Afan and Pelenna Valleys Circular Route is a 7.7 mile loop trail located near Port Talbot, Neath Port Talbot, Wales that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Length7.7 miElevation gain1,581 ftRoute typeLoop
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Getting There

This walk begins near the village of Pontrhydyfen - the birthplace of the actor Richard Burton. It shows you something of the Afan river and valley, then follows the route of chapel goers of the past, up the mountain to Gyfylchi where the ruins of the chapel are now next to a centre used by mountain bikers. The walk then goes along forest tracks and paths to stream-filled older woodland and through to the River Pelenna where reed beds remove impurities from water flowing from old mine workings. Near the village of Tonmawr, it brings you back up to Gyfylchi and along a deserted upland road with extensive views stretching across Neath and Swansea Bay. Then back down above Pontrhydyfen to Rhyslyn. This area is surprisingly remote and this walk gives a day out in the quiet and the wild. There is a lot of uphill walking which is why the route has a 4 boot difficulty grading. You will also need to negotiate a number of kissing gates, steps and stiles along the way.

From junction 40 of the M4, follow signs to Cymmer/Pontrhydyfen on A4107. Coming into the Afan Forest Park, (having passed though 2 sets of traffic lights), turn left for Neath/Pontrhydyfen just after a large rock on the left-hand side of the road. Head down across the bridge (and the River Pelenna), turning right immediately after the bridge. This will take you to the Rhyslyn car park and the start of the walk. The nearest post code (which takes you into the village in Pontrhydyfen) is SA12 9TF.

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Sandro Ford
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Julie James
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Artur Wysocki
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Nice walk but not a lot of exciting moments/breath taking views. Described as hard but is not really hard, most of it is wide and hard path only few muddy and. more difficult bits.

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Sandro Ford
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Julie James
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Martin Brophy
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Rachel Davies
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Emily Owen
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Andrew Betts
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Went wrong way a couple of times but not to bad Enjoyed coffee in the cafe Nice walk

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The Joker
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WalkingGreat!Off trailRocky

amazing trail, when we got back to the car we hadn't even realised we had walked so far!

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Lorna Slade
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Hannah James
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WalkingMuddyOff trailOver grown

beautiful walk through the forestry. well sign posted for the individual walk you were doing. we walked off the beaten track and it was still accessible and just so peaceful and beautiful.

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Nichola James
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This is a great trek with some lovely views and great fforest walks. I would say this is a moderate walk for anyone with a decent fitness level. The last part of the trek is severely overgrown. Would definitely do this trek again.

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Chris Moore
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Richard Hughes
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Katrina Lomas
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Stephen Milburn
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