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New year, new you: Active adventures in the Dramatic Heart of Wales

As we step into 2024, let’s embrace exploration: discover lesser-known places, dive into new hobbies, and embrace an active lifestyle. Nestled in the Dramatic Heart of Wales, Neath Port Talbot offers a wealth of thrilling activities to keep you on your toes.

Discover some of the adventurous activities awaiting you in the Dramatic Heart of Wales. Here’s to a year filled with exploration and wonder.


Unbeatable Mountain Biking


If you’re ready to unleash your inner thrill seeker this year, then the Dramatic Heart of Wales is the ultimate destination for you. With some of the best mountain bike trails in the UK, Neath Port Talbot offers mountain bike experiences for all levels with the most beautiful backdrops.

Carve your way along rocky peaks, forest floor valleys, alpine hairpins, fast tracks and chutes, steep climbs and smooth-rolling rides. The area welcomes bikers of all ages and abilities. Whether you’re looking to have a fun day out with your family or looking to test your biking ability, there are different graded trails for everyone here.

Explore family-friendly trails at Margam Country Park or challenge yourself on the 130km of all-weather trails at Afan Forest Park. To make your staycation even more hassle-free, hire a bike at the Afan Valley Bike Shed.


Daring Rock Climbing, Caving and Canoeing


With Neath Port Talbot’s diverse valleys, caving systems, rivers, and mountains, it would be silly not to make the most of our natural playground waiting to be explored. Join the adventure with Adventure Britain and Margam Park Adventure with pulse-raising activities like rock climbing, caving, gorge walking, canoeing and paddle boarding.

It is the perfect opportunity for families, friends or even co-workers to build relationships, get out into nature and embrace a challenge.


Surf Heaven at Aberavon Beach


Already planning your spring getaway? If you’d like to connect with the open water, conquer a full-body workout and feel the unbeatable thrill of riding into shore, then surfing is waiting for you.

With rideable swell and gentle offshore winds, Spring is the best time of year to tackle the waves at Aberavon Beach. And, many surfers choose to hit the waves here with the expert help of Surf School Wales.

Whatever your level of experience, Surf School Wales’s expertise will leave you feeling confident and ready to jump on your board again and again. Surf School Wales’ season runs from April to October, so now’s the perfect time to book your seaside escape.


Scenic Walks


Who said adventures have to be high-octane? Walking in a new area allows you to discover hidden treasures and absorb local culture, offering opportunities for a slower pace of exploration.

So, pack your walking boots because the Dramatic Heart of Wales is a tapestry of beautiful landscapes, bustling nature, and historical culture. Every corner, valley and vale offers something different – from tumbling waterfalls to dramatic coastlines, rolling country parks to stunning valleys. Discover the best walks for you, using our interactive map for trail details, maps and trail cards here.

Make 2024 your year of adventure, discovery, and staying active in the heart of south Wales. Start planning your action-packed visit to the Dramatic Heart of Wales here.

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