A WALKING trail highlighting the hometown of a Hollywood superstar has tuned into cyberspace.
The Richard Burton trail, officially launched in June 2011, now has a dedicated website to promote the route, highlights and even memories of the internationally-renowned actor.
The trail takes visitors around Richard’s birthplace of Pontrhydyfen and the neighbouring village of Oakwood and also incorporates a new interpretation board promoting the life of the Hollywood star. Unique way markers also provide interesting facts on Richard’s life and career.
The new webpage provides detailed information on the trail and contains exclusive interviews with Richard’s family and friends, which provide a fascinating insight into the young Richard Burton, when he was growing up in the area.
Leaflets which provide step by step directions on how to follow the trail are available to download from the new webpage or alternatively, you can pick one up from the Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre.
Council Leader Ali Thomas said the trail had already proved to be a “very popular” attraction in Afan Forest Park.
He added: “(It) has already attracted hundreds of locals and visitors to Pontrhydyfen.
“Richard Burton is still well remembered in the local community and has a large fan base all around the world.
“The dedicated webpage will promote the trail and the area to Richard Burton fans more effectively.”
The creation of the Richard Burton trail was led by Neath Port Talbot Council Tourism Section with assistance from local residents from the Cwmavon Residents Action Group, Forestry Commission Wales, Sustrans, Groundwork Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot, The Richard Burton Advisory Group at Swansea University, Pelenna and Cwmavon Community First Teams and friends and family of Richard Burton.
Future works will include extending the interpretation to Taibach, Port Talbot, where the star went to school and his acting potential was recognised by teacher Phillip Burton.
The website can be visited at www.visitnpt.co.uk/richardburton.
For more information you can contact the Tourism Team on 01639 686830.