Based around the former 1780's Ironworks established by John Bedford, the park is an interesting mix of industrial archaelogy, rare plants and flowers, where visitors can study interpretation panels, take country walks and nature trails, or just relax over a picnic lunch while the children take advantage of the play areas.
The central feature of Bedford Park is the old Cefn Cribwr Ironworks, the remains of which is now protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and it is one of the most complete of its kind in Britain.
The original route of the old Dyffryn, Llynfi and Porthcawl Railway now forms Bedford Park's main footpath, which follows the line and is the most important footpath in the park, as well as being part of the National Cycle Route.
The Celtic Trail as it’s now called, is a traffic-free path for cycling, walking and wheelchairs and runs from Tondu to Frog Pond Wood. The route covers seven miles and passes through a variety of beautiful scenery giving the opportunity to explore different natural habitats and local wildlife. The route also includes the Tondu to Pyle Community Route, which forms a part of the National Cycle Network of Britain (Route 4).