Darran Valley

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Darran Valley
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Parc Cwm Darran
Darran Valley is located in Caerphilly
Darran Valley
Darran Valley
Darran Valley shown within Caerphilly
Population 2,545 (2001)
OS grid reference SO112032
  • Darran Valley
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BARGOED
Postcode district CF81
Dialling code 01443
Police Gwent
Fire South Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
51°43′13″N 3°17′13″W / 51.7204°N 3.2869°W / 51.7204; -3.2869Coordinates: 51°43′13″N 3°17′13″W / 51.7204°N 3.2869°W / 51.7204; -3.2869

Darran Valley (Welsh: Cwm Darran) is a community in the County Borough of Caerphilly, Wales. The Darran Valley consists of the valley of the Bargod Rhymni and contains the villages of Deri, Pentwyn and Fochriw. These settlements grew around the Industrial Age to serve the collieries of Fochriw, Pencarreg and Groesfaen. As of 2001, the community had a recorded population of 2,545.[1]


The Groesfaen Colliery, which at 2,160 feet (660 m) was the deepest in the Darran Valley, opened around 1902.[2] It was nationalised in 1947 and closed in 1968.[3]