The restoration and regeneration of Penllergare Valley Woods depends on a thorough understanding of the significance of:

  • Its landscape and ecology – how they evolved and were manipulated
  • the people who lived, worked and played there, and
  • their records, memories and associations with the place.

This understanding involves ongoing archival study, field work and evaluation of:

  • private and published records
  • a unique collection of contemporary photography
  • oral recollections and consultations, and
  • archaeological, structural and ecological surveys.

Most of the Trust’s research and surveys are deposited for free public reference at the West Glamorgan Archive Service in the Civic Centre, Swansea: for further information telephone 01792 636589, or email

The section following is a selection of imagery and descriptions of significant features in the Penllergare landscape and is also intended to be accessible by visitors to Valley Woods with internet connection.

Comments, suggestions or enquiries are always welcome: telephone 01558 650416, or email

Interactive Maps

Click on the tabs below to select which version of the map you wish to view. You can navigate around the map using the arrows and zoom buttons below the map or click on the map to zoom and click and drag to move around the map. Points of interest are shown by the red dots. You can hover over the dots for a short description. Click on the dots to view a fuller description and/or photos which open in a new window.

The dots represent the position of the photographer or artist and not the position of the objects shown.

Historic Images

Modern Photos