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Penllergare Valley Woods

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Address: Penllergaer | Penllergaer, Swansea SA4 9GS, Wales
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On the northern fringe of the city of Swansea, and within sight of the M4...

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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Many improvements since my last visit

Took my dogs for a walk here the other day, after not going for many years. Was pleased to see so much good work has been done on the water lake/pond above the small waterfall... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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South Wales
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39 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Took my dogs for a walk here the other day, after not going for many years. Was pleased to see so much good work has been done on the water lake/pond above the small waterfall, many of the footpaths and bridges, and the gardens. I noticed a new fish pass installed alongside the small waterfall, I guess to allow migratory... More 

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Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, Steve. I am glad you enjoyed your visit and were able to see all the work which our volunteers have achieved over the past few years. Our Coffee Shop has a dog-friendly terrace, and free dog treats and water are always available. All the income from our Coffee Shop and car park goes back into... More 

Llanelli, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cant believe we live 10 minutes down the road and have never visited this beautiful place. We walked for 3 hours with the dog and dont think we seen it all. Nice cup of tea in the cafe and dog friendly on the out side tables. Only one small complaint after picking up after the dog we couldnt find any... More 

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Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review Pat. I am glad you both enjoyed your visit to us. It's amazing how many local people don't know we're here! Most of our Coffee Shop 'staff' are volunteers, and all the income goes back into helping us to continue our work in the woods. We have dog poo bins at all our official... More 

Swansea, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We often walk with the dog here, it also has a nice little cafe there. plenty of parking and is very cheap i think it was roughly 50p for 2 hours. there is also limited free parking.

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Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I am glad to hear that you enjoy your visits with your dog. We are a small charity and all the income from the car park and Coffee Shop goes back to the Trust to help us to continue our work in the woods. We do appreciate it if visitors park in our pay and... More 

Waddington, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a number of hours walking around this beautiful place, there is a number of different walks, there are a few slopes, plenty of fantastic views, gorgeous little waterfall...all with a little cafe with a range of cakes, coffee and tea to replace all the calories burnt off while walking. All I could ask is that the scruffy litterlouts that... More 

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Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, Martin. I am glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again. We are running an Easter Litter Pick on Tuesday 18th April at 10am for anyone who would like to come and help us to keep Penllergare clean and tidy. More 

Carmarthenshire, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent a beautiful sun soaked day in this fabulous surroundings nature at its most inspiring & theraputic the jewel in the crown is the wonderful cafe lovely friendly helpful staff who in fact are volunteers so gold stars all round, the pannini's, cake & coffee was the best so a BIG thankyou, we have come home happy & tired. :-)

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Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this review

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

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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

fabulous walk in all season's plenty to see and enjoy don't forget to finish off with visit to the coffee shop it's superb

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Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your lovely review, Andrew. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Swansea, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

How beautiful the woods have become with lots of different walks and plenty of wildlife to see. A loverly cafe to go to before you go home

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2 Thank keran2014
Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, Keran. Our Coffee Shop is mostly run by volunteers and all the income goes towards helping us to continue our work in the woods. More 

Swansea, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

This is a really nice area to spend a few hours walking around in the countryside surrounded by trees, rivers and flowers. Lately ut gas to my mind veen spoilt vy the number of difs running around. Some owners keep them under control but others just let them run and also don't pick up their mess. Long leads should be... More 

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Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I am glad you enjoy your visits to us, but sorry to hear that you have had issues with loose dogs. We ask our dog-walking visitors to keep their dogs under close control at all times - either on a short lead, or with very good recall and staying close to the owner. Unfortunately, not... More 

Swansea, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Just off the M4 at Junction 47 this is a delightful area to walk with flowers, established trees, a lake, an Archimedes screw and a waterfall plus a replica round house. The walk is neither easy or strenuous because there are choices of routes. It's useful to call into the cafe before you start to get the free map which... More 

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Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your lovely review. I am glad you enjoyed your visit to Penllergare and hope to see you again soon. More 

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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

4 adults and 3 dogs went for a walk! The woodlands were lovely and the waterfalls made a calming sound against the trees. We finished with a coffee/ hot chocolate at the cafe which was staffed by a lovely group of ladies. The homemade cakes were delicious too. A perfect oasis not far from the M4 junction so access nice... More 

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Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review, Katherine. Most of the ladies in our Coffee Shop are volunteers, and all the income from there and our car park goes back to The Penllergare Trust to enable us to continue our restoration and maintenance of the woods. More 

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