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Penllergare Valley Woods

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Penllergaer | Penllergaer, Swansea SA4 9GS, Wales
+44 1792 344224
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Very beautiful area

The coffee shop was really lovely and it was animal friendly also. There were water dishes around... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
jean p
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Swansea, United Kingdom
Afternoon out.

Attended an event here that showed kids how to make fairy gardens and weave with willow branches... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lydia D
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Neath Port Talbot, 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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Penllergaer | Penllergaer, Swansea SA4 9GS, Wales
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The coffee shop was really lovely and it was animal friendly also. There were water dishes around the area so that dogs could lap up at any time.

Thank jean p
Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, Jean. I am glad you enjoyed your visit. Our Coffee Shop is mainly staffed by volunteers, and all the proceeds from there and our car park go back into helping us to continue our work in the woods.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Attended an event here that showed kids how to make fairy gardens and weave with willow branches. Really nice place and you don't have to walk far to be in amazing surroundings.

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

Thank you for your review, Lydia. That was our Country Fair, which we are planning to hold annually. We also have plant sales and a Potting Shed sale in May each year. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent a delightful Sunday morning walking through these attractive woods. The paths are well defined, and in places you had a choice of routes to follow without getting lost. Lots of bird life and wild flowers to be seen. A local attraction for all...More

Thank paula67Adelaide
Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review. I am glad you enjoyed your visit. Most of the work here is undertaken by our team of volunteers and all the proceeds from our Coffee Shop and car park go back into helping us to continue our work...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lovely place to walk with the family or dogs. You can easily wander off and almost got lost. Great for taking photos too.

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

Thank you for your kind review. Most of the work here has been done by our team of volunteers, who are dedicated to the restoration of the woods.

Reviewed October 11, 2017

This park is very relaxing and beautiful with a gentle walk and lovely picnic areas and easy parking in a quiet wooded area.

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

Thank you for your lovely review. I am glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed October 11, 2017 via mobile

Was like a walk through paradise. Lots to see. Variety of trees and plants. Can't wait to visit Welsh park again.

Thank ChristmasTurkey6
Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your glowing review! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed October 3, 2017

Nice place for walking the dog. Coffee shop is a nice touch. It is just a pity that Swansea County Council hav eimposed their parking policy and charges.More

Thank BugsUK
Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2017

Thank you for your review. Penllergare Valley Woods isn't run by the council, but by a local non-profit charity, The Penllergare Trust. We don't receive any funding from the council and our car park is our main source of income, the proceeds of which go...More

Reviewed September 30, 2017 via mobile

One of the stunning beauties in the area. You have to be there to see it, so pack your boots and start walking to explore this beautiful creation of nature

Thank Anurag C
Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2017

Thank you, Anurag! I'm glad you enjoy visiting us and we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed September 21, 2017 via mobile

This place is beautiful and has undergone an amazing transformation in recent years. Anyone who was familiar with the woods in the late 70s and early 80s would remember a very different place which, though beautiful was overgrown and often frequented by thugs with air...More

Thank RogerKitty
Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2017

Thank you very much for your review, Roger. I am glad you enjoyed your visit. Most of the restoration work has been done by our team of Woodland volunteers.

Reviewed September 21, 2017 via mobile

We have driven past the woods lots if times but this time we drove in and parked. This is pay to park. Wear good shoes or trainers as the paths are stony. Lovely old trees around and some specimen trees. This valley is supported by...More

Thank sirgar
Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2017

Thank you for your review. All the restoration of the woods is being undertaken by The Penllergare Trust, a small, local charity. All the income from our car park and Coffee Shop goes back into helping us to continue our restoration and maintenance of the...More

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Thanks Katherine. The Carriage Drive is suitable for a buggy, and some people do push them around the lakeside walk and down to the waterfall, but there are some steep paths, due to the nature of the site, so it depends how... More
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