located in Neath and is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the most versatile contemporary arts and entertainment centres in the area
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  • Princess Royal Theatre

    • Port Talbot Bus Station (100m), All services
    • Cycle parking nearby; close to NCN 887
    From Comedy Acts, Live Music, Family Shows and professional productions, there is something for everyone.
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  • Pontardawe Arts Centre

    • Pontardawe Jubilee (100m), X6 X26 56 256
    • Cycle parking nearby; close to NCN 43
    Situated in the heart of Pontardawe. Live music, drama, dance, comedians,childrens events and regular cinema. Bar, studio space and art gallery and cafe
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  • Aberavon Leisure & Fitness Centre

    • Princess Margaret Way (adjacent), 82 (weekdays) 8 (Sundays)
    • The coastal cycle route passes close to the Centre
    Aberavon Leisure & Fitness Centre caters for the fitness and leisure needs of the local and wider communities. Whether you’re a child learning to swim, local worker looking to get fit, or simply someone looking to unwind, this is the perfect place for you.
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  • Llandarcy Academy of Sport

    • Coed Darcy (adjacent), X7, 38
    • A local cycle route passes close to the Centre
    Llandarcy is the place for health, fitness and wellbeing but that is not all on offer. From kids parties, kids holidays camps, free open weekends to The Pavilion Llandarcy our very own brand new and exciting restaurant and sports bar.
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