Long Distance Trails

There are three long distance trails which pass through Neath Port Talbot; and these provide links to adjacent local authority areas.  Some sections of these paths are registered public rights of way, but other sections are permissive paths where use is allowed by the landowner.

Coed Morgannwg Way

This 58km trail commences at Margam Park and passes through Afan Forest Park to link with a route through Rhondda Cynon Taff to Merthyr Tydfil where it terminates at Gethin Woodland Park.  This is a challenging upland walk, much of it through forest areas, but there are also outstanding views of the Brecon Beacons and the coast.

St.Illtyd’s Walk

This path links Pembrey Country Park in Carmarthenshire with Margam Park in Neath Port Talbot, and passes through the upland part of the City and County of Swansea en route.  The trail is 103km in length and passes through a variety of rural and coastal landscapes.

Ogwr Ridgeway Walk

This path links Margam Park with Mynydd y Gaer in the County Borough of Bridgend where it then links with the Taff Eley Ridgeway.  It is almost entirely in the administrative area of Bridgend, but the link with the Coed Morgannwg Way in Neath Port Talbot allows walkers the opportunity for long distance walking across South Wales.

In addition to these trails, a circular walk around the Vale of Neath called Cerdded Bro Nedd was established by the former highway authority, but the waymarking discs have largely disappeared and the route is no longer promoted.  The reinstatement of this trail is included as a proposal in the ROWIP .

Whilst the above trails are clearly of value to the long distance walker and add to the tourism attraction of South Wales, they also enable people to walk shorter distances within this authority and allow links with other areas of access.

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Last Updated: 03.05.2012 at 11:32

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