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View of Crosskeys
View of Crosskeys
Location of Crosskeys within Caerphilly County Borough
Location of Crosskeys within Caerphilly County Borough
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country Wales
Region South Wales
Ceremonial county Gwent
Principal area Caerphilly
 • Type Community Council
 • Total 2.21 sq mi (5.73 km2)
Population (2011)
 • Total 3,265
 • Density 1,475.8/sq mi (569.81/km2)
Postcode district NP11
Area code(s) 01495

Crosskeys is a small village and community in Caerphilly county borough in Wales.


Crosskeys is seven miles north west of Newport, just past Risca off the A467 road. Located near to the confluence of the Ebbw River and the Sirhowy River, it was originally called Pont-y-cymer[citation needed]. The name 'Crosskeys' is taken from the name of the local hotel.[1]

History and amenities[edit]

Crosskeys is a South Wales Valleys community, within the historic boundaries of Monmouthshire, once part of the coal mining community of the South Wales coalfield, now a quiet area complete with a residents' society. It has a large park in the lower part and listed buildings in neighbouring Pontywaun, which is normally considered as part of Crosskeys.

Many of the secondary school pupils attend nearby Cwmcarn High School. It is also home to Coleg Gwent's Crosskeys Campus.

Additionally, it has a local rugby union team, Cross Keys RFC, and consequently many different age-banded teams such as youth and mini rugby.

Crosskeys is close to the Cwmcarn Forest Drive which has extensive mountain-biking trails. There is a large local park toward the lower part of the village. The park is home to the local cricket club, again with age-banded youth teams as well as the men's team. There is also a park and a multiple-sports facility.

Sirhowy Valley Country Park is also easily accessible from Crosskeys. It is a base for walking or cycling with access to Flatwoods Meadows Local Nature Reserve. There is also mountain bike trails, a traditional working hill farm that is open to school visits and a small farm trail. Nearby Craig Coch is an ancient mixed woodland.

Due to the re-opening of the Ebbw Valley Railway, Cross Keys railway station was one of six stations opened on the line in February 2008.

Melbourne connection[edit]

A pub / hotel in suburban Melbourne, Australia was named after the South Wales village. It is rumoured among pub locals that the original owner was from Crosskeys.


  1. ^ The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales page 178, John Davies, Nigel Jenkins, Menna Baines and Peredur Lynch (2008) ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6

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