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Spirit of Llynfi Woodland, near Bridgend

Choose from a range of activities or just relax within a tranquil woodland setting

View of Bridgend with the sign The Spirit of Llynfi Woodland on display

Overview

The Spirit of Llynfi Woodland is located on the eastern slopes of the Upper Llynfi Valley, nine miles north of Bridgend and five miles south east of Afan Forest Park.

Recently established on a former industrial site, this community woodland offers local people access to green space on their doorstep and has a range of facilities for all to enjoy.

The varied landscape includes ponds, marshland and heathland.

Over 60,000 trees have been planted here including a mixture of broadleaves, fruit and ornamental trees.

The woodland was designed and developed with the community, for the community. It was sponsored by the Welsh Government Nature Fund and the Ford Motor Company Global Fund.

Read more about the woodland's development.

Visiting the Spirit of Llynfi Woodland

Woman walking in Llynfi woodlandThe facilities include:

  • footpaths
  • running trails (see below)
  • cycle trail
  • bridleway
  • seating areas
  • geocaches

Running trails

These waymarked running trails are a fantastic introduction to trail running.

The trails are on a mixture of forest roads, tarmacked surfaces, and a short section of single track road, with occasional mud and rocks.

Depending on the difficulty level of the trail, there are steep ascents and descents and undulating sections.

See the information below for more details on the route, length and level of fitness required.

Accessibility information

The Llynfi Valley Trail is an all ability Sustrans route running through the lower half of the site.

An accessible path links the Sustrans route and the bridleway to allow easier access to the upper parts of the site.

Go to the Sustrans website for more information about the Llynfi Valley Trail.

Keeper of the Colliery sculpture

SculptureThe Spirit of Llynfi Woodland is on the site of the former Coegnant Colliery and Maesteg Washery.

The Keeper of the Colliery is an oak sculpture of a miner which celebrates the lives of the hundreds of miners who once worked throughout the Llynfi valley.

A poem was commissioned for the unveiling ceremony of the sculpture.

The poem is about the area’s industrial past and its rebirth through the Spirit of Llynfi project.

Listen to the Keeper of the Colliery poem in our video.

Poem written by Dan Lock and recited by local historian and former colliery worker, Roy Meredith.

Closures and diversions

Please note:

  • Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations
  • Occasionally we may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff
  • Please always follow any instructions on site and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place

How to get here

The woodland borders the communities of Maesteg, Caerau and Nantyfyllon.

It can be accessed on foot from various locations around Maesteg:

  1. Cwrt y Mwnws Housing estate: CF34 0AL
  2. Coegnant Road entrance by Maesteg BMX track: CF34 0TW
  3. Maesteg Comprehensive School: CF34 0LQ
  4. Coegnant Road footbridge by former Anne’s Enterprises: CF34 0HU
  5. Footbridge behind former Nantyfyllon Surgery: CF34 0BT

Find out more

Contact details

Tel: 0300 065 3000

Email: enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

Go to the Llynfi Woodland Group Facebook page

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