walks, Country Parks, the
Coast Path, seafront promenades and glorious countryside can
all be enjoyed whilst walking in and around Neath Port Talbot.
To make it easier to find the best route for each individual's
needs, an interactive map has been developed to bring Neath Port
Talbot's routes in to one easy, searchable location. Click on
the map below to explore the walks.
We also have an interactive cycling map showing our Cycle Routes in
more detail. The map also features short videos of
sections of the routes to give you an idea of what they look
Our main three Parks for Walking are Margam Country Park,
Afan Forest Park and
Park. We also have 3 long distance walking trails that
pass through NPT;
Coed Morgannwg Way
St. Illtyd's Walk
Ogwr Ridgeway Walk
The Wales Coast Path (WCP) is a very
important part of the heritage of Wales. In Neath Port Talbot we
are fortunate that the WCP passes through a rich diversity of
landscapes, full of interesting features.
Due to the geography of our County
Borough, and the urban nature of our coastal belt, two sections of
Coast Path have been created through Neath Port Talbot.
Although quite a short section of the All Wales Coast Path, there
is much interest and variety along the two routes, offering
wildlife, seaside cafes, history and striking
views. Both sections, although geographically very near, are
very different in character, difficulty and in their features of
N.B. Due to the closure of
Newbridge Road Bridge on safety grounds, there is a temporary
diversion in place on the Wales Coast Path near Newbridge Road, at
Aberavon, Port Talbot. See map below for further
Temporary Diversion for NCN 4 and Wales Coastal Path
For any more information, please visit
the official Wales Coast
coastal belt that comprises the settlements of Margam, Port Talbot,
Aberafan and Sandfields, is abruptly interrupted by the soaring
mountains of the South Wales Coalfields. These are deeply dissected
by the Afan and Neath rivers. It is this area which the upland
route for the coast path traverses.
Along this 7 mile route, there are many
superb views across the Bristol Channel, and many interesting
relics along the way. Not least the ruins of Chapel of St. Mary,
known locally as Capel Mair, on the hill above the Cistercian
abbey of Margam. All in all, the closer you look on this walk
the more gems are revealed.
There are a number of walking groups within the area, and
details of these can be found on NPT's
Physical Activity & Sport Service website. The walks
themselves range in intensity, from lower level social paths, to
more challenging mountain routes. The groups all have
qualified walk leaders who provide a safety element to all group
activities. The groups are very supportive, offering plenty
of encouragement and are always looking for new members.
There are a number of documents available that relate
to Walking and the environment around you.
You can also access more information on Cycling routes and Wildlife Trails in our Leisure, Parks and Cultures pages. There are
also details on Countryside Access.