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Penllergare Valley Woods

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Penllergaer | Penllergaer, Swansea SA4 9GS, Wales
+44 1792 344224
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A lovely woods to walk through

We came here with our son & 2 spaniels, what a lovely surprise. There is a car park, which is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Taztrip2014
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Swansea, United Kingdom
Wonderful place!

This is such a lovely place for a walk! You really wouldn't believe you're so close to the motorway... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
andypebble
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Ammanford, United Kingdom
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On the northern fringe of the city of Swansea, and within sight of the M4 motorway, lies the estate of Penllergare Valley Woods. Although the names are similar, the village of Penllergaer grew up as a separate entity from the Dillwyn Llewellyn Penllergare estate. Here, deep in the valley, away from the noise and fumes of the passing traffic and encroaching development, you'll find the overgrown but still discernable remnants of an important historic landscape. It is a secret and magical place. A place where you can enjoy the sound of birds, delight in the profusion of wild flowers, discover evidence of exotic plantings and uncover for yourself the hidden features of a grand design. The romantic and picturesque Penllergare was once created for the enjoyment of its creator John Dillwyn Llewelyn - a pioneering mover in science, nature, photography and astronomy in the 19th century. After over half a century of neglect, today it is a place that can be enjoyed and explored by everyone. It is a landscape that is gradually being revived, restored and regenerated by us all. Penllergare Valley Woods are run and maintained by Penllergare Trust, a small, local charity set-up specifically for this purpose. All the income from our coffee shop and car park goes back into the Trust to help us to maintain and further improve the woods. We also rely on donations, grants and our team of volunteers to continue our work. Coffee Shop Open 10am-4pm daily (except Xmas day) Car Park Open 9am-5pm daily (except Xmas day) - Pay & Display
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“lovely walk” (24 reviews)
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Penllergaer | Penllergaer, Swansea SA4 9GS, Wales
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here with our son & 2 spaniels, what a lovely surprise. There is a car park, which is charged for, thinks it's roughly £2. There are toilets and a lovely little coffee shop, run by volunteers. This has limited seating inside but has...More

Thank Taztrip2014
Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your lovely review. I am glad you enjoyed your first visit and we hope to see you again soon. The woods are leased and maintained by a small charity and all the income from our car park and coffee shop goes back...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is such a lovely place for a walk! You really wouldn't believe you're so close to the motorway and other main roads. The work that has gone into transforming it back into such an accessible area must have been huge and to maintain it...More

Thank andypebble
Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Andy. Thank you very much for your review. Our volunteers have worked extremely hard over the past 17 years to bring Penllergare back to life as a beautiful woodland garden and their work is ongoing.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visit for a family walk. Walks are easy going and very scenic. Paths are well maintained but where we walked there were steps so not necessarily wheel or push chair accessible. Very popular coffee shop but not very much seating especially under coverMore

Thank Neil G
Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for you review, Neil. I am glad you enjoyed your visit. We are a charity and all the proceeds from our community Coffee Shop go back to the Trust to help us to continue our work in the woods. We do have plans...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had an absolutely fantastic day (I mean whole day!) here ! Just 2 minutes off the M4. £2.00 parking all day. Entry was free. Loads of woodland and riverside walks to choose from plus lakes and the waterfall to see. It's a place to...More

Thank Nathan D
Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your lovely review, Nathan. I am glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon. All the proceeds from our car park and Coffee Shop go back to the Trust to help us to continue our work in...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent walk and good for photography, with small waterfall to view. Also wildlife on lake to watch, and a good cafe on site.More

Thank arosaWales
Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your review. I am glad you enjoyed your visit. There is a long history of photography at Penllergare - the first photograph of the moon was taken here and John Dillwyn Llewelyn, who designed the valley woods, was a keen photographer. Penllergare is...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This hidden gem of a place keeps getting better thanks to the work of the friends. The peace and solitude you get from it is priceless. It's going to get more popular but hopefully not commercial?

Thank Peterandjanice
Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review. Our volunteers work very hard to restore Penllergare and keep the woods clear and accessible for our visitors.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Been done beautifully great for families and dogs! Took a picnic and spent the day.... Will be back again soon.More

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Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review, Laura. Much of the work here has been done by our team of volunteers. Penllergare is run by a small, local charity, and the income from our car park and coffee shop goes back into helping us to restore...More

Reviewed 14 May 2017

lovely walks around the area, ideal for dog walking and general exercise. nice find this was good recomendationMore

1  Thank swanseaboy1456
Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

Thanks for your nice review. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. The site is run by a small, local charity and most of the work is done by volunteers. All the income from our Coffee Shop and Car Park goes back to The Penllergare Trust,...More

Reviewed 11 May 2017

We go here often walking our two English springer spaniels. Its a great place to visit what ever the weather. Lots of different trails to walk along. Lots of colour in the spring and summer.

1  Thank David B
Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2017

Thank you for your nice review, David. I am glad you enjoy your visits to us. If you haven't tried our Coffee Shop yet, it has lots of tasty treats for people and dogs (and the dog treats are free!).

Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

. Beautiful walks. great coffee shop and pleasant staff. Everyone in our group enjoyed. Thank you, see you again soon.

1  Thank Kay W
Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

Thank you for your lovely review, Kay. Our Coffee Shop is mostly staffed by volunteers and all the proceeds go back to the Trust to help us to continue our restoration of the woods.

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morrisjackie418
You say there are some steep inclines but are they very difficult or is it fairly accessable. my partner cis in his 70's and cannot walk too far!!
28 May 2017|
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Response from Penllergare | Property representative |
Hi Jackie. There are some easier routes which you could take. There is a short stroll around the Woodland Garden by our Coffee Shop, and the Carriage Drive is reasonably flat and leads to the viewpoint which overlooks the... More
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Linda I
How many miles around the Woodland?
30 August 2016|
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Response from Penllergare | Property representative |
Hi Linda, There are a variety of routes you can take for different length walks. Penllergare Valley Woods run from our main entrance near J47 of the M4, down to Cadle Mill, which is around 2 miles. If you take a circlular... More
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jazEngland
Hi Is it suitable for wheelchairs Kindest regards
3 November 2015|
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Response from Penllergare | Property representative |
Thank you for getting in touch. Our coffee shop is fully accessible. There is also disabled parking and disabled toilet/baby changing facilities. However, access for wheelchairs around Valley Woods is quite limited due to... More
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