Neath Port Talbot has always been at the centre of things. At the heart of South Wales, it’s where urban east meets rural west.

We were at the centre of the Industrial Revolution. And some might say this is where you’ll find the heart of the nation.

 

Clamber up one of our hillsides and you’ll find yourself on a stage, watching the natural theatre of sky, sea, land and people playing out below. In one direction, steelworkers wind their way through the streets to their next shift. In another, mountain bikers hurtle down steep valley descents experiencing both dread and delight. In the distance, along the coast children make messy work of their ice creams with their parents cooling off at the water’s edge.

 

Few other places offer the drama and diversity on show here. Nature sits side-by-side with the man-made. Waterfalls drop down to meet the waves. Our communities take great pride in showing off our industrial heritage but are hard at work writing the next chapter of our story.

 

Something about Neath Port Talbot inspires people here to create beautiful things. The societies, choirs and bands that were formed by the miners and foundry workers still flourish even though the industries are long gone. Our creative talent ‘exports’ like Katherine Jenkins, Michael Sheen and Anthony Hopkins all call this neck of the woods ‘home’.

 

Our mountains and valleys, rivers and coastline provide a natural adventure playground for a range of activities. Our mountain biking valley is one of the toughest, but most exhilarating, in the UK.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic some local attractions, events and businesses may not be operating as advertised. Please plan ahead. We recommend that you directly contact the places you are intending to visit before traveling to our destination.

Let’s all work together to keep each other safe by following Welsh Government guidelines whilst enjoying what the Dramatic Heart of Wales has to offer.

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  • The heart of Mountain Biking

    The heart of

    Mountain Biking

    Twisty, rooty, rocky and in places wildly exposed. The trails here have been caved out of hillsides once surrounded by coal mining, but now our area has been transformed into a bikers heaven.

    Learn More
  • The heart of Walking

    The heart of

    Walking

    To get to know us properly, you need to get out of the car. Walk around, see the sights, and meet the people (we’re very friendly, we promise). Pretty soon, you’ll get an idea of what makes us – and this landscape – tick.

    Learn More
  • The heart of South Wales

    The heart of

    South Wales

    Look closely and you'll find the spirit of a nation. Everything that people enjoy and expect from Wales is alive here in the county of Neath Port Talbot.

    Learn More

The heart of

Mountain Biking

Twisty, rooty, rocky and in places wildly exposed. The trails here have been caved out of hillsides once surrounded by coal mining, but now our area has been transformed into a bikers heaven.

Learn More

The heart of

Walking

To get to know us properly, you need to get out of the car. Walk around, see the sights, and meet the people (we’re very friendly, we promise). Pretty soon, you’ll get an idea of what makes us – and this landscape – tick.

Learn More

The heart of

South Wales

Look closely and you'll find the spirit of a nation. Everything that people enjoy and expect from Wales is alive here in the county of Neath Port Talbot.

Learn More

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