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things to do this autumn

There are plenty of adventures to be had in the Autumn months in the Dramatic Heart of Wales.

Discover our wealth of country parks to see the changing seasons at their best. Afan Forest Park in Port Talbot offers stunning woodland trails, river-side walks and views across acres of forest. What’s more, keen mountain-bikers will love the expanse of biking trails that weave through the Forest Park – with trails for all abilities, from beginner to advanced.

Head northwest from the Afan Valley and reach the bustling valley town of Pontardawe, where you can enjoy a woodland walk in Cwm Du Glen. Once a plantation owned by industrialist Arthur Gilberston, the former house was also used as a hospital in World War I. Now, this wooded valley is a peaceful place to enjoy a scenic walk.

Margam Country Park on the eastern side of Neath Port Talbot is where you can see our dramatic landscapes and heritage at its best. Discover the Margam Deer Herd while walking the expansive grounds of Margam Castle. Children will enjoy the fairy tale village, with its own miniature houses,  and the large adventure playgrounds while the family can enjoy learning the history of the area while visiting Margam Abbey which offers its own theatrical tour.

If the heavens open, head to the heart of Swansea Valley and shelter in Pontardawe Arts Centre – catch a film, an art exhibition, or even a theatre production.

If you’re looking for a slice of culture with your autumn explorations, our In Their Footsteps trail guides you around the sights that inspired Richard Burton’s arresting performances, Joseph Turner’s Romantic artwork, and Alfred Russel Wallace’s scientific discoveries. Stroll through the ruins of the Gilbertson Estate, once home to the steelworks’ founder, and walk in the footsteps of ancient Cistercian Monks who founded Margam Abbey in the 12th century. Learn more about In Their Footsteps trails here.

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