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 usually outside the main entrance of Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1QE, but can be different depending on the location of the walk. We meet at these starting points in order to share cars – this reduces the number of cars trying to park at the start of a walk, is more sociable and is better for the planet! If you are unsure, please check with the walk leader.

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 midweek activities:

Meeting points for midweek socials, 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 for members?     

Please contact the programme organisers below:

Weekend walks:  Josie L

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

Social events:  Sian D

E-mail Sian at: shanny55girl@gmail.com

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

 

If you would like to bring children (under 17) or dogs on a walk, please check with the event organiser beforehand that the walk is suitable.

 

February programme

Saturday 1st Porgy And Bess: Live screening from the Metropolitan Opera, New York               Join Sian at this live screening of Gershwin’s folk opera Porgy and Bess (‘It Ain’t necessarily So’, ‘Summertime’) at the Vue cinema. Times and prices to be announced. Contact Sian on 07788 581 605.

Sunday 2nd Woodland Working Party              Join Roger on a Coed Ruperra Conservation Trust Sunday working party to help plant and maintain new trees. BPL, stay as long as you want. Details to follow.

Tuesday 4th Steak Night and Social             Meet up at Wetherspoons’ Central Bar for steak meal (or other menu choice) and drink. Meet upstairs at 7pm. Contact Darren on 07867 556 501 for more details.

Friday 14th Chinese Meal at The Riverside Cantonese Restaurant, Leckwith Road, Riverside, Cardiff CF11 6HN   (http://www.riversidecantonese.com/index.html)   Join Bob to celebrate the Chinese New Year with a meal at The Riverside Cantonese Restaurant (please note change of venue – the Summer Palace is undergoing building work). To book, please contact Bob by 31st Jan on 07780 701 365.

Sunday 16th Margam Castle and Deer Park •• 9 miles            This walk takes us from the formal setting of Margam Castle and gardens, through the extensive parklands then to the high ground to enjoy views of the Bristol Channel. Leave Chapter at 9.15 am to meet at the park entrance cabin at the top of the main car park to start at 10am prompt. There is a £6 charge to park so please meet at Chapter to share cars. BPL. More details from Sian on 07788 581 605.

Wednesday 19th Cardiff Bay: Evening walk and meal at The Mount Stuart Enjoy a bracing walk along the waterfront and barrage, ending at Wetherspoons’ The Mount Stuart for food & drink. Meet at the Norwegian Church at 7pm, or the Mount Stuart at 8pm. More details from Sian on 07788 581 605.

 

CHANGE TO THE PUBLISHED PROGRAMME

Sunday 23rd – walk from Pontypool cancelled – come along to Storm Dennis clean up instead

Trains to Pontypool are running again but its impossible to know how waterlogged/ flooded the terrain will still be. There are some spots which could well be impassable with no easy ways round without adding significantly to the 12 mile route. So I have decided to err on safe side and cancel. I will be going along to the Cardiff Rivers event to help clear up Bute Park after the storms – all welcome to join in. Jane – j_ormrod@live.co.uk

Wednesday 26th Pub Quiz at The Grange, Grangetown             Join Sue for the regular quiz night at Grangetown’s recently refurbished community pub with great food, beer and a lively atmosphere. Meet at 7pm to get a table and choose drinks and/or food. Contact Sue on 07930 649 498.

Saturday 29th Grand Valleys Traverse: Part 1 •• 15 miles            The first leg of a planned traverse of South Wales valleys, a mixture of open country, tracks, paths and road walking. Total ascent 2,145 feet. Starting at Abertillery, from the car park opposite Ty Ebbw Fach, Six Bells, NP13 2ND. Meeting time TBC. Contact Roger Gimblett on 07899 284 153. Please text leader to advise on the way.

 

March programme

Tuesday 3rd                     Evening Walk, Roath Park Lake followed by visit to Pear Tree Pub   Join George for a relaxing  3- mile evening stroll around Roath Park lake followed by a visit to the Pear Tree pub for refreshments in the convivial company of your fellow COGers. Meet at Penylan Community Centre to start the walk at 7pm. Contact George on 07975 977 190.

Sunday 8th                                  Usk Valley and Clytha Folly  ••• 15 miles    A rewarding walk with several climbs, the first five miles are along the Usk Valley Walk. We then pass Clytha Castle Folly and visit an Iron Age hill fort followed by Bettws Newydd Church which has an ancient yew tree.  Return to the start via Trostrey Common and Lady Hill Wood. BPL. Meet at Maryport St North Car Park, Usk, at 09:00. Contact George on 02920 330 148/07975 977 190

Wednesday 11th             Judy’s birthday meal     An evening of enjoyment as we join this special lady to celebrate her special birthday with a meal in one of Cardiff’s top Greek restaurants. Venue: Saraztro, 57 Wellfield Road CF24 3PA, at 7pm. Book your place by Monday 2 March, by contacting Judy on 07815 195 292.

Sunday 15th                     Black Mountain Walk  •• 9 miles    Walk in Black Mountain area of Brecon Beacons starting from Queens Head in Stanton, heading up to Bal Bach and returning via the fort Twyn y Gaer. BPL.  Contact Patrick 07392 950 648.

