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Living in Treharris: the local area guide
At only around 30-40 minutes from Cardiff, the calm, natural setting of Treharris is something of an oasis for those looking to work in the city, yet also enjoy rural living.
Treharris is one of a handful of small yet charming towns in Wales’ Taff Bargoed Valley. It’s a former mining town, with rock climbing and football both popular sports. Nature trails and walking are just as popular, particularly with Breacon Beacons National Park’s acres of sprawling nature less than an hour away. The town was founded around the Deep Navigation Colliery, which started mining operations around 1878. The village takes its name from F.W. Harris, who owned the Harris Navigation Steam Coal Company.
Treharris’ local residents are primarily Welsh and in their 30s, 40s, 50s and mid-sixties. The last population count in 2011 cited 6,356 people, and it’s most common for locals to own a 3-bedroom house, bungalow or terraced house with a mortgage; though some do own their properties outright.
There are a similar amount of people working full time as there are enjoying their retirement. Those still focusing on their careers are doing so within the wholesale and retail trades, or in automotive repairs, health and social work, and manufacturing.
Car is the mode of transport of choice for locals, with the majority of households owning a car or a van – it’s generally considered the preferred choice for commuting.
For families that prefer to educate their children at independent organisations, central Cardiff and Newport are the best options. However, there are two closer-to-home and highly rated schools; Craig Y Parc School in Pentyrch and The Hollies in Gilfach Goch are within easy reach of Treharris.
High scoring state-run schools are plentiful in and around Treharris. Some of the best include Ysgol Gymraeg Rhyd-Y-Grug in nearby Merthyr Vale and Ysgol Gymraeg Abercynon in Abercynon. Both schools are only about 10 minutes away.
Quality secondary state-schools are also easily accessible. Ysgol Gyfun Cwn Rhymni, Cardinal Newman Roman Catholic school, and Ysgol Gyfun Cymer Rhondda are all within a 12-20-minute drive from Treharris.
Locals tend to drive and use their car as their primary mode of transport for work and social gatherings. The A470 runs all the way from Llanidloes, vertically past Treharris and on to Pontypridd and Cardiff so it’s easy to get around.
Quakers Yard train station is only 2 minutes from Treharris and Arriva Trains run services across the country – you can easily get to Cardiff Central in about 45 minutes. Local buses are plentiful too, with Harris, Doug James and Stagecoach Wales running regular routes to all the nearby towns.
If travelling further afield, be it for business or pleasure, it’s always useful to know which airports are closest. Cardiff is 27 miles from Treharris and takes roughly 42 minutes to reach. Bristol is also another option, though it’s considerably further at about 59 miles from Treharris.
Amenities and shopping
Climbing and caving are popular past times in the area with local facilities at Trelewis Drift, a former mine, and Merthyr Tydfil’s adventure centre, just 10 miles from Treharris.
There’s culture on hand too, with Llancaiach Fawr Manor, a 16th century Tudor house local to Treharris. Wander around its grounds, encounter the staff in of-the-time dress, and stop off for refreshments in the café or restaurant
When it comes to shopping, Treharris town centre has everything you need and more. You’ll find coffee shops and bakeries and of course, all of the vital services from chemists to banks, butchers to beauty salons, and a local post office.
For shopping on a larger scale, Cardiff is only about half an hour away. Its three shopping centres and city centre has a wealth of well-known high street shops, department stores and plenty of cosmopolitan restaurants.
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