Penllergare Valley Woods
A restoration project to develop a great community resource
Penllergare Valley Woods is a beautiful former parkland and gardens, created by John Dillwyn Llewelyn, the famous local horticulturalist and pioneering photographer, as part of his private estate. The 100 hectare, Grade II registered landscape includes a rich variety of trees, shrubs and exotic plants, two lakes and a waterfall.
Today, it is a recreational green space in the surrounding urbanisation and managed by the Penllergare Trust, an independent charity. With community engagement and sustainability at its heart the Trust is leading the restoration of the site, protecting and enhancing the diversity of wildlife while providing for free and quiet enjoyment by local people and visitors.
A grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s ‘Parks for People’ programme will enable the Trust to offer a range of activities, including regular tours of the Woods, as well as training and volunteering opportunities.
There is free access for walkers but slopes, uneven ground and sudden drops require care and limit access for wheelchairs. A self-guide leaflet for the way-marked trails and an e-guide on the historic features are available on the website.
Visiting schools and community groups should contact the Penllergare Trust in advance to arrange a visit. There is a classroom with toilet facilities available for school groups who book onto the ‘Wild for Woods’ programme.
There are volunteer opportunities with this Trail project.
Location: Valley Woods lies between Cadle and the A48 with main entrances from the Penllergaer Council office car park, or near the Pitstop Café, both off the A48, at Parc Penllergaer off the A483, or via Cadle Mill, off Pentregethin Road. Bus routes include X13 (Tesco Fforestfach and Parc Penllergaer) and 141 (Penllergaer Council Offices).
Main Contact: Jennie Eyers
Telephone: 01558 650416