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AFAN Forest Park has been promoting the huge range of activities on offer.

The park was visited by Dr Brian Gibbons, who was keen to highlight what Wales has to offer during the summer months, siting the forest park as a fine example.

Activities include walking trails, family cycling and mountain biking.

The park’s visitor centre, run by Neath Port Talbot Council, offers a campsite, cafe, shop, and conference room.

The South Wales Miners’ Museum – which recently received £91,338 funding from the Assembly’s Communities Facilities and Activities Programme (CFAP) – is situated in the visitors centre and illustrates the history of the forest park.

The visitors centre attracted 12,526 visitors in 2006 as it continues to build upon its reputation as one of the best mountain biking centres in the UK.

Dr Gibbons, visiting in his capacity as Minister for Justice and Local Government, said: “We are fortunate in Wales to have such spectacular scenery and so many places which offer a variety of fun and rewarding outdoor sports and activities.

“There are also many activities such as the Afan Forest Park visitor centre and the Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre which people can enjoy whatever the weather.

“The funding the Welsh Assembly Government announced last week for the South Wales Miners Museum will help create a new area of the museum and enable the display of artefacts relating to the social mining heritage of the area.

“I’m keen to encourage as many people as possible to get out and enjoy Wales this summer, whatever the weather.”

Afan Forest Park is a Tourism Growth Area involving a partnership between the local authority, Forestry Commission Wales, South West Wales Tourism and the Welsh Assembly Government.

Newspaper: Neath Port Talbot Guardian
Date: 23/08/07