Penllergare Valley Woods
On the northern fringe of the city of Swansea, and within sight of the M4 motorway, lies 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 overgrown but still discernable remnants of an important historic picturesque 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.
Opening Hours: Valley Woods is open to the public 24/7. The coffee shop is open daily from 10am-4pm (including weekends). The car park barrier is open daily (including weekends) from 9am-5pm.
Parking: The car park barrier is open daily (including weekends) from 9am – 5pm.
- Up to 1 hour – 50p
- Over 1 hour – £2.00
- Season tickets available - £50 for 12 months.
All car park donations go to the future maintenance of Valley Woods.
Public Transport: Service X13 stop at Tesco Fforestfach, Parc Penllergaer or Penllergaer Roundabout. For up-to-date travel information contact Traveline Cymru at www.traveline-cymru.org.uk or ring 0871 200 22 33
Refreshments: You can enjoy fairtrade tea, speciality tea or coffee (americano, latte, cappuccino etc.) or soft drink at our coffee shop – all served by local volunteers. Delicious homemade cake and a selection of sandwiches, toasties and paninis are also available. Open everyday 10am – 4pm. Outside terrace seats up to 35 people. Limited indoor space/tables available. If you are planning a group walk for 10+ people and intend on stopping back at the coffee shop, it is worth letting us know in advance.
Toilets: Toilets are available at the coffee shop and are open from 10am – 4pm.
Walks: There are 12km of paths. We organise guided tours on a regular basis and we welcome groups and school visits. We also offer illustrated talks offsite. Please see our events programme for further information.
Accessibility: The visitor centre is fully accessible. There is also disabled parking and disabled toilet/baby changing facilities. Access for disabled people, wheelchairs and pushchairs around the estate is limited at present. Please contact us for further information.
Dogs: Allowed as long as they are kept under control and do not disturb wildlife or are a nuisance or hazard to people or other dogs.
- Dog Friendly (we offer free dog treats and use of a water bowl at our Coffee Shop).
- Wi-Fi at Coffee Shop
- Woodland Classroom available to hire
- Opportunities to volunteer with us
- Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2016
- Green Flag Award 2016
For more information and details of our walkers code please visit our website http://www.penllergare.org