With over 40% of Neath Port Talbot covered by forestry, there is much to discover within its forested hills and valleys. From its seafront promenade and coast around Port Talbot, through to the beautiful waterfall walks, country parks and spectacular views of the Brecon Beacons. There is great scenery to enjoy and discover.
From the lower lying flat land through to the major conifer plantations in most upland areas you can see why the area is an attraction for walkers and cyclists of all abilities and ages.
There are five valleys which cut through the upland areas of Neath Port Talbot, these being:
The Swansea Valley which hosts the Pontardawe Arts Festival every year. It is also home to the Swansea canal.
Vale of Neath, the gateway to the Brecon Beacons and home to waterfall country.
Afan Valley, known for its mountain bike trails, rich mining heritage and includes the South Wales Miners Museum.
Dulais Valley, believed to be the birthplace of St Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland.
Upper Amman Valley, gateway to the Black Mountains and offering a host of opportunities for horse riding.
Due to its collection of waterfalls, the Vale of Neath is known as Waterfall Country.
A frequent destination for the World Rally Championships, Margam Country Park is very popular with tourists all year round.
Portrayed in Turner's painting The Watermill, are the Aberdulais Falls, which are on the River Dulais.
Formerly known as Afan Argoed, Afan Forest Park, a predominantly forest Country Park known for its demanding mountain biking trails and also being ideal for walking and recreation.
Popular with Kite boarders and surfers is Aberavon Beach, which is a large blue flag beach resort.
Including the ruins of the historic Gnoll mansion, Gnoll Country Park is a large country park with cascading waterfalls and lakes.
You could also follow the Richard Burton Trail which is a walking trail taking you through the villages of Oakwood and Pontrhydyfen in Richard Burton's footsteps whilst visiting his birthplace.
A holiday in Neath Port Talbot can include many cycling trails, including: Afan Forest Park’s low level cycle routes with picnic and refreshment stops along the trail. The riverside route of the Cwm Tawe Trail forms part of the National Cycle Network. The Celtic Trail with its fantastic views across Swansea Bay takes you along the Aberavon promenade. The High Level Trail from the Rhondda Valley is a bit more adventurous, taking you from Tonna to Briton Ferry.
While in Neath Port Talbot, there is a good variety of golf courses in the area with spectacular views:
Palleg Golf Course Lower Cwmtwrch, Corus Golf Course in Margam.
The Lakeside Golf Club, Margam, Earlswood Golf Course Neath.
Glynneath Golf Club Neath, Neath Golf Course, Neath.
Swansea Bay Golf Course Neath, Pontardawe Golf Course in Pontardawe.