Rhiwfawr is a hamlet of 40 houses in the Swansea Valley, in Neath Port
Talbot county borough, Wales.
Most of the hamlet is high upon a ridge overlooking Cwmtwrch
and most of the houses are over 900 feet
above sea level
. The majority of the
houses date from the 1930s and were built by the local authority,
then Glamorgan, now Neath Port
Talbot council to house coal miners
for a local colliery that has since been
closed and returned to countryside.
The village has been
described as "a giant family".
The hamlet has a primary school
community or village hall
, and a small
. The road is now used to get to Cwmllynfell or the Gwrhyd mountain which
leads to Rhyd-y-fro on the outskirts of
Rhiwfawr is home to many Welsh
-speakers, mainly due to the Welsh-speaking school in
its heart - Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Draddodiadol Rhiwfawr (English:
Rhiwfawr Traditional Welsh Primary School). The school is attended
by 30 - 40 children. The school employs up to thirteen teachers.
The headmistress is Mrs. Ann Phillips. The school celebrated its
centenary in 2006.
The village also houses a garage and a sweet shop.
track can be found alongside a wide,
grassy rugby union
field and a small
. There is a a scenic walkway in a field
behind the park.
Overlooking the village is the Gwrhyd, which
are picturesque mountains housing a road leading as far as Pontardawe.