Wales Coast Path – Mynydd Dinas

DIFFICULTY:
  • Strenuous
DISTANCE:
    16.7 km / 10.4 mi
ALLOW:
    6 hours and 35 minutes
HABITAT:
  • Urban / Beach / Woodland

This circular walk takes in part of the lowland coast path through Aberavon and Port Talbot and the upland coast path over Mynydd Dinas. Aberavon was once a busy sea port used for the export of coal and raw materials; it's now a traditional seaside resort which boasts a 5km stretch of sandy beach and a contemporary promenade, overlooking Swansea Bay.

There are numerous car parks available opposite the seafront. Turn left onto the promenade, following the coast path around the edge of the docks and through Port Talbot Shopping Centre. Leaving the lowland coast path (waymarked blue), pick up the upland coast path (Waymarked red) in this area. The climb up to Mynydd Dinas, where there was once an iron age hill fort, is well worth the effort for the views across Swansea Bay, the docks and across to Devon. The return route heads towards the River Neath and Baglan Bay, picking up the lowland path once again. You'll pass the refurbished Brunel Tower which once formed part of the old Briton Ferry docks. The Tower was opened in 1861 and it served the tinplate, iron and steel works that grew up in the area in the industrial revolution.

Wildlife Watching: Harbour Porpoise are occasionally seen off the promenade. Lapwings, with their distinctive 'peewit' call, are frequently seen on inland brownfield sites during the breeding season.

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