The Birthplace Trail
Along the ‘Birthplace Trail’ in Pontrhydyfen, you can see his birthplace and hear him quote a passage of ‘Under Milk Wood’, a play by his favourite poet Dylan Thomas. Information panels are located along the trail, which provide interesting facts on Richard’s childhood and career.
Difficulty: Moderate (some steps and rough surfaces)
Distance: 3 miles / 4.8 km
Start: Rhyslyn Car Park
Allow: 1 ½ to 2 hours for the complete walk
Points of Interest
1. Pontrhydyfen aqueduct, built in 1825.
2. Richard Burton’s birthplace.
3. Penhydd Street where many of Richard’s family used to live.
4. Pontrhydyfen viaduct, built in 1898.
5. Portrait Bench. The life sized sculptures are of Richard Burton, locally born comedian Rob Brydon and retired Afan Forest Park Ranger Dick Wagstaff.
6. Bethel Chapel. A memorial service for Richard was held here shortly after his death and was attended by hundreds of locals and many celebrities.
The Richard Burton trails leaflet contains maps and directions on how to follow the two Richard Burton trails.
How to Join the Trail
Driving Directions to Rhyslyn Car Park
Exit the M4 (J40) and follow the A4107 in the direction of Afan Forest Park. Turn left at the mini roundabout, continue through two sets of traffic lights and turn left onto the B4287 towards Pontrhydyfen. Take a sharp right turn just before the aqueduct.
Driving Directions to Cwmavon Community Centre
Leave the M4 (J40) and follow the A4107 in the direction of Afan Forest Park. Turn left at the mini roundabout. Continue along and turn left at the traffic lights. At the bottom of the hill, turn right, and turn right again when Cwmavon Rugby Club is in front of you.
Buses go to Pontrhydyfen, Oakwood and Cwmavon Community Centre. For public transport information call 0871 200 22 33 or visit Traveline Cymru.