A4107 Afan Valley Road Glyncorrwg Neath_Port_Talbot Wales
The Afan Valley is a valley that encompasses the upper reaches of the River Afan in South Wales. The River Afan runs the length of the valley, and the A4107 Afan Valley Road traverses the valley. Settlements within the valley include Abergwynfi, Blaengwynfi, Croeserw, Cymmer, Glyncorrwg, Graig, Abercregan, Duffryn Rhondda, Cynonville, Bryn, Oakwood and Cwmavon.| As with many valleys in South Wales, the advent of the Industrial Revolution led to the industrialisation of the valley and coalmines were dug to support the iron, tin and steel works of Port Talbot, located at the mouth of the River Afan. Fortunately none of the environmental damage associated with mining remains and the valley has been returned to a heavily wooded and green landscape known locally as ‘little Switzerland’. | Indeed, today, the Afan Forest Park is a major centre for walking and mountain biking in South Wales. Mountain bike trails including the Penhydd Trail, the Wall, the Whites Level and the Skyline Mountain Bike Trail add to the sense of adventure in the Forest Park. | Facilities within the park include a café, souvenir shop, and the south Wales Miners’ museum. Glyncorrwg Ponds Visitor Centre also offers mountain biking, as well as fishing and canoeing and a mountain biking centre has been built in Glyncorrwg at the end of one of the cycle paths.
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