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Road cycling was popular in Neath Port Talbot long before Geraint Thomas was even born, let alone before he won the Tour de France.

The Port Talbot Wheelers invented our own ‘Tour de Cinq Vallées’ – The Five Valleys Sportive – back in 1958, an arduous 70-mile race taking in some of the most iconic climbs in South Wales. We’ve got all the things that road cyclists love here: winding lanes, tough climbs and thrilling descents – plus plenty of cafés for that all-important pit stop.

Cycling is a great way to get outdoors, get exercising and to discover our area. We have a range of safe cycle routes that are ideal for families, from disused railways lines to peaceful canal towpaths.

For full cycling details, an interactive ‘Active Travel Map’, and a downloadable map of cycle trails in the Dramatic Heart of Wales, please visit the Neath Port Talbot CBC website.

Here’s a selection of cycling highlights in the area:

Afan Valley 

National Cycle Network Route 887 is a traffic-free route that follows the Afan Valley from industrial Port Talbot to the big green spaces of Afan Forest Park, running through Pontrhydyfen – birthplace of Richard Burton – on the way.

The Cwm Tawe Trail 

The Cwm Tawe Cycle path forms part of the National Cycle Network Route 43, which takes you through the heart of the Swansea Valley from Trebanos to Ystalyfera.

The Celtic Trail 

Our part of National Cycle Network Route 4, which stretches the entire breadth of South Wales, links with Route 887 at Aberavon, taking you along the promenade for one of its most leisurely and enjoyable sections.

The High Level

Take The Celtic Trail’s alternative ‘high level’ route, National Cycle Network Route 47 from the Rhondda Valley down into the beautiful Vale of Neath.

Local Cycle Trails



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