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The Local Area Guide to living in Waunarlwydd

Waunarlwydd is a small Welsh village nestled between Fforestfach and Gowerton just outside of Swansea. It's bordered by the railway line to the north of the village and the Craig y Bwldan hill to the south. Today's Waunarlwydd is a bustling Swansea suburb, with an array of shops, public houses, churches, and nursing homes lining its main street. Its churches in particular help the village retain a sense of history, with all three constructed between 1860 and 1875. Residents originally worked the land, but with the Industrial Revolution came a need for workers in the region's coal mines which helped give a boost to the population. Today, residents commute into Swansea or work in the area's numerous retail parks.

There's no shortage of leisure opportunities surrounding Waunarlwydd and the village boasts a strong sense of community with its rugby club and various social organisations for residents. The city attractions of Swansea are within easy reach, as is all the natural beauty and golden beaches of the Gower Peninsula.

Information about the local residents

Waunarlwydd is part of the larger Cockett ward to the northwest of Swansea, which includes the village as well as neighbouring villages Gendros, Fforestfach, Fforesthall, Ravenhill, and Cockett. The total population of this ward is just over 14,000, according to the Office of National Statistics, but Waunarlwydd comprises just a small portion of this and retains its classification as a village. Major employers in the area include Tesco, Parc Fforestfach and Pontarddulais Road Retail Parks, South Wales Police, and Swansea West Business Park. There's a slightly higher proportion of under 16's than in the rest of Swansea and new housing estates have brought in a steady influx of residents to the area in recent years.

Nearby Schools

Waunarlwydd is home to many families and offers two primary schools within the village boundaries. These include Waunarlwydd Primary, which is taught in English and Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Y Login Fach, which is taught in Welsh.

At the secondary level, many Waunarlwydd students travel up the road to Gowerton. The Gowerton School has been designated 'Good' with 'Excellent' prospects by Ofsted. In 2014, 88.4 per cent of students achieved the expected level in core subjects at Key Stage 3 of assessments, which is above the Swansea average of 80.6 per cent. Gowerton is also home to Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr, a Welsh-language secondary school that was recently ranked 'Outstanding' by Ofsted.

Getting Around

The primary road leading in and out of Waunarlwydd is the B4295, which provides access to the M4 via the 47 Swansea West junction. In addition, Waunarlwydd Road meanders from the Cockett Inn pub in Swansea through farmland until it catches up with the B4295. Bus services run through the village, including the 15 or 17 Swansea to Gowerton route or the 400 and 404 Swansea to Llanelli route. All are operated by First Cymru.

Although Waunarlwydd doesn't have its own train station, the West Wales Line runs through the village and there is a nearby station in Gowerton. The main station in Swansea also provides services to many other UK destinations, with regular trains to Cardiff, Bristol and London.

Local Shops

There's a whole host of handy shops and services right in Waunarlwydd, situated along the main B4295 road. This includes a newsagents, a CK Supermarket, florist shop, and multiple bakeries, as well as three public houses, a rugby club and a post office. Gowerton's High Street is just a mile up the road, featuring more specialty shops and independent boutiques. Here you'll find shoe shops, takeaways, homewares purveyors and sporting good suppliers. A large Tesco Extra is also in the area in nearby Cadle.

It's only a 20-minute drive into central Swansea, which includes the Quadrant Shopping Centre for all of your high street brand name retailers. The Swansea Market is located next door to this modern shopping mall, offering local Welsh produce in an attractive glass-topped setting.

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