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Living in Pontyates: The Local Area Guide

The scenic village of Pontyates is situated in the Gwendraeth Valley of West Wales. The village sits halfway between Carmarthen and Llanelli in Carmarthenshire, providing lush views of the surrounding valleys. Pontyates has a history as a mining village, the old railway track, which was once used for mining purposes is now frequently used as a scenic walking trail.

Located close to the market and shops that nearby Carmarthen has to offer, visitors will never feel isolated from all their retail and socialising requirements, but can properly immerse themselves in village life too.


The 2011 Census for Pontyates is gathered from the surrounding areas within Carmarthenshire. The mean age of the Carmarthenshire population is 42.3 and the median age is 44.

Around a quarter of the Carmarthenshire population are aged 60 and over. The quaint and laidback nature of the village makes for a popular choice for both raising a family and settling down for retirement. With crime levels in the area being considerably lower than those of the national average, residents feel the village is a safe environment to live in.

The majority of the homes in the area are owner occupied, either owned outright or with a mortgage. Of the entire Carmarthenshire region, 30% of the residents have a mortgage and 41.4% own their home outright.

The school performance in Carmarthenshire is exceptional and higher than national average with regards to those achieving over 2 A-Level passes.

Sources: 2011 Census: Department for Work and Pensions


The local primary schools are Pontiets C.P. School and Gwynfryn Primary School. The Welsh equivalent of Ofsted, Estyn, awarded Gwynfryn Primary School with an overall rating of ‘Adequate,’ however they also recognised some aspects of ‘Good’ standards. The school aims to create a community of enthusiastic learners in which children can feel confident to develop skills, knowledge and understanding. The strong ethos of the school helps the students to become active and respectful members of both their small community and the wider society.

Pontiets C.P. School has 49 students enrolled. In their latest inspection by Estyn, the school received Grade 2 across most categories. Grade 2 is the equivalent of a ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted and denotes good features with no important shortcomings.

The closest secondary schools are Glan-Y-Mor Comprehensive School and Ysgol Gyfun Y Strade Secondary School. These schools are roughly 5 miles away from the village so children will need to be dropped off by car or arrangements will need to be made with the school providers.


The residents prefer to travel around via car as public transport in the village is not well developed. Kidwelly station is the nearest trains station and it is almost 5 miles away. There is a bus service providing transportation for children travelling into schools within the neighbouring towns.

Amenities and Shopping

The village itself boasts a selection of warm and homely public houses. There is also a fish and chip shop favoured by the locals. Residents benefit from a local garage, a post office, and a fire and rescue station, which are all located in the area. The village is also home to a GP Practice, which is located on the main road.

Pontyates Miners’ Welfare Hall offers a venue for conferences, parties, weddings and concerts. The smaller rooms in the hall are often used for local meetings and there are more than 20 local organisations using the space on a regular basis.

For a wider variety of shops and services, you can visit the county town of Carmarthen. The town claims to be the oldest town in Wales, so as you can expect it features several historic landmarks such as Carmarthen Castle and Picton’s Monument. For your retail needs, Carmethen has a recently developed shopping centre which is equipped with a department store, several restaurants and a cinema.

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

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