Afan and the Vale of Neath
Spectacular waterfall country, with some of the world's best mountain biking
© Visit Wales (2009)
Covering an area of 30,000 hectares, it is best explored on foot, by bike or on horseback.
The Forest Park is one of the 'World's Top 10 places to ride' (What Mountain Bike) and among the 'Top 10 Places to Ride Before you Die' (Mountain Bike Rider).
The Park boasts a wide range of excellent mountain-biking trails, varying in length and difficulty. All offer adrenaline-boosting single-track descents and spectacular views of what is known as 'Little Switzerland' - one of the most beautiful valleys in South Wales.
Afan Forest Park is also a great place for the whole family to unwind, whether for picnics, sightseeing, camping, or walking. Orienteering courses and educational visits are popular, and Beamer trampers are available for disabled visitors.
The surrounding 'Waterfall Country' stretches across the wooded valleys from Neath to the southern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Melincourt Falls, Neath
Beautiful Melincourt and Aberdulais falls, and the cascades at the Gnoll Country Park in Neath, are all easily accessible. The more adventurous can hike up to the deep gorges of the rivers Mellte, Hepste and Nedd Fechan.
Nearby Margam Country Park offers beauty, history and wildlife set in 850 acres of grand parklands; its attractions include a magnificent 18th century Orangery, an impressive Victorian Gothic Mansion House, a 12th century Chapter House, a unique Fuchsia Collection, and restored historic gardens surrounding the monastic ruins and Orangery Terrace.