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 Arts Centre, 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 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:

Social events:  Sian D

E-mail Sian at:

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.



October programme

Wednesday 2nd                 Social evening at Wetherspoons    Meet on the top floor of The Gatekeeper on Westgate St, central Cardiff, from 7pm for drinks and a meal. Contact Darren on 07867 556 501.

Sunday 6th                     Garth Tyn y Coed Woods and Creigiau  ••  5-6 miles      Circumnavigation of the Garth. We enter Run y Coed Woods through the top end and follow woodland trails to the main entrance, pick up the disused railway line to Creigiau and then back through fields for a Sunday lunch at Lewis Arms. Meet at Lewis Arms Pentyrch at 10am, parking opposite the pub or on road. A few stiles/ kissing gates. Muddy after rain. Contact Steve 07714 999 407

Wednesday 9th                 Meal out at the Madeira restaurant    The Madeira Portuguese restaurant, previously in Guildford Crescent, has relocated to the heart of Cardiff. Meet at 7pm at the restaurant, now at 32 St Mary Street.  Contact Bob N on 07780 701 365.

 Sunday 13th                  Brecon Beacons Horseshoe •••  9 miles    Starting at Lower Neuadd reservoir there is a steep climb onto Graig Fan Ddu ridge. We will walk along ridge to Corn Du, Pen y Fan and Cribyn and then back down to the Neuadd Reservoir. Start from Chapter at 9am. BPL Suitable clothing and boots for hill walking essential. For more detail contact Ellie 07305 175963.

Wednesday 16th           Meal out – Indian dining with Jill     Join Jill for a delicious Indian meal at the Empire, one of Cardiff’s longest established Indian restaurants. Meet at the restaurant, 157-159 Albany Road, at 7pm. Please let Jill know that you will be joining her by ringing 07505 740 689.

Friday 18th-Sun 20th    Weekend away – Stratford on Avon    More details from Lyndon,  lyndonmaybery@

Friday 25th                      Concert at St Davids Hall   A night of classical music from the Royal Welsh College Symphony Orchestra, performing young composer Sara Jenkins’ work, And The Sun Stood Still, and pianist Yuki Minami playing a Tchaikovsky concerto. Tickets priced at £15. Meet in downstairs foyer at 7.10pm for start of concert at 7.30. For further details and to book your seat, contact Katherine on 02920 881 572 or email her at

Sunday 27th                   Cotswold walk   7.5 miles  Figure of 8 walk from Uley, with beautiful views throughout, encompassing the lovely hamlet of Owlpen and the ancient hill fort of Uley Bury. With 2 moderate ascents and a steep descent. Refreshments at the Old Crown, Uley. Start – Meet outside the church at 10.00am. Parking in village, GL11 5SL. We will not be meeting at Chapter. Contact Jenny 07968 360 811 or Judy 07815 195 292.

Weds 30th                       COG AGM. Details nearer the time.


November programme

Wednesday 6th              Wetherspoons’ Bar Night – the Gatekeeper, Westgate St   Join the gang for a reasonably priced mid-week meal and a refreshingly cheap drink, or just a chat and refreshments. Meet in the bar area from 7.30pm. For further details, contact Bob on 07780 701 365.

Tuesday 12th                  The Girl on the Train, live at the New Theatre  Join Judy to see this dynamic stage play. A first class thriller filled with twists and turns as we follow the story of a woman who longs for the perfect life of the couple she watches through the train window on her journey to work every day. But is their life quite as perfect as it seems? Please contact Judy on 07815 195 292 by Monday 21st October to book your ticket.

Wednesday 13th         Skittles Match with IVC      To be held at the Halfway pub, 247 Cathedral Road, Pontcanna, CF11 9PP, starting at 7.30pm. There will be a charge of £2 per person to cover the cost of hiring the skittles alley.  Contact David M  07736 339 013.

Sunday 17th                     Craig yr Allt and Garth   •••   14 miles    Meet at Castle View Shopping Centre car park CF83 1SN for a prompt 9:30am start. Walk takes in Craig yr Allt, dropping down to the Taff valley, rising back up Garth hill, then back down to the valley to ascend the final climb through Castell Coch woods. BPL, and refreshments stop possible at several pubs en route. This is a strenuous walk only suitable for those wishing to take on a longer walk at this time of year. Please bring a head torch or hand torch. Contact Roger for more details 07899 284 153.

Tuesday 19th                  Indian meal: Salkaara, Llandaff North    Join Nick Williams for award-winning food at this restaurant next to the train station. Contact Nick on 07952 409 552 or email to book your place.

Sunday 24th                 Merthyr Tydfil Quarries •• 6 miles    Taking in the Blue Pool and the plains of Merthyr Quarries. Start from the Cyfarthfa Castle car park at 10.45am. Contact Lawrence on 07435 561 663.

Thursday 28th                 Exitus Escape Rooms – the most immersive escape room in Cardiff    Join Catherine Honeysett at Cardiff’s Exitus Escape Rooms, Queen St, and test your puzzle-solving skills by joining the gang for an evening of brain teasers. Cost of ticket is £18. More information at Meet at Harry’s Bar at 6.30pm.  Contact Catherine on 07951 662 965 or e-mail by the 4th November to book your place.


December programme

Thursday 5th                   Lisvane Players – Love’s Labours Lost   Join COG member Kevin and the Lisvane Players for a glass of wine and a quirky production of Shakespeare’s comedy, updated with a 1960s setting and involving a pop group on retreat!  Venue Lisvane Memorial Hall, 7.30pm.  To book tickets contact Kevin on

Sunday 8th                       Garw valley walk         Moderate walk in the Garw valley. Details to be confirmed. Contact Christine Beadsworth on 07811 589 114.

Wednesday 11th           Chapter Bar Night    Join Bob for a drink, chat and maybe a bite to eat at Chapter Arts Centre. Meet in the bar area from 7.30pm.  Contact Bob on 07780 701 365.

Sunday 15th                    Glamorgan Heritage Coast   •• 9 miles     Winter coastal walking from Dunraven Bay along the Wales Coast path, turning inland at Cwm Nash and making our way through farmland to Wick and Castle-upon Alun and finally St Brides Major on the Valeways Millennium Heritage Trail. BPL but festive refreshment stops at the Plough and Harrow or pubs in Wick and St Brides. Car share from Chapter, leaving at 9.30am. More details from Sue 07930 649498.

Wednesday 18th           Christmas Curry    COG’s traditional Christmas curry, at the Bayleaf restaurant in Cardiff, at 7.30pm. Contact Bob N on 02920 575229.

Sunday 22nd                    Sirhowy Valley walk    •• 7 miles    A former railway trail and riverside path running through the beautiful woodland of the Sirhowy valley begin this walk. It then climbs onto the extensive upland common of Mynydd y Grug. After descending along a lovely track it finally drops back through the woods into the base of the valley. Meet at Nine Mile Point car park ST 204 910 at 9:45 for 10am prompt start. BPL. Contact Josie on 07734 445 144.

Saturday 28th– Weds 1st             New Year break at Lizard YHA. More details from Darren on


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

Oct 2019 programme

Nov 2019 programme

Dec 2019 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.