Out and About around the Afan Forest
What's on, recreational facilities, ideas, places to visit and things to do
Meals and drinks are available at our local public house and restaurant called the "Refresh" and it's only a five minute walk from Bryn Teg House. "The Refresh" was once the main Cymmer Afan railway station building and is still extant today as a pub and restaurant. It may sound a little strange today but Cymmer was once a major railway junction and boasted three railway stations.
The line was builkt by the Rhondda & Swansea Bay Railway in 1885 and at the beginning of the last century it was taken over by the Great Western Railway. It originally ran from Swansea Docks and Port Talbot to Cymmer Afan, then to Abergwynfi and through the two mile long Blaenrhondda tunnel to Treorchy and Treherbert in the Rhondda Valley. Nowadays you can have an enjoyable meal and a relaxing drink at Cymmer Afan "station", but no more shall the shrill of the whistle from a small Great Western steam engine announce its fervent arrival, nor will you catch the next train through the tunnel to the Rhondda, sadly on the 15th July 1970 it closed to passengers forever.