Most sites completely shut their doors when a restoration project is taking place. Here at Penllergare Valley Woods we want everyone to share the experience and get involved in any way that they can/want to. With physical works taking place on a daily basis, please be careful and follow our Walker’s Code to ensure your visit is a safe and enjoyable one.
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 is open daily (including weekends) from 8am-6pm.
Parking: The new car park is now open daily (including weekends) from 8am – 6pm.
Up to 1 hour – 20p
Up to 4 hours – £2.00
Over 4 hours – £5.00
All car park donations go to the future maintenance of Valley Woods.
Public Transport: Service 141 stops at the Council Offices or Lezzets Café by request. Service P1 and Service X13 stop at Tesco Fforestfach or Parc Penllergaer. 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 sweet items 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.
Health & Safety/Walker’s Code: To enable you to enjoy the scenery and wildlife in Penllergare Valley Woods and to help us look after the place, please remember:
- wear sturdy footwear
- be aware of uneven and slippery surfaces
- take care near water and steep drops
- protect wildlife, plants, trees and structures
- not to camp or light fires without permission from the Trust
- not to bring cars, bikes or quads into the woods
- keep dogs under control – use bins provided
- take litter home with you
Weather Warning: Due to the nature of the site, it’s advisable not to walk in the woods when there are strong winds, extreme heavy rainfall or any other severe weather warnings.
Please note: A restoration project is currently underway. Volunteers, staff and contractors are working intensively in the north end of the valley. We will endeavour to keep all paths open and work sensitively in order to minimise disruption to people and wildlife as much as possible. We do apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused. As for the rest of the woods, these areas will be managed more or less as they are present. We are particularly keen to retain that “edge of wilderness’ feeling that’s so special today.
Contact Us & Directions
Visitor Centre and Car Park Location: Penllergare Valley Woods, Penllergaer, Swansea, SA4 9GS
Office/Postal Address: Room 101A, City and County of Swansea Council Offices, Penllergaer, Swansea, SA4 9GJ
Telephone: 01792 344224
How to Find Us:
Where can I find the Woodland Centre (education/meeting room)?
The Woodland Centre can be found just within the entrance to Valley Woods on the A48 between Junction 47 of the M4 and Llangyfelach. The entrance is between the turning to the Penllergaer Council Offices and Lezzets Cafe/the layby on the A48. Cars can only park within this entrance when a volunteering session, organised event or visit is taking place. Otherwise, you will need to park at the visitor centre car park, in the lay by or the Council Offices Car Park. Please see the Visit Us page for further information about parking and public transport.