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Penllergare Valley Woods

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| Penllergaer, Swansea SA4 9GS, Wales
+44 1792 344224
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Such a lovely gem on the edge of Swansea. Easy walks for all the family though can be muddy in... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
gillian m
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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Peaceful and relaxing

The scenery here is exquisite it’s so beautiful and rustic and peaceful here lovely place to go for... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
jenkinsrhiannonbeth
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Southern Wales, 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. 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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“cakes” (23 reviews)
“lovely walk” (26 reviews)
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| Penllergaer, Swansea SA4 9GS, Wales
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Such a lovely gem on the edge of Swansea. Easy walks for all the family though can be muddy in places after the rain. There is a sweet tea room run by volunteers so good to pop in and support them. Of course there are...More

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Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for your kind review, Gillian. We are glad you enjoyed your visit but sorry to hear that it was spoiled a bit by the rubbish. We do have regular volunteer litter collectors, and we also run public litter picks during the schools holidays...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

The scenery here is exquisite it’s so beautiful and rustic and peaceful here lovely place to go for a romantic walk or to take you dogs for a walk there are may roots to take only thing is to be wary about pay to park...More

Thank jenkinsrhiannonbeth
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Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your kind review, Rhannon. We are glad you enjoyed your visit to Penllergare. Did you know that all the proceeds from our car park and Coffee Shop go back into helping us to continue our care and restoration of the woods?

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Stunning woods which have had a lot of investment recently in order to restore them, excellent pathways developed which means you can take as long as you like to explore these woods. Beautiful little waterfall to see also and all within a minute of Junction...More

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

Thank you for your lovely review. I am glad you enjoyed your visit to Penlergare and we look forward to seeing you again soon. The woods are managed by a small charity and most of the work here is done by our dedicated team of...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

This amazing place is most definitely the place to visit. Surrounded in history of the 19th Century when John Dillwyn Llewelyn owned, what was termed, as 'The Big House', although the house is no longer there, the landscape has been bought back to it's former...More

Thank jac6757
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Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your lovely review. Did you know that all the proceeds from our car park and Coffee Shop go back into helping us to continue our care and restoration of the woods and gardens? We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time visiting today, been a lovely afternoon exploring the woods and having a picnic by the waterfall. Will return in the future for more exploringMore

1  Thank Kath H
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Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your lovely review, Kath. I am glad you enjoyed your visit and are planning to return. Did you know we have a Coffee Shop on site which is mainly staffed by volunteers. All the proceeds from this and our car park go...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice walk and great community work in restoring the grounds.car park is cheap .some areas quite enchanting and waterfall and shallow river makes great play for kids and dogs .

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Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your lovely review. I am glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On my doorstep and been here so many times, so I thought it was about time I reviewed. Recently attended the potting shed sale and while there did one of the long walks and took in delicious home made cake in the café. I wish...More

Thank Private1980
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Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review. I will pass it on to our volunteers so they can see that visitors appreciate all their hard work. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dog sitting for a week so looking for somewhere and stubbled across Valley Woods, great spot with lots of different routes, cafe was dog friendly and was a great spot. We will return!

Thank Rhooseboy
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Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review. Penllergare Valley Woods is run by a small, local charity and all the proceeds from our Coffee Shop and car park go back into helping us to care for the woods and wildlife here.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a great escape from normality,This place is just outstanding,we did visit,when the rhododendrons were in full bloom,The paths are well maintained and there seems to be work going on everywhere to manage the site.The volunteers are very helpful and will explain the best routes.The...More

Thank ollypip
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Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 24 April 2018

Having lived close to the Woods for many years, shamefully it wasn't until last year that I actually visited here. My first visit left me with mixed emotions in that it is an incredible garden providing an escape from the madness of the M4 motorway...More

Thank Byron T
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Penllergare, Front Office Manager at Penllergare Valley Woods, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2018

Thank you very much for your glowing review, Bryon. I am glad you enjoyed your first visit and we hope to see you again soon. We are hoping to begin the restoration of the walled gardens and vinery later this year, as well as building...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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