Penllergare Valley Woods
Penllergare Valley Woods
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Forests
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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  • Vincent L
    Swansea, United Kingdom1 contribution
    Penllergar wood's a place to chill out.
    My favourite part of the woods is the river and the two lakes, the variety of wildlife, buzzards, kingfishers, goldcrests, dipper's The list is endless.i walked penllergar wood's back in the 70s it was really wild back then,it's just my opinion but it's a bit to manicured now.But it's still a wonderful place with a lot of history.I would recommend this place to anyone.for people that are disabled it could be a challenge.
    Visited May 2020
    Traveled solo
    Written April 23, 2021
  • Elsie
    Swansea, United Kingdom15 contributions
    A magical place
    A lovely walk with friends, families and dogs. Entrance is free just parking fee of £2 for all day. On the northern fringe of the city of Swansea, and within sight of the M4 motorway, lies 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 overgrown but still discernable remnants of an important historic picturesque 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. We had so much fun. Children has enjoyed the waterfalls.
    Visited August 2020
    Traveled with family
    Written August 9, 2020
  • Janet R
    Burgess Hill, United Kingdom208 contributions
    A little hidden gem
    Stopped here on our way down to Gower, really easy to find, very cheap parking (£2 for the day). Great for dogs as they can be off lead once through the garden. Good variety of distances you can walk which lead back to the lovely cafe all run by volunteers. There is a very good selection of cake and lovely coffee. Never seemed very crowded, we ended up going 3 times it was so good. Definitely a place to visit.
    Visited July 2021
    Written July 15, 2021
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John A
Brentwood, UK394 contributions
Jul 2023
A great place to explore with good walks down the valley. At times the environment seemed a bit unchanging but then you would get to a new area with new scenery.
The downside was that the way markers for the walks seemed to have gone missing and we struggled to follow the green route - probably walking an extra half mile because we missed the (unmarked) turning.
The community run cafe was great with friendly staff, some of the best large coffees we have had and some gorgeous chocolate and salted caramel muffins.
When the building work is finished this will be an even better location.
Written July 17, 2023
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Margo
Vilnius, Lithuania24 contributions
Mar 2023 • Friends
Very beautiful and relaxing breakaway from the city. Located only a quick drive from Swansea it’s a great little spot to unwind and spend some time in the nature. Thank you to the amazing guides who definitely made the experience even better!
Written March 25, 2023
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Barry E
Worcester, UK43 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
Beautiful place, could easily spend all day exploring here. Very convenient to the M4 and £2 for parking makes it an extremely reasonable day out. Varied habitats, well maintained, decent cafe.
Written April 17, 2022
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Bernard
North London53 contributions
Aug 2020
Easy to forget the distance when surrounded by the peace and tranquility of this location. If you have small kids it's deffo "Gruffalo" contry ! A good place to walk a dog (we didn't have one !). The small waterfall is worthy of a photo or two. The cafe at the end is well worth it for a cool drink and (surprisingly) reasonably priced. Would recommend decent footwear only to give your tootsies some comfort !! Definitely would return. Well done to all who work and manage Penllergare Valley Woods.
Written August 13, 2020
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Dave M
9 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Such a hidden gem!
Stopped off on way home from a holiday in pembrokeshire to let our dog have a walk. Amazing it's a couple of minutes away from motorway.
Reasonable car parking, only £2
Had a lovely walk, wish we lived nearer as loads to explore. Was very peaceful, beautiful scenery and lots of shade too.
Nice little cafe too and toilets
A wonderful place
Written August 12, 2022
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Maria B
10 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Wanted to explore the area with granddaughter. Love walking, taking photos, finding waterfalls are a bonus. Long walk round, beautiful trees, lake, stream, seeing nature at its best. Tranquility.
Recommend.
Written August 20, 2021
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Stoke P
21 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Pleasant little spot, with walks through woodland paths, alongside a river, and a small waterfall. The is a cafe there, which is adequate if not outstanding. No entrance fee, but you pat for the car park. Will happily go back there
Written February 11, 2020
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Thank you for your review, Simon. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. We are a small charity and our Coffee Shop is mainly staffed by volunteers to help us to raise funds to continue our care of the woods and gardens. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Written February 13, 2020
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Annmarie
Arlington, VA372 contributions
Dec 2021
We were limited on time, so we bought some coffee and tea and went for a short walk. The woods are beautiful! Although we didn't take the path down to the waterfall, we could hear the rushing water which was lovely. I probably would have spent the whole day there if I had the time!

Parking: very easy pay and display right there
Written January 9, 2022
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Gardengel-IoW
West Sussex, UK697 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Better if nice day (raining when we stopped) but we only stopped to stretch our legs and do the 20 minute walk to the waterfall.
Could spend much longer. Its free too- pay for car park.
Some work going on to building but walking area fine.
Even saw a kingfisher, very lucky spot.
Written July 28, 2023
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Louise D
Cardiff, UK28 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Great place to visit with friends, family or just on your own for a stroll. It s been beautifully renovated and the cafe is fab. A lovely place to go for a walk or a picnic and is really accessible from the motorway. Highly recommend.
Written June 27, 2021
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