Great news — the combined cycle/footpath alongside the A48 is finished, and ready for all to use. So now everyone, young and old, even the nervous cyclist can safely ride out of Coed Hirwaun up to Margam Park or down almost all the way to Pyle.
And what a wonderful treat! All that scenery and fresh air, right on our doorstep. And there’s more. The new foot/cyclepath is part of the National Cycle Network Route 4. This starts in London and goes all the way to St Davids. Just like our stretch it is still being developed, but most of it is already “off-road”. For instance, once you go under the railway bridge at Pyle (not the one on the A48, the other one up the side road), Route 4 takes you through parkland and old railway tracks almost as far as the Designer Outlet.
There’s loads more possibilities for cycling, especially up through Margam Park, as well as down through Kenfig Dunes. And beyond that there’s Afan Argoed, one of the world’s top 10 mountain biking destinations. It really is cycling paradise in these parts.
New! Try out my new route around Porthcawl (click here to download printable Guide)
.. but to start off, you could put the bike in the car, park in the Kenfig Nature Reserve, or better still cycle down from Coed Hirwaun to South Cornelly.
I am the volunteer-Ranger for Sustrans around Coed Hirwaun. I keep an eye on Cycle Route 4 from Pyle, up through Margam Park and on down into Port Talbot as far as the seafront at Aberavon, shown on the map below.
Sustrans-Cymru is the local branch of Sustrans. It promotes cycling, and has developed a network of cycle routes throught Britain. Locally, Route 4 runs along the south Wales coast from Bridgend to Pembroke, with off-shoots in between.
For more information about Kenfig click here