Things to do in the Neath Vale Area



The cottage is ideally placed for walking, with easy access to footpaths, Neath canal tow path and St Illtyd’s National Trail.  You can even follow in Roman footsteps along Sarn Helen, nearby.

A footpath begins almost opposite the cottage alongside a small waterfall and leads through woodland to a network of tracks and paths that traverse the local mountain. You are welcome to borrow our OS maps to help you explore the locality.

For a few ideas, check out the Waterfall Country.


Mountain Biking

 The Afan Forest Park is quoted as one of the ‘World’s Top 10 places to ride’ by What Mountain Bike, and Mountain Bike Rider rates it as among the ‘Top 10 places to ride before you die’. The park is known across the globe for its world-class mountain bike trails…  And you can hire bikes there too!


Cycling is a great way of seeing the countryside and getting some exercise at the same time. You can cycle along the canal towpath from the Basin just along the road from the cottage all the way to Neath and beyond. It’s a great way to explore the canal and its architecture.

The Afan Forest Park’s low level cycle route ‘Y Rheilffordd’ (meaning  'Railway' in English), which runs along the base of the Valley, is very popular. This is a great trail for the family with picnic and refreshment stops along the trail, which is 36km in total. Find out more at the Afan Forest Park link above.

Click here for more cycling ideas and to download a map of Neath Port Talbot cycle routes.


Quad Biking

Dulais Valley Quads provides you with the adventure and thrill of navigating the latest Honda 250cc Quad through approx 175 acres of rough terrain, hills, woodlands and streams. Juniors (8-15) can navigate their own quads (70cc – 110cc) through approximately 175 acres of rough terrain, up and down hills, through woodlands and streams and lots of mud! For more info, go to Dulais Valley Quads



Dulais Valley Quads (above) also offer an indoor archery centre.



You can launch kayaks and canoes from the canal basin just down the road from the cottage and explore the Neath canal. You can also hire canoes and single and double kayaks from the Swansea Canal Society and explore the Swansea canal.


With so much water around, there are ample opportunities for fishing. The Neath and Tennant canals, managed by Skewen Angling Club offer pike, rudd and tench (Tennant) and roach, carp, bream, tench and eels (Neath). Brown trout and sea trout can be found in the River Neath, managed by the Neath and Dulais Angling Club  Rainbow trout can be found in Furzemill Pond at Margam Park which is open for fishing all year round.



Local golf clubs include the nearby Neath Golf ClubAlso worth a look are Glynneath Golf Club, Fairwood Park on the Gower, and Swansea Bay Golf Club.
A general guide to golf courses in Wales can be found at

Paintball and Laser Tag

Check out Teamforce paintball and laser tag 




Horse Riding

Canter over to Clyne Farm Riding and Activity Centre on the Gower peninsula.



Surfing, Kayaking and Lifesaving are just a few of the many exciting water based activities taking place in the area.  Neath Port Talbot Council has recognised the growing popularity of such activities and recently produced a Water Sports Guide.  

What's On Where in Neath Port Talbot

Fetes, festivals, gigs, community events - there's always something happening in Neath Port Talbot and South West Wales!  Check out these links for a snapshot of what's going on.  What's On Where  --  Things To Do  -- Enjoy Swansea Bay.