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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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Good woodland and lakeside walk.

Excellent walk and good for photography, with small waterfall to view. Also wildlife on lake to watch, and a good cafe on site.

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Wales,UK
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Excellent walk and good for photography, with small waterfall to view. Also wildlife on lake to watch, and a good cafe on site.

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This hidden gem of a place keeps getting better thanks to the work of the friends. The peace and solitude you get from it is priceless. It's going to get more popular but hopefully not commercial?

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

Thank you for your lovely review. Our volunteers work very hard to restore Penllergare and keep the woods clear and accessible for our visitors. More 

Swansea, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Been done beautifully great for families and dogs! Took a picnic and spent the day.... Will be back again soon.

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1 Thank Laura1186424
Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review, Laura. Much of the work here has been done by our team of volunteers. Penllergare is run by a small, local charity, and the income from our car park and coffee shop goes back into helping us to restore and maintain the woods. More 

Swansea, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

lovely walks around the area, ideal for dog walking and general exercise. nice find this was good recomendation

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1 Thank swanseaboy1456
Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this review

Thanks for your nice review. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. The site is run by a small, local charity and most of the work is done by volunteers. All the income from our Coffee Shop and Car Park goes back to The Penllergare Trust, to help us to continue our restoration and maintenance of the woods. More 

Nuneaton
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We go here often walking our two English springer spaniels. Its a great place to visit what ever the weather. Lots of different trails to walk along. Lots of colour in the spring and summer.

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1 Thank David B
Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice review, David. I am glad you enjoy your visits to us. If you haven't tried our Coffee Shop yet, it has lots of tasty treats for people and dogs (and the dog treats are free!). More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

. Beautiful walks. great coffee shop and pleasant staff. Everyone in our group enjoyed. Thank you, see you again soon.

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1 Thank Kay W
Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review, Kay. Our Coffee Shop is mostly staffed by volunteers and all the proceeds go back to the Trust to help us to continue our restoration of the woods. More 

South Wales
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40 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2017

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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Thank Steve_Nelson
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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63 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

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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73 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

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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1 Thank mattriise
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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92 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017 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 

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