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.
Rhyslyn car park is on the site of the former Pontrhydyfen railway station and two waymarked walking trails set off along the river from here.
Two of our mountain bike trails (Rheilffordd and Y Wal) can also be started from Rhyslyn car park.
There is a picnic area in Rhyslyn car park.
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.
Follow the Afan River upstream to a viewpoint and return along a disused mineral railway track.
This is a flat route almost all the way along riverside paths and on forest roads.
Watch out for cyclists on sections of the walk.
Enjoy panoramic views along the ancient ridgeway track which connected Baglan church on the coast to Craig y Llyn north of Glyncorrwg.
You can see all the way to the Carmarthenshire Fans (peaks) on a clear day.
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.
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 - see Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre.
Rhyslyn car park is within easy walking distance of the village of Pontrhydyfen where the famous actor Richard Burton was born.
The Richard Burton Birthplace Trail sets off from the car park to Pontrhydyfen and his birth place.
There are information panels along the trail with interesting facts on his childhood and career.
For more information, go to the Discover Neath Port Talbot 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.
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.
Rhyslyn car park is in Afan Forest Park six miles from junction 40 of the M4.
It is in the county of Neath Port Talbot
Rhyslyn is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 165 and 166.
The OS grid reference is SS 800 942.
From the A4107, turn down the B4287 towards Pontrhydyfen.
Take a sharp right turn just over the bridge as the road bears left.
The nearest mainline railway station is in Port Talbot.
For details of public transport go to the Traveline Cymru website.
Car parking is free of charge.
Overnight parking is not permitted.