Tuesday 17th             Three Peaks Volunteer Briefing    If you’ve volunteered for our massive annual fundraising event – the Three Peaks Trial Challenge Walk – then coming along to the briefing is a must, to go through final preparations for the day. Venue – Media Point at Chapter at 19.30.  Contact Chris L for more information about the event 029 2023 8576 or to volunteer.

Please note that the social evening originally scheduled for Weds 18th has been cancelled, but there will be drinks in Chapter’s bar after the briefing.

Saturday 21st                   Concert by the Rhondda Symphony Orchestra, Bethel Baptist Church, Pontyclun      Performance of the Egmont Overture by Beethoven, Symphony No 104 by Haydn, and Symphony No 6 by Beethoven. Tickets are £10 from the website www.ticketsource.co.uk/rhondda-symph. For further details, contact David M 07736 339 013.

Sunday 22nd                     Llandaff Walk  • 5 miles  A circular walk taking in Llandaff, Pontcanna Fields, Bute Park and Cathays Park with a coffee break at a cafe in the park before returning. Meeting at the cross in Llandaff at 10:15. For more details contact Katherine on 02920 881 572 or email katherinet248@gmail.com.

Wednesday 25th             Spring Evening and good company at Cardiff’s Fine Wine Bar  Join Darren for an evening of fine wine and convivial company at Fly By Night in central Cardiff. Although food is not served at this venue your quality wine will be accompanied by cheese and biscuits.  Meeting at 7pm at Fly By Night, 11 High St, Cardiff.  More details from Darren on 07867 556 501.

Saturday 28th                  South Wales Three Peaks Trial     COG’s massive charity fundraiser when over 700 walkers descend on Abergavenny and its surrounding hills, making over £10,000 for outdoor related charities. To run this annual event, which is now in its 57th year, we need a small army of volunteers on the day. For further information go to Cardiff Outdoor Group’s website and click on Three Peaks Trial.

 

April programme

Wednesday 1st             Madam Butterfly at St David’s Hall   Puccini’s famous opera tells the story of a beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American lieutenant, with dramatic results. Highlights include the melodic Humming Chorus, the moving aria One Fine Day and the unforgettable Love duet. (Madam Butterfly will be sung in Italian with English surtitles.) (Tickets will be advertised and purchased in advance through COG’s group email in late January. For further information and availability of tickets, contact Sian on shanny55girl@gmail.com.

Sunday 5th                                  Ewenny and the Heritage Coast  •• 8 miles    Fields, woods and coastal path walking. Starting from Ewenny we will take a circular route through Castle upon Alun, St Brides Major, along the coastal path from Southerndown to Ogmore by Sea and back over the hills to Ewenny. Meet at Ewenny Garden Centre entrance at 10.30am but please use roadside parking not garden centre. Coffee shop in garden centre at end of walk. BPL.  Contact Christine Beadsworth on 07811 589 114.

Tuesday 7th                      Meal at Wetherspoons’ Central Bar     Meet at Central Bar, 39 Windsor Place, Cardiff CF10 3BW, from 7pm for a cheap and cheerful meal or just a drink, and the chance to come together for a mid-week chat with friends old and new.    Contact Sian on 07788 581 605 for more details.

Friday 10th  –   Monday 13th              Easter at South Downs YHA    Details to be announced in the new year.

Sunday 19th                     Central Beacons   •• 10 miles       A lovely walk in a quieter part of the mountains using good paths. At the highest point of the walk, Fan Frynych, there are wonderful panoramic views of the surrounding area. BPL. Meet at Chapter for a 9.30 departure. Contact Darren on 07867 556 501.

Tuesday 21st                    Lighthouse to Lighthouse – Sunset Walk on Wentlooge Levels      This relaxed evening walk takes us from the Lighthouse Inn at St Brides, Wentlooge, to the West Usk Lighthouse at the mouth of the River Usk. With fine views over Severn Estuary, weather permitting, we should enjoy a fine sunset as we walk along the coastal path and back to The Lighthouse Inn for refreshments. Meet at the car park of The Lighthouse, St Brides, Wentlooge NP10 8SH to start the walk at 7.30pm.  For more details contact Sian on 07788 581 605.

Saturday 25th                  Wales Coastal Path – Severn Tunnel Junction to Chepstow  9 miles         Back by popular demand, this walk takes us along an interesting stretch of the Wales Coast Path. Meet at Cardiff Central Station at 9.50 am to catch the 10:07 train to Severn Tunnel station. Or join us at Severn Tunnel station at 10.30am for a walk along this varied coastline, before finishing at Chepstow with a cafe/pub stop before getting the train back to Cardiff. More details from Jane Ormrod on 07539 339 896 or j_ormrod@live.co.uk.

Monday 27th                   Lyndon’s birthday meal    Help Lyndon celebrate his birthday with a meal and a glass or two to mark this special day. Details to follow – contact Lyndon on 07718 594 707.

 

 

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

Feb 2020 programme

Mar 2020 programme

April 2020 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.