|Afan Forest Park Country Park||11 miles (17 km)||Set in the beautiful Afan Valley in Neath Port Talbot, this 48-square-mile forest park has miles of cycling trails, walking trails and several fantastic mountain bike trails.|
For a nice easy cycle the Rheilffordd Trail is a great option. It takes you along the River Afan on a disused railway path.
For mountain bikers there are several well laid out trails. The Penhydd Trail is a 22km loop voted as the trail to ride before you die by What Mountain Bike Magazine in 2004. The 46km Skyline Trail has stunning skyline views of the Brecon Beacons, the Preselis, the Black Mountains and the South Wales coast.
Walkers will find 14 waymarked circular trails taking you along the River Afan, through the peaceful woodland and up to the Ridgetops where there are fabulous views to enjoy.
If you have time you could continue your outing by heading a couple of miles north east to the nearby Glyncorrwg Ponds where you will find lovely waterside walking and cycling trails. View Full Details>>
|Swansea||10 miles (16 km)||Swansea has some great coastal walking with other nice trails to be found in the woods, country parks, reservoirs and canals nearby. It's proximity to the Afan Forest, the Brecon Beacons National Park and the wonderful Gower AONB also make it a great base for walkers.|
This walk around Swansea takes you along the Wales Coast Path to Singleton Park, Clyne Valley Park and the Mumbles. There's great views across Swansea Bay with its lovely beaches and the opportunity to explore some coastal parks on the way.
The walk starts at the marina next to the River Tawe in Swansea. You follow the path west past The Tower at Meridian Quay, the tallest building in Wales, standing at 107m (351ft). Soon after you come to Brynmill and the lovely Singleton Park. The botanical gardens feature Herbaceous borders, a Rock garden, Ornamental gardens, a Japanese bridge, Glasshouses and a Herb garden.
The path then bends round to the south towards Black Pill where you can visit Clyne Valley Country Park. Here you will find 700 acres of wooded hillsides, steep gorges, meadows and wet valley floor.
The path continues south into the Mumbles District where you will pass the ruins of Oystermouth Castle. The Norman stone castle, overlooks Swansea Bay on the east side of the Gower Peninsula.
The final section climbs towards Mumbles Head finishing near the Victorian pier. The pier was opened in 1898 at the terminus of the Swansea and Mumbles Railway, which in its time was one of the oldest passenger railways in the world. There's also a Lighthouse built in 1794 and a number of nice cafes and pubs for refreshments at the end of your walk.
You can virtually explore this section of the coast path on the google street view link below. View Full Details>>