Child Friendly Waterfall Walk in Penllergare Woods – Map and Route included!

Child Friendly Waterfall Walk in Penllergare Woods – Map and Route included!

Penllergare Woods is a big country park with oodles of routes to choose from that traverse lakes, rivers, bridges, fields and forests. The waterfall walk  we’ve mapped out covers off all of these but is just the right length for little legs to cope with. The added bonus is you get a lovely waterfall plus a gorgeous lakeside picnic spot to enjoy along the way.

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Where: Penllergare, Swansea

Length of Walk: 1 km/0.6 miles

Parking: On site car park which is pay and display. £2 all day. Post code SA4 9GJ. I have been told you can park outside the car park for free.

Pram friendliness: The path mapped isn’t particularly pram friendly so carriers would be advisable. There are a few gates to pass through as well as bridges to cross. You can choose an alternative path which would suit prams. You’ll be able to see these from the map below.
Toilets: There are toilets at the entrance to the park but these are the only ones. A portable potty is always handy!
Cafe: On site serving coffees, milkshakes, ice-creams and cakes.

Waterfall Walk Route

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Start the walk by taking the path to the right hand side of toilets/ cafe.  You’ll see a black signpost with ‘Waterfall’ on it which will give you the direction to follow. The path here follows the side of the valley, giving you lovely views across the lake below. You’ll pass through parts of the forest here. It’s an easy to follow path and continues straight , ignoring some of the paths which drop down to the bottom of the valley until you reach a gate.

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The start of the Walk. The toilets are in the building at the front and the cafe is at the back. You’ll see the pay and display machine there too. Walk to the right of the building and along the path to start the walk.

Once you pass through the gate, you’ll enter a field where you bear to your left to descend. The path will curve down to the bottom of the valley until you meet the river. There are a number of places where you can stop and let the kids have some fun and paddle their toes. There are a number of dogs as it seems a popular spot for dog walkers so just bear that in mind if your little one is wary of them!

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The views along the route
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Once you’ve passed through the gate, you’ll descend through this field

Continue on the pathway until you see a little bridge on your right hand side. You’ll be able to take a little path down to it. The kids loved crossing this a number of times. Once you’ve had some fun there, you can join back to the main path and just a short stroll ahead, you’ll find the main attraction of the waterfall.

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The little bridge to cross

It’s a lovely little waterfall and you can clamber out onto the rocks a little. The kids had great fun having a little paddle and the older children that we had with us had a great time getting to the other side of the river to admire a closer view of the falls via the rocks. It was too much for the small kids, but they were content having fun with the water on the nearside shore.

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The gorgeous waterfall

There isn’t much space to picnic around the waterfall, so we headed back to the path and continued our walk. You’ll see the lake just around the corner from the waterfall. Once you reach the other side of it, you’ll see a big area of grass out by the lake. It seems like the perfect picnic spot. There are no picnic tables but there is a log to sit on should you want to be off the ground. We did bring a picnic blanket with us, so we set up and spent a good hour there whilst the kids played happily. There are no barriers here to stop them wandering into the lake though so be careful!

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Our chosen picnic spot!

When you’re ready to pick up the path again, you’ll hit a T-junction. Take the left hand turn and go straight up the hill. The car park will then be straight in front of you, completing the loop. The cafe makes for a nice place to finish your visit with a lovely terrace that looks over the gardens.

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Views on the way back to the cafe

Hints and Tips

  • Bring a picnic mat as there are not many places to sit along the route.
  • Once you leave the car park, the paths are not signposted. Pick up a map from the coffee shop or take a photo of the one on display on the back of the toilets. If you get stuck along the way, ask a local – there are plenty of dog walkers along the route that were able to direct us as they were out of maps the day we visited.
  • Have a look on the website before hand for any events they have on.
  • Bring a picnic to enjoy along the route

Summary

The views along this walk are amazing. On a lovely day, the opportunity to paddle in the river and by the waterfall is a great one! I asked the kids what they liked about the day. The waterfall and the bridge won hands down – with the ice-cream from the cafe of course!

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For more walks in South Wales – check out

https://havekidswilltraveluk.com/south-wales-local-child-friendly-walks/

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