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    The Avenue, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed CF82

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    No chain on this spacious three bedroom detached bungalow which offers lots of further potential. Well positioned in the village centre for all the facilities and enjoys gardens to front & ... read more

    Peter Mulcahy

    Peter Mulcahy

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    Old Parish Road, Hengoed CF82

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    Summary Peter Alan are pleased to offer for sale this lovely plot of land with outline planning consent for a Three bedroom detached Bungalow. Situated in the popular location of Hengoed ... read more

    Peter Alan - Blackwood

    Peter Alan - Blackwood

Living in Hengoed: The local area guide

Hengoed is a pretty, friendly village nestled in the Rhymney Valley, in the Caerphilly County Borough, South Wales. It is relatively large, with a population of 5,548, and is greatly boosted by its convenient links to Cardiff and other major towns. The name Hengoed is thought to come from the large historic house in the village, Hengoed Hall, and it can be literally translated from Welsh into ‘old wood’.

Hengoed’s quite, peaceful atmosphere is attractive to visitors and people looking to the move to the area, and this is only enhanced by the 15-mile distance from Cardiff. One of the main features of the village is the enormous 260m, 16 arch viaduct which used to carry miners by train to and from the collier. It spans the Rhymney valley, between Maesycwmmer across the way and Hengoed, and was originally designed by Charles Liddell under the employment of the Newport, Abergavenny and Hereford Railway. Since the 1960s it has no longer been used for the railway, and it is now part of the beautiful network of cycle routes throughout South Wales.

Another important part of Hengoed’s history is the Penallta colliery. It was a major employer in the village, and surrounding villages, in the first half of the 20th century. In the early 1930s it employed a full 3,200 people, although this steadily declined over the decades and by the mid-1980s the mines were beset with problems. Finally, it closed in 1991, with a brass band playing a bitter-sweet farewell to the last group of workers.


5,548 people live in Hengoed as measured by the 2011 census, up from around 5,000 in 2001. 98% of the population ethnically identified themselves as White British.

The village’s surrounding county, Caerphilly, has a slightly younger average than the rest of Wales at 39.5, and the people overwhelmingly report their state of health as ‘good’ or ‘very good’.

The locals are close-knit, but friendly, and the village’s social life revolves heavily around pubs, and the local amateur sports clubs.


There is a small community primary school within the village, which has received good Ofsted reports and is popular among local families for its welcoming atmosphere and contribution to the community.

Parents can also look to nearby villages and towns for other options, and excellent schools for older children are within easy reach by bus or car.


Hengoed Railway Station offers a fantastic service for the locals. It sits on the Rhymney Line, and has 4 southbound departures every hour from Monday to Saturday. They take passengers to Caerphilly, Cardiff and Penarth quickly and cheaply. The local bus services are also good: regular and reliable.

Drivers will find the A469 their main route out of the village, and it shortly links with the A470 to take drives to Cardiff in around 20-30 minutes.

Amenities and shopping

The area has a strong selection of basic amenities within the village including a newsagent, convenience store, post office and pubs. There are some independent shops within the village, but more ardent shoppers will find themselves drawn to nearby Cardiff, which has huge shopping malls, fashionable boutiques, restaurants, cafes and more.

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

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