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Inspiration For Your Exciting 2023 Staycation

Now that we’ve waved goodbye to 2022 are you looking to plan an exciting new year getaway?

Whether you’re looking to make memories with the family, unleash your inner thrill-seeker, or really get back to nature, Neath Port Talbot, The Dramatic Heart of Wales, is the ideal place for you.

To help plan your visit, we have created a series of suggested itineraries that will help you make the most of your time here.

These itineraries can be downloaded from our Plan Your Visit section on the website.


Valleys Outdoor Adventure

If you’re looking to escape the nine to five grind and immerse yourself in the Welsh countryside then Valleys Outdoor Adventure is for you.

This staycation is perfect for those travelling with friends or family and looking to experience excitement among the scenic surroundings.

Adrenaline lovers in particular will love this getaway thanks to activity providers Adventure Britain and Mountain and River Activities who offer exciting outdoor activities from gorge walking to caving and rock climbing.

And once you’re ready to relax for the evening then why not choose from a selection of quality accommodation providers, including the relaxing Towers Hotel or Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages.


Steely Adventurers

Want to make memories with your family? Then you’ll love our Steely Adventurers holiday!

This break allows your family to take to the treetops and enjoy a range of exhilarating activities.

Fancy taking a six-metre leap of faith with the UK’s biggest Tarzan swing? Then head to Go Ape Treetop Challenge at Margam Country Park! This popular attraction is loved by visitors of all ages and will really test your nerve.

Or if you prefer to stay firmly on land, then Margam Park Adventure offers some great cycling routes for everyone to enjoy. However, if the stunning coastline is calling to you, then let Surf School Wales show you how to master the waves with an expert lesson on surfing.

After a fun day out why not base yourself in the heart of the action at Tyn Cellar Farm. This 17th Century, Grade 2 listed property offers 4* accommodation with a quaint country vibe and is located 2.5 miles from Margam Country Park.


Tough as Steel

For those who want to challenge themselves to the max – there’s Tough as Steel!

This adrenaline-inducing trip could see you indulge your passion for mountain biking, running and swimming against some of south Wales’s most scenic backdrops.

Base yourself at the idyllic Afan Lodge, which is both centrally located and incredibly cosy, and from there you are well placed to begin your adventure.

Head to Afan Forest Park to experience some of the most thrilling mountain biking trails in the UK, this location is a must-visit for mountain biking enthusiasts thanks to its rugged terrain and panoramic views. Want to be led around this exciting course by the experts? Then choose Campbell Coaching who will guide you along the twisting tracks.

Or if swimming is your sport of choice head to Afan Valley Swimming Pool, just five minutes from Afan Lodge, and squeeze in an all-important training session!  There are also a number of running events held annually to allow you to test yourself against the very best so check our events page to find something to suit you!


Afan Forest Park – Room to Ride

Take your mountain-biking skills to the next level at Afan Forest Park.

The Room to Ride holiday will allow you to experience some of the most challenging and enjoyable biking courses, across 130km of mountain and woodland trails at the park.

But if you’re looking for sky-high adventures then head to the treetops at Margam Country Park for Go Ape’s nerve-wracking challenge.

Margam Country Park also offers four colour-coded Margam Deer Mountain Bike Trail routes, which are suitable for starters, experts and everyone in between!

Then why not relax in the tranquil surroundings of the Afan Lodge. This chalet-style accommodation is the perfect place to kick back after an adrenaline-filled day.


In Their Footsteps

The Dramatic Heart of Wales is renowned for its icons in the worlds of stage, art, industry and science.

This staycation lets you walk In Their Footsteps and take a glimpse into the area’s diverse and rich past.

Start your journey with a stay at the Tan Yr Eglwys Cottages in the Swansea Valley, then immerse yourself in the history of Neath Port Talbot with local storyteller Carl Gough.

Walk in the footsteps of Welsh acting legend Richard Burton, and discover his early life and influences as part of the three-mile Richard Burton Trail. Or take a five-mile walk along the Turner Trail and witness the stunning scenery which inspired artist Joseph Mallord William Turner.

Ignite your curiosity with the Alfred Russel Wallace Trail and uncover why he was inspired by the Neath landscape. Or enjoy a leisurely two-mile stroll along the Gilberston Trail in Pontardawe named after the founder of the world-leading Port Talbot Steelworks.

Or step back in time with Our Ancestors Trail and discover the history of the Cisterian Monks who founded Margam Abbey and the Talbot family who built the famous Margam Castle.


Family Mountain Biking Tour

Make lasting memories as part of the Family Mountain Biking Tour.

Soak in the natural beauty of the Dramatic Heart of Wales from the idyllic Willow Springs Campsite, which offers an escape from everyday life.

Then head out on your family biking adventure to Afan Forest where you can take on its family trails and enjoy exploring this scenic location together.

Aspiring bikers can develop their skills thanks to the Afan Bike Park, and then head out on the Rookie Trail, which lets beginners explore their surroundings safely.

If you’ve forgotten your bike, then Afan A Blast is on hand to help! It offers a full range of bikes for everyone so you’re guaranteed to be catered for.

And after a busy day of action and adventure, it’s time to relax in the eco-friendly campsite, which offers glamping, heated camping huts or shepherd’s huts.


We can’t wait to welcome you to the Dramatic Heart of Wales for your short break in 2023.

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