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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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12th December 2014 0
Terraces

Terrace Gardens

In the 19th century the steps through the Terrace Gardens would have been the main route from the Big House to the Upper Lake. In 2000 the area was overgrown with rhododendron and cherry laurel. Our woodland volunteers have been clearing the undergrowth, recreating historic paths and opening up historic views. A stonemason and his…
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12th December 2014 0

Community Coffee Shop and Car Park

Opened in September 2013, our community-run coffee shop is run by over 40 local volunteers. Pop in for a chat, “proper coffee”, some delicious homemade cakes, scones and sandwiches as well as a biscuit for our canine friends! All profits go to the future maintanance and restoration of Penllergare.


11th December 2014 0
Water Vole

Rare water vole found at Lower Lake

Exciting news – a water vole has been spotted and photographed at Lower Lake proving the importance of Penllergare as a green corridor for a diverse range of wildlife. According to the Wildlife Trust, the water vole is Britain’s fastest declining wild mammal and has disappeared from many parts of the country where it was…
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10th December 2014 0

Further development threats to Penllergare

PRESS RELEASE. The sale of the Council’s Penllergaer Civic Centre, including the site of the former Penllergare estate house is a reminder of the ongoing threat from development to Penllergare Valley Woods. Damage has already been done to Penllergare Valley Woods through adjacent developments and this latest sale of development land by the main entrance…
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