Discover Neath Port Talbot
Two miles of sands and a promenade have made Aberavon a popular destination for daytrippers over the years.
Buses: 82 | 88
Aberavon Leisure and Fitness Centre
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. As well as the sport, fitness, and leisure offerings, the venue also houses an attractive café for all beachfront visitors as well as centre users.
Buses: 82 | 88
Aberdulais Tinworks & Waterfall
An amazing adventure into industrial history and the power of water! The torrent of water running through the Dulais Valley has been the driving force for over 400 years of industrial innovation. See a working water-wheel in action and supplying power as it did many years ago to the tinplate works, though now to the national grid. Explore the array of wildlife found at Aberdulais; the river and natural surroundings of Aberdulais makes it perfect for nature and wildlife. And there’s lots of fun activities for the kids!
Afan Forest Park
There is a café and the Miners Museum at this location and you can hire a mountain bike for the day from Afan Valley Bike Shed. A good centre for local walks. The visitor centre also houses the South Wales Miners Museum where you will be taken on an historical journey back in time. The Museum portrays the working life of a miner and the hardship that both adults and children had to endure; it is made up of both indoor and outdoor exhibits including a Blacksmith Shop, Lamp Room and Engine House.
Buses: 59 | 83
Banwen History Trail
Banwen is best known as a former mining village at the top of the Dulais Valley but in reality has a fascinating history going back well before mining - over 2000 years in fact. The village is close to the ancient Roman fort of Ricus, first fort after Nidum (Neath) on the ‘A470’ of the times, the trunk road between Nidum and Segontium (Caernarfon).
Cefn Coed Mining Museum, Crynant
Once one of the deepest anthracite mines in the world, now a museum dedicated to the miners who worked there for generations. Exhibits include a winding engine, simulated gallery, tools, equipment, museum shop. Open daily Easter to end of October 1030-1700.
Clyne Canal Walk
Neath Canal offers a beautiful, green corridor and easy walkway along its towpath, rich in wildlife, accessible and close to the X7 bus route. Walk from Clyne to Aberdulais Basin with its remarkable aqueduct, lock, skew bridge and features of early canal history.
Cymmer, local and medium distance walks
Walking in Afan Forest Park is a delight with easy, well marked trails and stunning forest and river views. Look out for the famous Kanji Wood en route and try and work out where all the railways went from Cymmer.
Buses: 59 | 83
Dulais Valley Quads
Dulais Valley Quads and Archery provides the adventure and thrill of navigating the latest 250cc Quad Bikes through 175 acres of hills and woodlands. Junior Quads 70cc automatic for the 8-15 year olds, on the junior track or with their parents on a trek with an instructor.
Famous for its angling and another centre for mountain biking where you can hire a mountain bike for the day from Skyline Cycles. There is a café here.
Buses: 59 | 83
Margam Park, Abbey & Orangery
The region's most popular country park covering over 100 acres, it contains a host of attractions from walking, ornamental garden, Farm Trail, children’s Fairytale Village a miniature railway and a huge herd of over 400 (mainly Fallow) Deer. It also contains the famous 18th century Orangery. Open year round, some of its attractions are open in Spring & Summer only.
Buses: X1 | X4 | 85
A magnificent 25m high waterfall, once painted by Turner, within a fascinating 12-acre nature reserve alongside a richly wooded gorge with oak, birch, wild cherry, bluebells, rare ferns, wagtails, wood warblers and flycatchers. 20 minutes walk from Melincourt village; strong footwear essential.
The impressive and largely intact ruins of a Cistercian monastery which has survived centuries of industrialisation including a former copper works built in the grounds. Open daily 1000-1600.
Buses: 32 | 34 | 38
Situated on the edge of Neath Town Centre, Neath Castle was built around 1180 on the site of an earlier castle. The scene of many battles, it was most likely destroyed in both the 13th and 14th Centuries, and rebuilt each time. You can see part of the twin-towered gatehouse on the west side, the oval, raised enclosure to the east of the gatehouse, part of the curtain wall, the stump of one of originally two projecting round towers, a flight of steps in front of the gatehouse and the fronts and arch of the14th Century gatehouse.
Buses: All services to Neath, Victoria Gardens.
Resolven Canal Walk
The upper reaches of the Neath Canal are some of the most interesting where you can enjoy a pleasant walk alongside the Rheola Estate and excellent views up and down the beautiful Vale of Neath.
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Make a splash, dip a toe in or simply sit on the sand admiring the view.
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