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The local area guide to living in Hengoed

Hengoed is a relatively large village in the county borough of Caerphilly, South Wales. It sits in the picturesque Rhymney Valley, opposite the village of Maesycwmmer. The village’s name, which literally means ‘old wood’, comes from Hengoed Hall, a large historic house nearby.

Hengoed is quiet, and beautifully rural, but extremely convenient – just 15 miles from Cardiff. It features a magnificent 16 arch, 260m viaduct, spanning the distance across the Rhymney Valley between Hengoed and Maesycwmmer. The Newport, Abergavenney and Hereford Railway built the viaduct in the mid 19th century, using the services of their engineer Charles Liddel. No trains have crossed it since the mid 1960s, and it is now a part of the Celtic Trail – a web of wonderful cycle routes running through South Wales.

Also within the village is Penallta colliery – a highly important part of the village’s history. In times gone by, it was the major employer for the area – at one point hiring 3,200 from the valley. At this time, it was one of the most advanced collieries in the country, although its decline started in the 1950s after nationalization. It finally closed in 1991, with a brass band leading the last shift of workers as they left.

Information about the local residents

According to the 2011 census, Hengoed has a population of 5,548, of which 2,707 are men and 2,841 are women. The vast majority (97%+) of the residents were born within the United Kingdom, and are White British.

For Caerphilly as a whole, the average age is slightly lower than the rest of Wales at 39.5. The levels of education in the area are relatively low – almost half of the population either have no qualifications, or qualifications equal to GCSEs at grade D or below. That compares to 39% for the rest of Wales. Unemployment is relatively high at 4.6%, which compares to 3.6% for the rest of Wales. Hengoed has significantly fewer households belonging to the Higher or Intermediate managerial, administrative or professional social grades.

However, property ownership levels are high at 70%, slightly above the national average for Wales, and self-reported states of health are generally ‘good’ or ‘very good’.

Hengoed’s community is thriving, feisty and close-knit. They’re sociable and warm; always happy for a conversation with a stranger in the pub. The location means there are often visitors from Cardiff, Bristol and beyond, drawn to the village’s picturesque setting and a great variety of outdoor pursuits.

Nearby schools

Hengoed has its own little primary school, which is a central part of the community and well loved by the locals. It performs well under Ofsted inspections and offers a warm, friendly atmosphere for the children to start their education.

Past the age of 11, Hengoed’s fantastic location means it has plenty of top-quality schools within a few minutes train or bus ride. All types of schools of different approaches and faiths, private and state, are easily accessible.

Getting around

Hengoed has a railway station on the Rhymney line, with trains operated by Arriva Trains. It is exceptionally well serviced for a village station, with 4 departures an hour from Monday to Saturday going south to Cardiff, Caerphilly and Penarth.

There are also very regular buses taking locals to nearby villages and towns and through to Cardiff, so those without cars can easily get about.

The main road for drivers getting out of the village is the A469, which joins the A470 to Cardiff. The drive can take as little as 20 minutes, meaning a very easy commute for any considering looking for work in the capital.

Local shops

Hengoed has good amenities including a newsagent, post office, convenience store, community centre and pubs.

It has a good array of craft and speciality shops within the village, serving most of the community’s needs. For bigger shopping excursions, Cardiff has a huge number of high street brands, fashionable boutiques, and independent stores.


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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.


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