The 800 acres of Margam Park provides a perfect backdrop for a walk in the countryside. The blue way-markers for this walk begin at the track next to the Park’s Visitor Centre, up the road from the park entrance and car park. The Pulpit Trail begins with a nice gentle stroll beside the wooded slopes of the Celtic Iron Age Hillfort, also known as Mynydd y Castell. As you follow the path upwards, Cwm Phillip Valley and the old farm at Cwm Maelwg come into sight. At the Pulpit, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of Margam Country Park, Eglwys Nunydd Reservoir and the smaller waters of Kenfig pool. In the distance, Swansea Bay and the Gower and Devon coastlines can also be seen. Wildlife Watching: Margam Park is well known for its deer and you are likely to see Fallow Deer on your walk. Further up the ridge you have the chance to see Adders basking and the valley is a sheltered haven for various butterflies. Spring time walkers can enjoy displays of Bluebells, Wood Sorrel and Violets.
Woodland / Pasture
The highlights of this trail are the spectacular views of the Afan Valley and Pontrhydyfen village.From Rhyslyn car park, briefly follow the road back towards Pontrhydyfen and take the footpath which climbs up to the right above the road. There is a steep 180 metre climb up this track to the top where it meets the country road taking you over the hillside. The road carries directly onto the ruins of Gyfylchi Chapel, but the recommended route turns right off the road for a gentle climb to the viewpoint and round to the chapel. It’s thought that this chapel was already in ruins by the mid 18th century, but it was rebuilt in 1775 by a local Anglican clergyman. It remained an important methodist centre until it was replaced by a chapel in Pontrhydyfen in 1826. There is a steep decent back to the car park.Wildlife Watching: This dynamic landscape offers many opportunities for species such as Nightjars and reptiles. More permanent areas are colonised by Heather. Redpoll can be seen in the Conifer plantations.