Wales Coast Path – Margam Moors

DIFFICULTY:

Some Exertion

DISTANCE:

6.3 km / 3.9 mi

ALLOW:

1 hour and 40 minutes

HABBITAT:

Sand Dunes / Moorland / Rural Road

This section of the Coast Path is the least explored of the Neath Port Talbot Coast Path, following a newly formed link over the River Kenfig into Bridgend. From Graig Fawr, follow the Wales Coast Path waymarkers down the road to the roundabout over the M4, crossing over to Longlands Lane. There is some informal parking at this point which may have some spaces. The route crosses the main South Wales train line so care will be needed in this area. The path takes you along a dismantled railway line which skirts the northern edge of Margam Moors, a 100 hectare site of low lying reclaimed wetland. The majority of the moors is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) recognised for its fen marshy grassland and ditches criss crossing the area, home to a number of rare plants and invertebrates. Nearby is the prominent Port Talbot Steelworks, opened in the early 1900’s and now producing steel as part of one of the largest plants in Europe. Passing the moors, follow the route through woodlands and dunes to reach the River Kenfig where the footbridge leads on to Kenfig National Nature Reserve and the vast stretch of Kenfig Sands. To return to the starting point, retrace your steps back through Margam Moors.

Wildlife Watching: In the spring migrant birds arrive and start to sing. Listen for the explosive song of the elusive Cetti’s Warbler or you may see a Whitethroat singing from a tree top; like its name suggests its throat is a striking white.

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