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Penllergare Valley Woods

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Penllergaer | Penllergaer, Swansea SA4 9GS, Wales
+44 1792 344224
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Lovely - I can't believe it took us so long to get there

Took the children here recently during the school summer holidays. I can't believe that when we... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kate D
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Beautiful place for a walk

Had a lovely long walk around here with my partner and dog on a drizzly day. Beautiful place... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2017
sunnysussex87
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Brighton, 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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“coffee shop” (29 reviews)
“lovely walk” (24 reviews)
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Penllergaer | Penllergaer, Swansea SA4 9GS, Wales
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took the children here recently during the school summer holidays. I can't believe that when we only live 15 minutes away that I have never been here before. Easy to find, signposted from the old A48 - if coming off the motorway easier from J47...More

Thank Kate D
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Had a lovely long walk around here with my partner and dog on a drizzly day. Beautiful place, rivers, lakes, waterfall, trees and wildlife. Saw some kind of bird of prey as well as herons and ducks. Really nice cafe at the entrance staffed with...More

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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 to Penllergare. Most of our Coffee Shop 'staff' are volunteers, and all the proceeds from the cafe and car park go back into helping us to restore and maintain the woods for...More

Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

For me the best place to go for a walk in Swansea. Used to come here as a young boy with my mates and go swimming near the waterfall. Now I come with my partner and dogs and I simply love it here. Swansea council...More

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

Thank you for your lovely review Daniel. Penllergare Valley Woods is actually run by The Penllergare Trust, a small local charity and we don't receive any help from the council. Much of the restoration and maintenance of the woods is undertaken by our team of...More

Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

Great place for a stroll or walk the dog etc Absolutely stunning surroundings and a cafe too serving drinks and snacks Give it a try if you're nearby

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

Thank you for your review, Martin. Our Coffee Shop is mainly staffed by volunteers and all the proceeds go towards helping us continue our restoration of the woods.

Reviewed 13 July 2017

We spent a lovely day walking around the estate at Penllegaer woods the falls were in full flood and spectacular.

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

Thank you for your review, Maureen. We are glad you enjoyed your visit to Penllergare Valley Woods and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

We went here for a wintertime walk and were not disappointed. The woods have plenty of walks with various lengths and the coffee shop was a welcome treat on a cold morning too. Great staff, lovely homemade cakes, dog friendly and good choice of drinks....More

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Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Thank you Gregg. I am glad you enjoyed your visit. Most of the Coffee Shop 'staff' are volunteers and all the proceeds go back into helping us to continue our restoration and maintenance of the woods. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 27 June 2017

Lovely views, very pretty, lovely lake and waterfalls. Very photogenic, lovely little cafe after the walks.

Thank Susan S
Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2017

Thank you, Susan. I am glad you enjoyed your visit to Penllergare. The woods are being restored by a small charity, and all the income from our Coffee Shop and car park go back into helping us to continue our work in the woods.

Reviewed 13 June 2017

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

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Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

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 12 June 2017

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

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Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2017

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 29 May 2017 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 13 June 2017

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

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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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