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Water Sports

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Neath Port Talbot is on the coast. Aberavon beach and many large lakes provide us with lots of water. Sailing, surfing and canoeing are all activities that we are keen to take our clothes off for.

There are various operators throughout the area that can be contacted to offer advice on the best sites in the area for anything from surfing to jetskiing.



There are a number of lakes and reservoirs in the area that are perfect for sailing. The Corus Sailing Club in Margam is a certified training centre and sails all through the year and Monkstone Sailing Club offers a private marina for 90 boats.


Monkstone Cruising and Sailing Club 01792 812229 (Weekends and Wednesday evening only)

Corus Sports

Glyncorrwg Ponds 01639 851900

Port Talbot Coastguard


There are two sections of Canal in Neath Port Talbot, the Neath Canal and the Tennant Canal. They were developed for transportation in the early manufacturing industries of brick making and ship building.

Today, the Canals provide meandering towpath strolls and are rather picturesque with natural beauty, yet still bear reminders of early industry. The old Union Workhouse and St IIItyds Church are dominant echoes from the past.

The Thomas Dadford boat trip, departs from B&Q Basin every Saturday from June to September, and daily during school holidays.

Take a walk or cycle along our Canals, and in the summer months spend an afternoon floating through history on the Thomas Dadford. You will be surprised with the wildlife on show, especially the dragonflies bobbing near the waters surface.

Access: Restored section north of Resolven and the Aberdulais Basin are both accessible to disabled visitors.

Contact: For further information, contact


For surfing with a difference try Aberavon Beach. Nestled between the Welsh surfing heartlands of Porthcawl and Gower, and easily accessible from the M4, Aberavon beach is suitable for surfers of all abilities.

With a designated surfing area at the eastern end of the beach Aberavon consistently offers fun waves for beginners and intermediate surfers and during bigger swells, a steeper, more powerful ride for more experienced surfers nearer the breakwater.

A good, exposed spot this 2.5 mile-long beach picks up most of the going swell and works on a range of tides.