Port Talbot, Wales
Mountain biking in Port Talbot, Wales
Six miles to the northeast of Port Talbot is the dream and heaven of Wales’s mountain biking scene – the Afan Forest Park.
The trails here have been carved out of hillsides once surrounded by coal mining, but now the valley has been transformed into a paradise for mountain biking.
Twisty, rooty, rocky and in places wildly exposed, the singletrack in Afan Forest Park have hypnotized every single off-road biker who has ever come and gone.
Afan Forest Park is home to 6 world class trails including the ‘Penhydd’, ‘Y Wâl’, ‘White’s Level’ and 'W2' which is also an IMBA EPIC Ride. The trail system boasts over 100 km of singletrack trails. Next to Bryn Bettws Lodge, there's also the Afan Bike Park (launched in 2013) allowing riders to improve their riding skill and have hours of winding, swerving fun with berms and jumps.
Trails start from either the Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre or Glyncorrwg Visitor Centre, both are great locations to set off from.
Photo credit: Hero image from Discover Neath Port Talbot
The information of this page is sourced (in part) from Afan Forest Park
When to go
Summer in Wales (between June and September) is perfect for mountain biking trips as the weather is driest and warmest. However, this is also the peak tourist season, so you should book your accommodation as far in advance as possible.
If you want to avoid dense crowds but still can enjoy fine weather, April, May, and October are your second choice.