|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.
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.
• 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:
Weekends: Sian D 07788 581605 & 029 2115 4799
E-mail Sian at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to bring children (under 17) or dogs, please check with the event organiser.
Friday 1st Lovell Jones family concert 7pm Come and join me for an evening with the talented Lovell Jones family – Harry, Charlie and Eirlys, at Beulah Church, Rhiwbina. Tickets are on sale, priced at £10 for the concert or £15 for the concert and a glass of wine at Canolfan Beulah. If you are interested please let Enid know at email@example.com or 07974 959415. The evening is in aid of the Eisteddfod to be held in Cardiff 2018.
Sunday 3rd Brecon Mountain Centre to Cefn Llechid. •• 8.5 m Once again Chris Clarke is doing what he does best: leading a wonderful walk in the Brecon Beacons. This time he is treating us to an 8.5 mile walk from the Brecon Mountain Centre. He will take us across St Iltud’s Common, along drovers’ roads, lanes and tracks to reach the summit of Cefn Llechid where we will lunch by a mystical lake and enjoy views of Pen-y-Fan in the distance. There will be two gradual climbs and two fairly steep descents, one being slippery at all times, especially when wet. So good walking boots are essential. It would also be good to bring walking poles if you have them. (Don’t worry – a slow pace will be maintained on the two descents.) For those of you who have not ventured much onto open mountains, Chris is an experienced leader. His walks can be slightly challenging, but they are always wonderfully inspiring. The walk is not suitable for dogs. Meet at Chapter to depart at 9.00 am prompt. The walk will start from the Brecon Mountain Centre Car Park, Libanus, LD3 8ER at 10.30. BPL. For further details contact Chris on 07812 511736.
Tuesday 5th Cardiff Evening Canal Walk 2m This undemanding evening walk will take us from The National Museum of Wales, along to The Wharf at Cardiff Bay. We will follow the path of Cardiff’s canal network of days gone by before catching the train back to the city centre. Meet at the museum at 6.20pm. Bring a torch. For further details, contact Katherine on 02920881572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 10th Upper Cwmbran to Twmbarlwm •• 10m Starting from Blaen Community Woodland, this walk starts with a long, steep climb up a ridge, to enjoy fantastic views over the Bristol Channel. We will then follow the ridge gently down towards Twmbarlwm passing old pits and quarries along the way. After a short climb up Twmbarlwm for lunch we will return on the far side of the ridge and enjoy views over Upper Cwmbran Forest and across to the Brecon Beacons. 10 miles, moderate, with a long steady climb at start of walk. BPL. We will depart from Chapter at 9.40 am. Car parking is limited, so car sharing is recommended. We will be starting the walk from Blaen Bran Community Woodlands at 10.30 prompt. For further details, contact Gordon on 07876 594475.
Wednesday 13th Chapter Bar Night Meet in the bar area from 7.45pm. Contact Bob on 02920 575229.
Saturday 16th COG BBQ Porthkerry Park. Meet at 4 pm – for those who would like to take a stroll first. Then back for the BBQ at about 5.30 pm. Hoping to use the large BBQ stand next to the car park. Numbers needed in advance for catering – vegetarian and carnivorous participants. Money contribution on the night. Bring your own drinks. Contact John & Jane on 02920 759980
Sunday 17th Table Mountain and Tolkien Walk Crickhowell ••• 10m in Tolkien country. Some steep ascents and descents so strenuous, but definitely worth it! Chapter at 9.00 am or 10.00 am at the Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre car park, off Beaufort Street, NP8 1AA. Contact Walk leader Phil Sz on 07794477915. BPL.
Wednesday 20th Quiz Night With Katherine at The Heath Pub, on Whitchurch Road, Cathays. Come along and join Katherine to exercise your Old Grey Matter as you enjoy a drink or even a bite to eat at this regular Cardiff quiz night. Starting at 8 pm. For further details, contact Katherine on 02920 881572 or email email@example.com.
