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Woodland Car Park and Coffee Shop (2012 – 13)

A small car park with room for 60 cars, disabled spaces and a turning and drop-off area for a mini-bus was constructed in 2012/13, as well as a small two-tiered coffee shop and terrace seating area. Opened in September 2013 and run primarily by volunteers, all profits from both the car park and coffee shop…
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Coffee Shop Assistants

Meet volunteers Les and Doreen Boor

We are Coffee Shop Assistants and organisers of the Friends of Penllergare 100 Club which involves meeting people, fundraising and spreading the word about this magical place. We’ve been involved since the Friends of Penllergare started circa 2007/8. We had enjoyed learning about Penllergare for a few years before – walking privately and listening to…
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River Llan

River Llan

Go on an exploration along the winding River Llan – the natural thread of the designed picturesque landscape of Penllergare. Have an adventure as you trail through bamboo and rhododendron, cross bridges, balance on stepping stones and climb trees while looking for signs of the past. Its 2km twisting course – which loses itself twice…
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Nyddfwch

Nyddfwch

From the late medieval period Nyddfwch was a separate estate. It was absorbed into Penllergare in 1756 on the marriage of Jane Mathews of Nyddfwch to Griffith Price of Penllergare; then it fell into disrepair and later abandoned. The site of the now demolished house lies at the edge of a steep east-facing slope. From…
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Lower Lake from the air

Lower Lake and Cascades

Starting in 1838, John Dillwyn Llewelyn created two lakes and two waterfalls in the valley as part of his grand design. Boating was a popular activity for the family on Lower Lake and the boathouse a favourite picnic location. The footings of the boathouse and the remains of the old dam are still visible –…
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Bluebell Wood

East Bank and Bluebell Wood

Managed by the Forestry Commission for part of the 20th century, today the east bank provides stunning views across the valley as well as woodland trails, rustic bridges and steps through mysterious and hidden places – all recreated and maintained by volunteers and managed by the Penllergare Trust. Take a rest on one of the…
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Waterfall in Autumn

Waterfall and Llewelyn Bridge

The Waterfall, that is now the most iconic feature in Valley Woods, was repaired in 2014. A hydro-turbine was installed nearby on the east side of the river, to generate electricity. In the autumn you may be lucky to see the salmon attempting to jump the falls as they make their way upstream to spawn.…
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Carriage Drive

Carriage Drive

Walk the mile and a half carriage drive from where the old mansion used to be in the north to Cadle Mill – the original entrance to the estate. It was constructed in 1833 at about the time the newly-weds John and Emma Dillwyn Llewelyn set up home at the ‘Big House’. See if you…
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Observatory

Equatorial Observatory

Built by John Dillwyn Llewelyn in 1851/52 and situated towards the side of (the now demolished) Penllergare House, the Observatory is one of the few remaining 19th century structures. It is a monument to the estate’s illustrious past and today is registered as a Scheduled Ancient Monument by Cadw. The family were passionate amateur scientists…
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Upper Lake (Fish Pond)

In 2013/14 the Upper Lake was dredged to return it to its historic shape and to stop it reverting to marshland. The eastern edge is a wildlife conservation area. The west side is a lakeside promenade. A rustic summer-house and boat jetty called ‘the Shanty’ was situated at the northern end of the lake in…
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