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Wales Coast Path – Mynydd Dinas

This circular walk takes in part of the lowland coast path through Aberavon and Port Talbot and the upland coast path over Mynydd Dinas. Aberavon was once a busy sea port used for the export of coal and raw materials; it’s now a traditional seaside resort which boasts a 5km stretch of sandy beach and a contemporary promenade, overlooking Swansea Bay.
There are numerous car parks available opposite the seafront. Turn left onto the promenade, following the coast path around the edge of the docks and through Port Talbot Shopping Centre. Leaving the lowland coast path (waymarked blue), pick up the upland coast path (Waymarked red) in this area. The climb up to Mynydd Dinas, where there was once an iron age hill fort, is well worth the effort for the views across Swansea Bay, the docks and across to Devon. The return route heads towards the River Neath and Baglan Bay, picking up the lowland path once again. You’ll pass the refurbished Brunel Tower which once formed part of the old Briton Ferry docks. The Tower was opened in 1861 and it served the tinplate, iron and steel works that grew up in the area in the industrial revolution.
Wildlife Watching: Harbour Porpoise are occasionally seen off the promenade. Lapwings, with their distinctive ‘peewit’ call, are frequently seen on inland brownfield sites during the breeding season.

Gyfylchi Ridgetop Trail

Gyfylchi Ridgetop Trail

Follow forest roads, stony tracks and paths to an ancient Baptist Chapel at Gyfylchi, and the ruins of Nant y Bar, whose cows once provided the whole valley with milk. The walk is quite steep in places so walking boots and waterproofs are recommended. Most of the walk is through conifer forests so be alert and look out for birds that specialise in feeding on conifers, such as Crossbills, and Siskins. In open glades and along rides you may see butterflies such as Peacock.

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