Sunday 24th Date available – If you can offer a walk please contact Sian on 07788 581605
Wednesday 27th Meal at the Fox and Hounds Whitchurch Come and join us for a meal at the Fox and Hounds Whitchurch. Meet at pub at 7pm for 7.30 start. Names by 21st Sept. Contact Bob N: firstname.lastname@example.org 02920 575229
Sunday 1st Hensol, Pendoylan and Surrounding Area •• 7m This walk around the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan will be led by our intrepid teenagers from COG’s family section. (Please don’t worry as the parents of these lively young people, many of whom are on their way to achieving their Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award, will be there to make sure that we don’t fall too far behind.) This walk starts at 11.00 am at the Forestry Commission Car Park, grid ref ST031768. Getting there from Cardiff: take the A48 west. After Bonvilston take the right turn signposted Welsh St Donats. At the village turn right onto Heol Mynydd. Continue straight on, to reach Forestry Commission car park on your right. 7 moderate miles. BPL. For further details, contact Pedro on 07870 788312.
Sunday 8th Bredwardine, Arthur’s Stone and Dorstone •• 8m Going west to Herefordshire. Exploring the breathtaking Golden Valley, this walk visits two of the county’s finest villages, each with its own church, as well as a host of picture-book buildings. We will walk along ridgeways and lanes as we come upon the prehistoric burial chamber that is known as Arthur’s Stone. 8 moderate miles with two lengthy inclines. BPL. Meet at Chapter for 9.00 am departure. Owing to the journey time of 1.5 hours, COG’ers are advised to meet at Chapter to share lifts. (Details of parking at start of walk to be announced later.) For further details, please contact Sian on 07788 581605.
Wednesday 11th Group Meal Out Details nearer the time. Contact Bob N 02920 575229
Saturday 14th Family Walk: Newtown to Candleston •• 8m Meet at the Church of St John the Baptist at Newton, Porthcawl. The walk makes its way through sand dunes and burrows to Candleston Castle. To get to the start, take Junction 37 from M4 and proceed to Porthcawl. At the roundabout you will see a sign to Trecco Bay. This takes you to Newton. 8 Miles. Moderate. BPL. Walk starts from the church in Newtown at 11.00. For details contact Pedro on 07870 788312.
Sunday 15th Castles, Cliffs and Commons •• 8m This walk takes us from the River Ogmore onto common land and into the village of St Brides. We will continue along country roads until we drop down to the walled garden at Dunraven Castle. After a break we will enjoy stunning coastal views as we follow the Heritage Path back to Ogmore Castle. 8 miles Moderately easy. BPL. Leave Chapter at 9.30. Walk starts at Ogmore Castle car park at 10.30. Contact Ellie on 07969 390885.
Sunday 22nd Three Rhondda Valleys – Selsig, Parc and Saerbren ••• 10m Starting from Treherbert, this strenuous 10 mile walk visits three valleys situated near the top of the Rhondda Fach. Exploring forest tracks and paths and a number of open areas, on a good day there are excellent views from both ends of these valleys. Meet at Chapter at 9.00. Contact David M on 07736 339013 or email@example.com
Tuesday 24th Katherine’s Evening Event For our pleasure and delight, Katherine will be organising a mid-week event. Details to be published on COG’s weekly email nearer the time.
Sunday 29th The Sugar Loaf Mountain, Abergavenny 7m As one of the three peaks of COG’s prestigious annual Three Peaks Trial Walk, it is well worth the climb up this wonderful mountain – not only for the breathtaking views, but also for the opportunity of being able to say that you have done it! This moderate to strenuous 7 mile walk not only gives us the chance to climb the Sugar Loaf, but we will also take in the beautiful countryside that surrounds it. This walk starts from the Sugar Loaf Car Park at 10.30 prompt. BPL. For further details contact Helen on 07470 864373. Helen advises that if weather conditions are poor the walk may be cancelled.
Here are the monthly programmes in pdf form for viewing and printing.
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.