A hidden Swansea Gem. Penllergare Valley Woods. Spring 2014

Penllergare Waterfall

I always thought that the woods in Penllergaer were an untapped asset, we used to use them as a ‘Walking the Way 2 Health’ walk for City & County of Swansea employees based in the adjoining offices.  Now those woods have taken on a life of their own. Reverting to the traditional spelling Penllergare Valley Woods is a ‘One Historic Garden’ project managed by volunteers.  You can read their blog here.

Waterfall Molly

I visited the woods just after New Year and i was very impressed with the improvements that had been done in the valley and how the paths had been opened up.  This is a great all weather walking venue (if you have your boots on).

Molly River

The volunteers are doing a great job restoring the Victorian features of the wood and there are some great paths to explore along rivers and lakes.  Molly brought her friend Eddie along to jump in the river.

Molly & Eddie

In the center of the park are some spectacular waterfalls which really caught Molly’s eye! A hydro-generation energy project has also been installed to produce renewable energy as part of the scheme.

Molly's Waterfall

It is a paradise for dogs. It is a great walking venue for a short walk to take in some quality green space. The restoration comes with a new car park for a small pay & display charge, and the paths are very accessible from there.


Molly hadn’t seen a waterfall before, it was a lot different from the waves she is used to at the beach.

Top of the waterfall

It didn’t take her long to get stranded on a rock in the river (#AdventuresOFMolly).

Molly Island

The Penllergare Valley Woods are so near us and so easy to get to we will definitely be coming back regularly, and I look forward to seeing how the project develops.

Molly DimExcuses

It is very easy to drive to being just off Junction 47 of the M4 by the Council Offices. And most importantly they have a great new Cafe staffed by volunteers and full of cake!

Penllergare Valley Woods Cafe

So you now have no excuse not to visit for a walk, DimExcuses.