The Valleys, Vales and rural areas of Neath Port Talbot don’t just offer outstanding views they offer stand out experiences too!
World-class mountain biking in the Afan Valley
, breath-taking waterfall walks in the Vale of Neath
, gentle walks in the Swansea Valley
and adrenaline filled outdoor pursuits throughout our diverse landscape.
Our heritage lives on at Margam Country Park
with its imposing Castle, Cistercian Abbey and Orangery. Margam is perfect for young families and those looking for walks in a landscape with a history spanning thousands of years. You can grab a little adventure here too with plenty of outdoor pursuits including a zip wire, paddle boarding and pedal powered go carting.
In the Afan Valley
you will find some of the most popular mountain bike trails
in the UK, in fact many say they are world class! From the family friendly Rookie Trail
to a range of trails suitable for even the most ardent of thrill seekers, Afan is the perfect place to learn and perfect your mountain biking skills.
Our Waterfalls in the Vale of Neath
are simply breath-taking. The most famous of them all is Sgwd Gwladys at Pontneddfechan
. But if, like many, you don’t want to walk quite so far for a glimpse of these natural wonders, you should try the equally impressive Melincwrt Waterfall
. The National Trust owned Aberdulais Falls
is also a great option if you are looking for a completely accessible waterfall and an insight into the area’s rich industrial history.
There is so much mining heritage in Neath Port Talbot that even our most distant travellers can often find our Valleys mingled into their family history. Re-live this history at South Wales Miners’ Museum
in the Afan Valley and Cefn Coed Colliery Museum
in the Dulais Valley; here you can talk face to face with people who actually worked at the coal face.
Did you know that St Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland is actually said to be Welsh? Legend has it that St Patrick was born in Banwen in the Dulais Valley
. You can take a leisurely stroll around the lakes at Banwen and appreciate surrounding views of the Brecon Beacons on the edge of Waterfall Country
The Swansea Valley
is set in rural splendour with lots of small villages and wildlife in abundance. The Swansea Canal
at Ynysmeudwy provides the perfect setting for a wildlife walk
and the Swansea Valley Cycle Way (NCN 43)
meanders alongside the River Tawe along the valley floor. The Cilybebyll and Cwm Du Glen Walks
are located close to the town of Pontardawe
, perfect for appreciating the beauty of this fascinating valley.
The Upper Amman Valley
borders with Carmarthenshire and has impressive views over the Black Mountains. The village of Tairgwaith is a hotbed for the sport of harness racing
, offering a quirky change to traditional horse racing.
Neath Port Talbot has so much to offer and so much to explore, for more inspiration take a look at our ‘Places to Visit’
and ‘Things to do’
Neath Port Talbot is in a hugely convenient location with direct access to the M4 and direct rail services from London. It’s our transport links, coupled with excellent quality places to stay that make Neath Port Talbot an ideal base for a stay in South West Wales. Only 50 minutes from Pembrokeshire, 30 minutes from Carmarthenshire and Cardiff and with some pretty impressive neighbours at the Brecon Beacons, Swansea and Gower, discover something new in 2018…. Discover Neath Port Talbot!