Programme

 

Cardiff Outdoor Group has a varied programme of activities, taking advantage of the interests and expertise of our members who lead the events.

You can find full details of walks and events which are coming up below. Non-members are welcome to join us for up to three walks or events before any membership fee becomes payable.

Meeting point for Sunday walks:

The meeting point is outside the main entrance of Chapter, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1QE, unless otherwise stated. We meet at Chapter in order to share cars – this reduces the number of cars trying to park at the start of a walk, and is better for the planet! The normal arrangement is to share the petrol costs per car, so the more passengers, the cheaper the cost will be. The current rate per mile is 24p.

Please note that the time given in the details below is the departure time, not the meeting time.

For safety reasons it is important to make sure you have good footwear and waterproofs. It is the decision of that day’s walk leader about whether you are able to attend if he/she feels there is a risk to health and safety.

 Meeting point for Tuesday activities:

In the autumn and winter, this is at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, unless otherwise stated. Starting points for spring and summer evening walks will be given in the programme details below.

Walk grading

easy   •• moderate   •••  strenuous   ••••  very strenuous

BPL = bring a packed lunch

For more details about the group, contact:                             

David M (Chair) 07736 339013

Brian D (Membership)  029 2049 4645

Fancy organising a walk, a weekend, or an event?     

Please contact the programme organisers below:

Weekend walks:  Josie L

E-mail Josie at:    programmes@cardiffoutdoorgroup.org.uk

If you would like to bring children (under 17) or dogs, please check with the event organiser.

 

 

May programme

4th – 7th May                  Early May Bank holiday weekend at Conwy YHA.

Wednesday 9th             Rhyd y Gwern Woods walk • 3 miles A lovely 3-mile evening walk through woodland paths. See lots of flowers: violets, cowslips, primroses, wood anemones and bluebells through the spring and you may find orchids in the summer. Traces of an industrial past – there were silver, lead and coalmines in this area – hence the uneven landscape. Meet at ‘Llwyn Hir’ Forestry car park (ST205866) between Rudry & Draethen at 6.45pm, later at the Hollybush Inn, Draethen. Contact Katherine T on 029 20881572 or 07811 683118

Sunday 13th                   Cefn Llechid •• 8 miles      An 8-mile walk across track, field and moor to Cefn Llechid in the Brecon Beacons National Park with a coffee stop on a comfy bridge! Great views at the summit where we’ll stop by the ‘lake’ for lunch. Boots will be required, BPL. Moderate/strenuous. Please arrive at Chapter Arts Centre for a 9.15 am departure and car share if required, or meet at Libanus Mountain Centre for 10:30.  Contact Chris 07812 511 736

Wednesday 16th           Chapter Bar Night    Meet in the bar area at Chapter Arts Centre from 7.45pm. Contact Bob on 02920 575229, mobile 07780 701365

Sunday 20th                   Fforest Fawr – Craig yr Allt – Caerphilly Mountain •• 8 miles   Featuring forest, hills and dales plus a tea stop at Caerphilly mountain café. Leave Chapter at 9.30am. BPL. Contact Bob on 02920 575229, mobile 07780 701365.

Wednesday 23rd           Mid-week get together 7pm   Come along for a chat while enjoying a drink and meal at Wetherspoons Gatekeeper. Meet on the middle floor from 7pm. For further details contact Darren on 07867 556501.

Sunday 27th                   Frome Valley, Bristol •• 10 miles    Pass through Stoke Park and Oldbury Court Estates, together with Frenchay and Stapleton villages, and see the remains of an obelisk. Catch 09:13 train from Cardiff Central to Montpelier (on Severn Beach Line). BPL. Train times will be confirmed nearer the date. Contact Jane O on 07539 339896, email j_ormrod@live.co.uk

Wednesday 30th           Cefn On Evening Walk 7-8.30pm   An evening walk through Cefn Onn Park. Meet at the Old Cottage, near Lisvane railway station, at 7pm. For more details contact Katherine on 029 2988 1572.

 June programme

Sunday 3rd June            Devauden and Gaer Hill •• 8 miles   Starting from the village of St Arvans we walk across fields towards Chepstow Park Wood, through this mixed woodland and exit via a sunken track into the village of Devauden. We then follow a mixture of white roads, forest tracks and paths across fields to Gaer Hill where the remains of a hill fort can be found. The views from this hill are exceptional on a clear day. From here it’s a short descent back to St Arvans. After the walk there’s the option of having dinner in the village pub. Meet at Chapter for a 09:30 departure. For more details contact Darren on 07867 556501.

Sunday 10th                   Chairman’s 60th Birthday Walk •• 9 miles Llantwit Major coast walk to celebrate the Chairman’s 60th birthday. Highlights are the castle at St Donats, two working lighthouses, spectacular coastal scenery and a beach near the end. Leave Chapter at 09:30. Contact David M on 07736 3390

Fri 15th– Sun 17th           Lovely Minehead Weekend    During this weekend away at Minehead Youth Hostel I am planning a walk to Porlock Weir and Culbone Woods where we will visit the church of St Beuno’s, said to be the smallest church in England. We may also take a walk to Dunkery Beacon to enjoy views of Bodmin Moor, the Bristol Channel and (if the day is clear) we may even catch a glimpse of Pen-y-Fan. For more details or to reserve a place, email Sian at shanny55girl@gmail.com.

Sat 16th – Sun 17th       One Night Backpack  Leaving Dan yr Ogof campsite on Saturday traversing open moorland to Ystradfellte campsite (8-11 miles) Return to cars at Dan yr Ogof on Sunday. Contact Roger

Tuesday 19th                Llantwit Major Circular  – Evening Circular Walk around Llantwit Major. A 3 mile easy walk from the Town Hall to the beach and back, we will see Celtic stones and view across to Exmoor. Meet at the Town Hall Car Park at 6.45pm prompt.  For more details contact Katherine on 029 20881572 or katherinet248@gmail.com.

Sunday 24th                   Penarth, Swanbridge and Cosmeston  8 miles  A walk around the coast of Penarth and Lavernock to Swanbridge, returning via Cosmeston Lakes. BPL.  (This walk was moved from March after snow cancellation). Leaving Chapter at 09:30. Contact Bob N on 02920 575229.

Wednesday 27th           Meal out in central Cardiff     More details nearer the time.  Contact Bob N on 02920 575229

 

Here are the monthly programmes in pdf form for viewing and printing.

 

May 2018 programme

June 2018 programme

Our on-line calendar of events, regularly updated, is viewable here.

A printable version in list format is available here.

You can see previous programmes which have been archived here.

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