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Penllergare Valley Woods

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| Penllergaer, Swansea SA4 9GS, Wales
+44 1792 344224
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A hidden gem

We were recommended this beautiful wood by some very friendly people we were camping next to. They... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Kazzi56
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Burnham-On-Sea, United Kingdom
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Family walk

First timers to the woods. Lovely sunny day, great for 2 young boys to cycle safely. Could do with... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
312leannee
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Shepton Mallet, 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. Here, deep in the valley, away from the noise and fumes of the passing traffic and encroaching development, you'll find the remnants of an important historic landscape, which is gradually being preserved and restored. It is a secret and magical 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. This romantic and picturesque place was contrived 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. Penllergare is run by a small charity, The Penllergare Trust. Our Volunteer-run Coffee Shop is open 10-4 daily and our car park 9-5.
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| Penllergaer, Swansea SA4 9GS, Wales
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were recommended this beautiful wood by some very friendly people we were camping next to. They said it was lovely to walk dogs around. They weren't wrong. We took our dog there and had a fabulous walk down to the second lake/pond which is...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First timers to the woods. Lovely sunny day, great for 2 young boys to cycle safely. Could do with some more benches along the way, only found one. Extremely disappointed with the bags of dog poo left along the paths especially as there is a...More

Thank 312leannee
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Penllergare Valley Woods today and loved it. We’re holidaying in the area and whilst the beaches have been lovely in this heat we really fancied shady and cool for a change. Penllergare is so beautiful, it’s devoid of signs and rules and this...More

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

Thank you very much for your lovely review, Patricia. We are glad you enjoyed your visit to Penllergare. The park is run by a small charity and all the proceeds from our Coffee Shop and car park go back into helping us to continue our...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

myself and my family count ourselves very lucky to have this beautiful woodland on our doorstep! great for walking the dogs. plenty of different paths to follow but we always tend to stick with the river as the dogs are in and out of the...More

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

Thank you for your lovely review, Gary. We are glad you enjoy your visits to us. We do ask that dogs (and people) stay out of the water both for their own safety and to help preserve the wildlife. Thank you.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It has been 28+ degrees so we were struggling to find places to take our dog for a walk but also stay reasonably sheltered from the sun. This was perfect, the trees provided plenty of shade and the woods are very beautiful. Lots of little...More

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

Thank you very much for your kind review, Lauren. I am glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Swansea locals but visited the woods today for the first time. Sadly we were pushed for time but do plan to revisit. It's a truly magnificent place but awkward to get to if you don't drive. There are buses that go close by and if...More

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

Thank you for your nice review, Tracy. I am glad you enjoyed your visit. Penllergare Valley Woods are being restored by a small charity, The Penllergare Trust. Most of the staff in our Coffee Shop are volunteers, and the proceeds from there and our car...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Such a lovely gem on the edge of Swansea. Easy walks for all the family though can be muddy in places after the rain. There is a sweet tea room run by volunteers so good to pop in and support them. Of course there are...More

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

Thank you for your kind review, Gillian. We are glad you enjoyed your visit but sorry to hear that it was spoiled a bit by the rubbish. We do have regular volunteer litter collectors, and we also run public litter picks during the schools holidays...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The scenery here is exquisite it’s so beautiful and rustic and peaceful here lovely place to go for a romantic walk or to take you dogs for a walk there are may roots to take only thing is to be wary about pay to park...More

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

Thank you for your kind review, Rhannon. We are glad you enjoyed your visit to Penllergare. Did you know that all the proceeds from our car park and Coffee Shop go back into helping us to continue our care and restoration of the woods?

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stunning woods which have had a lot of investment recently in order to restore them, excellent pathways developed which means you can take as long as you like to explore these woods. Beautiful little waterfall to see also and all within a minute of Junction...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. I am glad you enjoyed your visit to Penlergare and we look forward to seeing you again soon. The woods are managed by a small charity and most of the work here is done by our dedicated team of...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This amazing place is most definitely the place to visit. Surrounded in history of the 19th Century when John Dillwyn Llewelyn owned, what was termed, as 'The Big House', although the house is no longer there, the landscape has been bought back to it's former...More

Thank jac6757
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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. Did you know that all the proceeds from our car park and Coffee Shop go back into helping us to continue our care and restoration of the woods and gardens? We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Rebecca 281275
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Response from Penllergare | Property representative |
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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