Dedicated webpage promotes Burton trail

10 January 2012

The Richard Burton Trail webpage

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.

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D. Saunders says:

I’ve just read your article on Richard Burton Trail and cant help being surprised at Council leader Ali Thomas comments that the trail has proved to be very popular and attracted hundreds of locals and visitors to Pontrhydyfen. Obviously he hasnt been there lately!
Along the trail, most of the information posts along with the ‘U-turn wind up box’ at the portrait bench have been vandalised. Apart from that, the track section of the trail has become a rat run for off road motorbikes and a convenient toilet for dogs and horses. The amount of animal mess has to be seen to be believed! I think visitors to the area must be dismayed and disgusted that the trail has been left in such a sorry state. This cant be a very good advertisment for Port Talbot.