Have you set a fitness goal for 2022? Then look no further than a staycation that offers a wealth of fitness opportunities in beautiful, coastal, rural and mountainous surroundings.
Book your next holiday in Neath Port Talbot, the Dramatic Heart of Wales, and take your health and fitness journey to the next level. With world-renowned mountain biking trails, challenging road cycling routes, a huge expanse of coastline and fitness events throughout the year (subject to Covid-19 guidance), there’s never been a better time to dive in and see what Neath Port Talbot has to offer.
We have created an itinerary called ‘Tough As Steel’, especially for fitness fanatics to showcase the experiences on offer in our area. You can download the itinerary and plan your trip depending on your fitness interests.
Explore the Afan Valley by bike
For mountain biking enthusiasts, Afan Forest Park is a must-visit location. Stay at Afan Lodge, set within the stunning Afan Valley, with its alpine scenery and chalet-style accommodation. If you’re a beginner why not book a session with Campbell Coaching mountain biking coaches who can lead you through the twisting tracks and help you enjoy the Afan Forest Park trails to the full.
For more experienced riders, visit Afan A Blast cycle shop who can equip you with everything you need to ride the newly refurbished Skyline trail – an exciting and challenging addition to Afan Forest Park.
If road cycling is more your thing, check out one of the Dragon Ride routes which all begin and end in Margam Country Park to the east of the county. Each route is designed for riders of varying abilities so take it easy and enjoy the scenery or challenge yourself to lots of intense climbs and be rewarded with a huge sense of achievement.
Training for an upcoming marathon or event?
The Dramatic Heart of Wales is an excellent place for marathon or other event training. Try running around the grounds of Gnoll Estate Country Park in Neath where you’ll find a number of beautiful routes.
If you want to go at your own pace, visit Aberavon Seafront and take in the sea air of Swansea Bay while pounding the promenade along this three-mile stretch of sandy beach.
There’s also an outdoor gym at Aberavon Seafront to stretch your muscles and work-out in the open air. Why not sign up to one of the many athletic events that are due to take place in 2022? (subject to Covid-19 restrictions).
Enjoy a spa or swimming session
After all that cycling and running you may be looking to cool down with a lower impact activity. Afan Valley Swimming Pool is a perfect spot for a leisurely dip or for those hoping to get a triathlon training session in. With a brand-new sauna and early morning lane-swimming sessions, it’s worth a visit while staying here in the Dramatic Heart of Wales.
If your fitness journey is all about trying new experiences, then prepare yourself for an adrenaline-filled visit to Go Ape in Margam Country Park. Home to the UK’s biggest Tarzan Swing, you can climb, swing and leap your way through the treetops at this haven for adventure-junkies.
If hearing about all that hasn’t worn you out, then visit the Dramatic Heart of Wales for your next fun-filled fitness staycation.