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Old Parish Road Walk

DIFFICULTY:

Easy

DISTANCE:

1.9 km / 1.2 mi

ALLOW:

40 minutes

HABITAT:

Woodland

Follow the path below the entrance to the visitor centre, following it through the underpass and across the cycle track. The old track takes you through the Oak woodland, with views of the Afan Valley and the river below. Until the creation of the main road in 1920, this track was the old parish road to Neath, dating back to the 11th century. There are still good examples of original stone walls along the way, now atmospherically carpetted in moss. The return route is along a section of cycleway. For those who would prefer a tarmacced surface, this section could be an alternative to the old track, following the cycleway in both directions. For train enthusiasts, before returning back under the underpass, continue briefly along the cycle track, where you will find the old Cynon Halt Railway Station.

Wildlife Watching: The edges of the woodland create great habitats for various species, including butterflies such as Speckled Wood, Peacock and Red Admiral. Birds in the woodland include Blue Tits and Nuthatches.

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