Old Parish Road Walk

DIFFICULTY:
  • Easy
DISTANCE:
    1.9 km / 1.2 mi
ALLOW:
    40 minutes
HABITAT:
  • Woodland
START POINT:
    Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre

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.

Argoed Walk
  • Port Talbot
  • Afan Valley
  • An attractive circular walk that passes by two ruined farmhouses, Nant Herbert, and Lluest, along...

    Read more
    Banwen Meadows and Woods
  • Dulais Valley
  • Starting at the Dove workshop, take your time to explore the beautiful surroundings of Banwen...

    Read more
    Cilybebyll Walk
  • Pontardawe
  • Swansea Valley
  • This is a very pleasant circular walk through woods and meadows, passing the sleepy hamlet...

    Read more

    Subscribe to our mailing list

    Search