Afan Forest Park - Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre, near Port Talbot
Starting point for three of our red-graded mountain...
The Gorlech Walk and the Forest Garden Walk are diverted due to a landslide.
Please follow all instructions and diversion signs on site.
Abergorlech is home to a picnic site with childrens' play area in a wooded location where the Gorlech and Cothi rivers meet.
Strangely shaped stones have been found in the river, and examples of these Gorlech Stones are displayed in the front gardens of cottages in the villages.
Sewin (sea trout) and salmon find their way up the river Gorlech each year to spawn.
There are three waymarked walks from Abergorlech, one of which goes to Brechfa Forest Garden.
There are portaloos in the car park.
The walking trails are waymarked from start to finish.
Look out for the information panel at the start of the trail.
Find out about walking trail grades.
This mainly level woodland trail goes alongside the scenic river Gorlech, over a humpback bridge and then returns along the forest road.
This delightful trail follows the River Gorlech along forestry roads before crossing a small bridge on to a footpath and climbing uphill through mature woodlands made up of mixed broad leaf trees and conifers.
This trail goes to Brechfa Forest Garden (see below)
The forest garden is made up of half of the tree species that are able to grow in the British Isles. They were planted by the Forestry Commission in the last century to assess how well they grew in Britain.
All our mountain bike trails are waymarked from start to finish and have been graded for difficulty.
At the start of the trail there is an information panel – please read this before setting off.
This trail is a hard, fast, all weather surface which becomes more and more exciting as your skill level and speed progress.
Highlights include perfectly sculpted berms and huge switchbacks, jumps and tabletops.
This was created by Forestry Commission staff in the late 1950s and early 1960s (but with the most recent plantings in 2004).
They planted a variety of trees, mainly coniferous, to assess their suitability for use in British forestry.
Many of these trees have matured and now form an arboretum with a difference as, instead of one or two trees of each type, there are whole stands of trees from all over the world.
Brechfa Forest Garden can be reached on the Forest Garden Trail.
Brechfa Forest is the modern name for part of the ancient Glyn Cothi Forest.
Glyn Cothi Forest was managed for centuries by local people in order to provide building materials, products and grazing.
In 1283, following the final defeat of Wales by Edward I, Glyn Cothi became a Royal Forest administered under Forest Law for several centuries.
Since those days a very different forest has developed. In the 1900s Brechfa Forest was replanted with conifers by the Forestry Commission to boost Britain’s timber reserve after the heavy use of timber in the First World War.
Brechfa Forest covers some 6500 hectares and is looked after by Natural Resources Wales for the benefit of people, wildlife and timber production.
Horse riders are welcome on forest roads.
Brechfa Forest forms part of the National Forest for Wales.
The National Forest will:
In time it will form a connected ecological network running throughout Wales, bringing social, economic and environmental benefits.
For more information about the National Forest for Wales go to the Welsh Government website.
Please check the top of this page for any changes to these opening times.
The portaloos are open at all times.
Abergorlech is a small village on the B4310, south of Lampeter.
It is in the county of Carmarthenshire.
Abergorlech is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 186.
The OS grid reference is SN 586 337.
From the A482 between Lampeter and Llandovery, turn off onto the B4302for Llansawel.
From Llansawel follow signs for Abergorlech.
The nearest train station is in Carmarthen.
For details of public transport go to the Traveline Cymru website.
Car parking is free of charge.
Overnight parking is not permitted.
Tel: 0300 065 3000