Programme June 2013

Sunday 2nd Monnow Valley Walk •• – A moderate circular walk of about 8 miles in the lovely Monnow valley, straddling the border of Wales and England. Starting from Skenfrith and its ancient castle the walk goes south on the English side of the River Monnow to Tregate Bridge and the site of another ancient castle. Across the bridge into Wales the walk returns via the old lanes of St Maughans to the hill overlooking Skenfrith with great views. A possible pub stop at Bell Inn, Skenfrith at finish, or teas courtesy of Gardens Open Day and a chance to view the Castle and the ancient St Bridget’s Church. BPL. Leave Chapter at 9.30am. Contact Brian on 029 20494645 or 07974 952176.

Thursday 6th Pizza Night – Join Katherine for a meal at Pizza Express in Cardiff. Meet 7.15pm at the Yard for a drinks first or 8pm at the restaurant. Contact Katherine on 029 20881572 by 30th May to book your place.

Sunday 9th Piercefield Walk, Chepstow •• – It is a moderate and fairly flat walk with a couple of short steep sections. Has some cliffs / drops as it follows the river gorge. It has a historical flavour as it was the Victorian picturesque Wye river walk. Possible tea stop at the end. BPL. Leave at Chapter at 9.30am. Contact Helen on 01600 860355 for details.

Sunday 9th Small Cog Walk • – A 6 mile walk around Afan Forest Park, meet at the Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike and Visitor Centre. A grand introduction to this splended forest. The walk begins along a secluded tributary of the Afon Afan, breaking from trees onto higher moorland it skirts the dramatic upper flanks of Foel Trawsnant. For those wishing to camp the night before there are excellent camping facilities at the Glyncorrwg campsite. bookings can be made by those who wish to camp the night before. Please contact Sheena Carlisle on 07504229058 for further details. Website –

Tuesday 11th Cardiff School of Art and Design Exhibition Show. A guided tour of the degree show at Cardiff School of Art and Design led by Clive. Meet 6.15 p.m. for a pre-show drink in A Shot in the Dark, City Road or meet at the art school reception, Howard Gardens, at 7.00 p.m. for the start of the tour. Post-show curry at Kismet, City Road, around 8.30pm-9p.m. Parking available in the Howard Gardens university car park, but if you’re staying for the curry, you are better advised to park in one of the residential streets off City Road. Contact Clive on 07910 820 345 to book your place for the Curry.

Friday 14th Evening Walk • – 3 mile walk up to the Ridgeway, with lovely views across Cardiff. Meet at 6.15pm at the Ty Mawr Pub, Lisvane. Contact Jane & John on 029 2075 9980 for details.

Friday 14th – Sunday 16th – Camping Weekend in the Gower – Join Lawrence at Llanmadoc, Gower for 2 nights. This is a delightful small site virtually on the beach and features a small cafe. There is a pub in Llanmadoc a mile from the campsite. Saturday – There will be a circular 9 mile walk to Worm Head via the coastal path. Sunday – A short walk before returning home. If interested contact Lawrence on 029 20733012 for more details.

Sunday 16th Dare Country Park Walk •• – A 9 mile circuit of the Luest Wen Reservoir, through the valley and up onto the heath. Return following the Coed Morgannwg way. BPL. Leave at Chapter at 9.30am. Contact Patrick by e-mail for details

Sunday 16th Smaller Cog Walk – Dare Valley Country Park, Aberdare. Join Phil and Gill for a 2 mile walk with play areas for the children to enjoy and cafes. A slower walk aimed at families with young children, buggy friendly. Contact Gill & Phil on 029 20757663 or 07519 233490 and by e-mail All members welcome.

Friday 21st Summer Solstice Walk •• – COG’s annual midsummer pilgrimage up Pen-y-Fan, a chance to see the sun set from the highest point in South Wales. Meet at Taffs Well station car park 6.15pm. Contact Jane O on 07539 339896 or by e- mail

Tuesday 25th Pub night at the Y Mochyn Du, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff – Meet Bob for a drink and a chat from 8pm onwards. Contact Bob N on 029 20575229

Friday 28th – Sunday 30th – Exmoor Backpack •••• – Up to 18 miles a day, probably between Porlock and Lynton, taking in Dunkery Beacon and other bits of moorland, and a day along the coast path with views across to South Wales Contact Steve B by e-mail before Wednesday 26th June.

Saturday 29th Raven Walk – Caerphilly •• – A 12 mile walk- while we’re looking out for the Ravens, we’ll also be taking in some stunning views and a stop for coffee at the Cwmcarn Visitor Centre. Catch the 9.35am from Cardiff Central or meet at Cross Keys station at 10.05 (train times tbc nearer the date). Contact Jane O on 07539 339896 or by e-mail (Public transport walk)

Sunday 30th St Briavel to Hewelsfield Walk •• – A 8.5 mile circular walk from St Briavels. The route descends to the River Wye and continues along a section of Offa’s Dyke path before climbing to Hewelsfield. An enclosed path leads back to St Briavels. As well as extensive views there is considerable historic interest: St Briavels castle and some fine medieval churches. Leave at Chapter at 9.30am. Contact Amy on 07765 250198 for details.

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