Forestry Commission Wales's Afan Forest Park, near Port Talbot, is the fastest growing mountain bike area in the UK. With over 100km of trails riders will never get bored with the twisty, rocky, technical singletrack, and there's a great cafe to recharge the batteries post ride. Heading back the coast, no trip to South Wales is complete without experiencing Wales's most westerly point, Pembrokeshire. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, occupies about a third of the county including the whole coastline. A hot spot for water sports this area is renown for as a surfing haven and also attracts kite and wind surfers. The Daugleddau Estuary, which forms the harbour of Milford Haven, is a well-known canoeing and kayaking destination. Inland, the Preseli Mountains, which also lie in the National Park, are worth a visit. More like gentle hills, rather than mountains, the highest point is rise to Foel Cwmcerwyn, at 536 m (1,758 feet). The Preselis, arguably, provided the bluestones, which form the inner circle at Stonehenge.
South Wales stretches from the Severn Bridge along the coast to the westerly tip of Pembrokeshire. Less than 15 minutes from Swansea, the Gower Peninsula boasts around 50 unspoilt beaches, coves and bays. Llangennith is a top surfing spot, whilst Three Cliffs Bay is an incredibly picturesque place. Kite surfing and coasteering are also popular ways to enjoy the sea, and behind the beach in the dunes mountain boarding is taking off. The All-Wales Coast Path skirts the coves, bays and beaches of southern Wales before heading north to Cardigan Bay.
- Written by: David