Afan Forest Park - Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre, near Port Talbot
Starting point for three of our red-graded mountain...
Tree felling operations are ongoing and a bridge replacement project is taking place in Afan Forest Park from Monday 11th October to Friday 22nd October 2021.
This work affects some trails throughout the forest park and other visitor facilities, including Rhyslyn car park.
Please follow diversion signs and instructions from staff to wait or give way, and be aware of timber haulage lorries.
See below for more details or see the information panels in the car parks and visitor centres.
Mountain bike trail closures and diversions
These trail sections are closed and there are diversions signposted on site:
Walking trail closures and diversions
These walking trails are closed and there are diversions signposted on site:
Car park closure
The Rhyslyn car park is closed due to felling pine trees contaminated with red band needle blight.
Alternative parking is available at Tymaen car park on the A4107.
Afan Forest Park was created in the 1970s and has grown into one of Britain’s iconic mountain bike destinations.
Situated in a former coal mining valley a few miles from the M4, the forest park offers mountain bike trails for beginners to expert riders.
Most of our mountain bike trails start from the visitor centre car park but two trails may also be started from Rhyslyn car park and there are three additional trails from Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre.
There are three walking trails from the visitor centre which range from a short level route along a former trackway to a strenuous seven mile walk along a ridgetop with panoramic views.
The visitor centre is managed by Neath Port Talbot Council and is home to the South Wales Miners’ Museum, a café and a bike shop.
The walking trails are waymarked from start to finish.
Look out for the information panel at the start of the trail.
Find out about walking trail grades.
The Old Parish Road Walk follows part of the ancient trackway that was the main means of transport in the valley until it fell into disuse in 1920.
There are seats and tables along the way to enjoy the views.
The walk returns to the visitor centre on the former railway line (which is now part of the Afan Valley Cycleway/Sustrans Route 887).
The River and Railway Walk descends into the valley and crosses the River Afan before climbing steeply to the old railway line.
It passes a sealed railway tunnel entrance, which was designed and built by Brunel, and then returns to the visitor centre via a picnic area by the river.
The Gyfylchi Ridgetop Trail crosses the River Afan and climbs through woodlands to the hilltop.
there are panoramic views of the valley.
The trail then goes past two sets of ruins – Nant y Bar Farm and the 18th century Gyfylchi Chapel, once a shrine to Welsh Methodism – before it descends to the car park.
All our mountain bike trails are waymarked from start to finish and have been graded for difficulty.
At the start of the trail there is an information panel – please read this before setting off.
This gentle trail follows the wide, flat route of an old railway track that once carried passengers and coal the length of the valley.
Over 14 miles of disused railway and forest road link the communities of Pontrhydyfen with Blaengwynfi and Glyncorrwg and it’s a great way to explore the Afan Valley.
This green-graded trail is a fun, winding, and meandering trail.
It is a perfect introductory route for newcomers, with a wide trail and slightly sweeping declines.
There is a Skills Area on the trail which offers riders the opportunity to develop their technical riding abilities too.
The optional 2.4 kilometre blue-graded loop provides a taster for those wishing to progress; it drops down to the River Afan and exposes some secret spots.
Picnic areas can be found along the trail.
Fantastic trail to improve riding skills and develop confidence.
This classic South Wales trail is designed to be a progression to the more demanding Afan trails.
It climbs out from the visitor centre car park to give a stunning trail, mixing the old with the new.
Enjoy the combination of forest road climbs with some fantastic views, and flowing singletrack descents, plus some new steeper sections in the mix.
This trail can be demanding for less experienced riders and is exposed to bad weather on the higher ground.
Boasting some of the best singletrack descents in the UK, this trail traverses the north side of the Afan Valley on singletrack.
It varies from fast, open and flowing to tight, technical and rooty.
Great views of the valley and coastline open out at different points, and in places the steep-sided slopes can feel exposed.
The approach to the singletrack shares a section with the Rheilffordd Low Level Cycleway and the disused railway line, so please ride with consideration for the many other forest users.
For a longer ride, combine with White’s Level Trail via one of the W2 links.
The Skills Area, suitable for children and less experienced riders, is on the Rookie Trail.
Afan Bike Park is an orange-graded (extreme) bike park at Gyfylchi near Y Wal Trail.
Afan Valley Bike Shed is next to Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre.
For more information and opening times go to the Afan Valley Bike Shed website.
You can cycle to Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre on Sustrans National Cycle Network route 887.
Route 887 provides a link between the towns of Port Talbot, Cwmafan, and Pontrhydyfen and continues onto Afan Forest Park.
For more information go to the Sustrans website.
The car park, toilets and all visitor facilities here are managed by Neath Port Talbot Council.
For more information and opening times go to the Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre website.
Afan Forest Park forms part of the National Forest for Wales.
The National Forest will:
In time it will form a connected ecological network running throughout Wales, bringing social, economic and environmental benefits.
For more information about the National Forest for Wales go to the Welsh Government website.
Afan Forest Park is six miles from junction 40 of the M4.
It is in the county of Neath Port Talbot.
Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 165 or 166.
The OS grid reference for the visitor centre is SS 820 950.
Exit M4 at junction 40 onto A4107 towards Cymer and follow the brown and white signs from the roundabout after leaving the motorway.
For satellite navigation, the postcode for Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre is SA13 3HG.
The nearest mainline railway station is in Port Talbot.
For details of public transport go to the Traveline Cymru website.