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“lovely walk”

Penllergare Valley Woods
Ranked #8 of 126 things to do in Swansea
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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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Reviewed November 24, 2013

This woodland valley is very easy to find off junction 47 of the M4. Very easy parking, pay and display where the money goes to the upkeep and restoration of the valley. A lot of work is going on to the silted up lakes to bring them back to original glory, a lot of volunteers doing fantastic work here. Lovely woodland walk even at this time of year, every season would be different, we had a very peaceful stroll. Mention must be made to the newly built coffee shop, its tiny inside but perfectly formed, outside is a balcony with tables and chairs. The ladies who volunteer here are so friendly and knowledgable, they obviously love the valley. The coffee is fabulous and the home made cakes a joy to behold!! Go visit and spend a few pounds to help bring this place back to its former beauty.

Thank ponty2
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

when growing up in penlan area i spent nearly all the summer holidays in the woods,swimming climbing and exploring.Took my fiancee,son and his friend on a boxing day five years ago for a walk there(their first time),a brisk sunny frosty day,came up through cadle mill end and had picnic at the waterfall(The hidden waterfall when were kids)and took some memorable pictures.Then walked up past the old colliery and back.This summer my wife and i walked our dog through the woods came in from the a48 end around five in the afternoon blazing sunny day.We went down as far as the lock, paths are good and great to see all the hard work the trust are doing,we followed the river on the way back and watched trout jumping and people fly fishing.Spent the evening on the internet reading about its history and the dillwyn llewelyn family.great to visit all year round especially after heavy rain to see the waterfall at its powerful best

3  Thank Lindsey B
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

I have been going to these woods since a boy and seen the changes, some for the better some not. It is now easy to walk the path's as they have improved. I very much recommend walking these woods .

1  Thank drummerSwanseaU_k_
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

This truly is a beautiful a no picturesque place. Having lives only 5 miles from here all my life I never realised what was hidden beside the M4. It's my new favourite place to go. Great for walking our dog, interesting for our daughter as well as ourselves. Full of history and nature. If your into your photography this IS the place to be, so many opportunities. A must visit.

2  Thank DizzyKerys
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

I was surprised to see so much nature off such a busy motorway! Paths to follow - history there too. It was a nice walk and would do it again

Thank sharon d
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