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A Paw-Some dog’s day out in Neath Port Talbot

If you’re looking for the paw-fect day out for you and your four-legged friends then you’re in the right place!


Whether it’s wonderful walkies, tasty treats, or a weekend away – The Dramatic Heart of Wales offers an excellent selection of dog-friendly spots for you!


So here’s our list of the best places in Neath Port Talbot to enjoy a dog’s day out, or a weekend away, with your fur-ever friend.


Places to Explore

Margam Country Park offers a great selection of activities suited to everyone.


Whether you’re popping to the park for your favourite walkies or planning a special dog’s day out, this is the ideal place to spend some quality time together. Dogs are welcome across the park but must be kept on a lead. Find out more about visiting with your dog here.


There’s also a paw-some dog wash located near the car park to ensure your muddy pup is sparkling clean before they jump in your car.


Aberavon Coast is another ideal place to walk for miles with your sea-loving pup. Easily accessible with ample parking near the seafront, you can enjoy miles of sand and a lovely stroll along the promenade in the crisp fresh air.  This award-winning seaside resort has become highly popular due to its cleanliness and quality of facilities. A perfect place to bring along your pooch. Seasonal beach restrictions apply, please visit here for more details.


Why not head out to Melincourt Falls and nature reserve for a stroll along the hillside with your best friend? This idyllic walk winds its way through the valley until you reach the spectacular 80ft high waterfall. This short walk with vibrant plant life is one you’ll both love.


And Afan Forest Park is the perfect place to escape into nature with your dog! Featuring 14 walks ranging from easy to hard, this beauty spot includes tarmaced paths and muddy trails for you to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a one-mile stroll or a 10-mile hike – this is for you!


Places to Eat 

Why not buy you and your dog a tasty treat while you’re out and about?


There are a range of cafes and restaurants in Neath Port Talbot that welcome you and your four-legged friend.


Dogs are also welcome in the warm and cosy bar area of the Afan Lodge, where there are a range of light bites and beverages on offer.


Franco’s is a staple along Aberavon seafront, serving up a range of sandwiches, light bites and not to forget fantastic ice cream – everyone loves visiting here.


You and your dog will be no exception as this go-to venue features a dog friendly area inside the cafe, with water readily available for your pet. The cafe also has a doggy friendly menu with ice cream and sausages ready to order!


The Front along Aberavon seafront also welcomes dogs and is the ideal place to unwind and enjoy a bite to eat after a seaside stroll.


Places to Stay 

Not ready for the adventure to end? Finish up your day with a relaxing evening away.


The Afan Lodge is ideal for staying if you’re planning to explore Neath Port Talbot with your pet.


From sandy beaches, historical country estates, to the dramatic Afan Valley with picturesque walks, there really is something for everyone to enjoy – and your dog will love it!


And no need to worry about leaving your buddy behind at Plas Cilybebyll House in Pontardawe. Featuring an Italianate garden with pond and a domed folly, a secret walled garden with lily pond and surrounded by over 100 acres of countryside – your dog will love exploring this amazing manor.


Aberavon Beach Hotel is also the perfect place to take in seaside views and stay the night with your dog, find out more about its pet-friendly rooms here.


There’s an abundance of dog-friendly accommodation to explore on our website, find out more here

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