Programme

Saturday 30th April: Cogan Railway station to Dinas Powys, 8 miles – moderate
Meet at Cogan Train Station (Penarth) at 10am, where parking is available. The walk will then take in sights like a wigwam in Llandough Hospital, some interesting gravestones at Michaelstone le Pit Church and the Salmon Leaps at Dinas Powys. After refreshments at the Star Inn, the return journey will be via train to either Cogan, or straight back to Cardiff.

MAY 2022 PROGRAMME

Wednesday 4th May: Film at Chapter. The film is ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ which starts at 8.10pm. Book your ticket online (Chapter) and meet in the bar at 7 PM.

Friday 6th -Monday 9th May: Freshwater East Weekend. This is now fully booked

Sunday 8th May: Two churches and a castle in the Skenfrith and Garway area – 7.5 miles, moderate. This walk will take us from the fascinating village of Skenfrith along peaceful country lanes where we can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Border Counties before reaching the Church of St Michael at Garway, where we will look a little closer at the mysteries this Templars Church holds.  On our way back to Skenfrith we will stop off at Garway Common to enjoy refreshments in ‘The Moon at Garway’. BPL. Meet up at Chapter to share lifts at 9.30am prompt. Or meet at the carpark outside Skenfrith Castle at 10.45am for an 11am start.

Tuesday 10th May: Lunch at the Toby Carvery, Whitchurch (Mason’s Arms). The address is 21 Ty’n-Y-Parc Rd, Cardiff CF14 6BH. Meet at 12.00 noon. The cost is reasonable, about £9 for a regular plate.

Sunday 15th May: Glangrwyney Valley near Crickhowell – 5 miles, easy. This walk will be in the picturesque Glangrwyney Valley near Crickhowell. Meet in the ‘Pink Van’ lay-by just past Crickhowell Rugby Club (NP8 1EE) for a at 11.30am start (allow 90 mins max travel time from Cardiff). We will do an anti-clockwise circuit, seeing an ancient Chestnut tree and the paper mill responsible for the American Declaration of Independence plus some strange, abandoned cars. Then to a pub for cheesy chips and/or a drink before a small climb and a chance to walk through the Welsh Regiment training area.

Friday 20th May: Day out at Chepstow. Meet at 10.30am in Chepstow Castle car park from where we will follow the history trail around the town and quay. We will then have lunch at one of Chepstow’s hostelries and after lunch, visit Chepstow Castle. Admission to the Castle is £6.60 or for 65+ ages, it is £6.10.

Sunday 22nd May: The ridges, valleys and hills between Lisvane, Caerphilly and Rudry – 8 miles, moderate. This walk will start at 10.30am promptly from Lisvane & Thornhill station Park & Ride car park, Cherry Orchard Rd / Excalibur Drive. It will be a fairly strenuous but moderately paced walk, taking in the ridges, valleys and hills between Lisvane, Caerphilly and Rudry, with views north to the Brecon Beacons, and south over the Severn Estuary towards Exmoor. We will finish with refreshments at the newly refurbished Old Cottage (ETA 3pm). BPL. Grippy walking shoes or boots are essential, plus waterproofs if the weather is wet and trekking poles are recommended. If arriving by public transport, you can catch: Cardiff Bus 27 or 28; NAT bus C8 to Sainsburys (which is 10 mins walk to start); or the train to Lisvane & Thornhill. Parking at the station is restricted to train passengers, but free time-unlimited on-street parking is available nearby.

Thursday May 26th 11.30: walk, followed by lunch. Meet outside ‘Lake Spice’ Indian restaurant on Lake Rd W, CF23 5PG at 11.30am. We will walk around Roath Park then have lunch at Lake Spice at around 12.30pm. Lunch will cost £9.95.

Sunday 29th May: Defynnog’s Delights – 10 miles, moderate. Starting from Defynnog, we will follow an ancient track winding through fields along a broad ridge. Highlights include a hill fort, remote chapel and perhaps the smallest standing stone you have ever seen. On the return leg from Crai, we will walk up to open common land then drop into Defynnog, visiting the church with the oldest tree in Britain in its grounds and a 5th Century Roman tomb stone. Meet at 10.30am at Bull Terrace, Defynnog. To get there, when arriving in Defynnog on the A4215, turn right into Bull Terrace (signed dead end/parking) just before T junction for Swansea/Brecon.

NON-MEMBERS THAT ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING ANY OF THESE WALKS OR SOCIAL EVENTS ARE WELCOME, TO TRY THE GROUP OUT BEFORE JOINING. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION EMAIL:  info@cardiffoutdoorgroup.org.uk

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You may may come on up to three walks before having to to pay membership.

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You can see previous programmes which have been archived here.