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.

 

 

January programme

Fri-29 Dec/ Tues 2nd Jan                New Year at Newport Pembrokeshire.   Now Fully Booked.

30th-1st Jan                   Family New Year staying at Talybont Outdoor Education Centre.  Contact Sheena on 07504 229058.

Sunday 7th                         Pontsticill Walk •  6 miles              Join Katherine for her favourite walk through woodlands and around Pontsticill reservoir. BPL or snack, there is a pub at the end of the walk where we can have a late lunch. Leave at Chapter at 9.30am prompt or meet at the Red Cow at 10.20am. Please contact Katherine on 029 2088 1572.

Wednesday 10th               Quiz Night with Katherine at The Heath pub, 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 8pm. For further details, contact Katherine on 029 2088 1572 or email katherinet248@gmail.com

Sunday 14th                       Family Walk Brynna Woods & surrounding areas • 4-5 miles Woods and  streams plus wildlife in abundance. Gentle slopes , very uneven under foot so not suitable for pushchairs. Dog friendly , provided your owner  is well  behaved !! BPL & waterproof clothing along with sturdy boots. Approx 4-5 miles.Back to Andy & Sara’s home in Llanharry for cheese, biscuits , soup & cakes.

Meet at 11.30  am Bryncae Community Centre, Powell Dr, Bryncae, Llanharan, CF72 9UU. For more info contact Sara 07989 470184 /01443 225114

Sunday 14th                     A Walk from Gwaun Ruperra • 5 miles             A relatively easy walk, ideal for a winter’s day starting from Gwaun Ruperra. A mixture of terrains – woodland paths, fields, grassy hills and urban pavements. Some boggy places in the woodland. One steep ascent and one steep descent. Option for lunch or coffee at the end.

Starting from free Gwaun Ruperra car park CF72 8QQ at 10am. Directions: From M4 Junction 34 take A4119. Go through one roundabout then at traffic lights turn right. Follow B4595 up hill to a very sharp left turn and head up the steep hill into Old Llantrisant. Turn left at Cross Keys Pub and right at Dr William Pryce statue to head down the hill to Gwaun Ruperra car park on right.  More information from Judy Penfold 07815 195292 or Jenny Thomas 07968  630811

Tuesday 16th                     Volunteer Night             Find out all about volunteering at COG’s massive annual fundraising event, the Three Peaks Trial Challenge Walk. Refreshments will be provided free of charge.

Meet at Cardiff YHA , East Tyndall Street from 8pm. on 16th January. Enjoy some light refreshments and hear all about the Three Peaks Trial. Contact Chris L for more info about the event on 02920 238576.

Sunday 21st                       Sully and Cosmeston from The Captain’s Wife  ••  5-6 miles      Walk coastal paths and fields, with the option of a meal at The Captain’s Wife afterwards, or BPL. Meet at Chapter at 9:30am. Ring Nicki on 07866 357298 for more details

Wednesday 24th               Meal at the Discovery, Celyn Ave, Cardiff CF23 6FH with Jenny and Judy. Meet at 7pm for 7.30 start. Please book by 19th January. Contact Judy 07815 195292 or Jenny 07968 630811

Sunday 28th                       Winter in Llantrisant Forest  •• 6.5 miles              This enjoyable winter walk takes us up through wide pathways and the pine plantations that make up most of Llantrisant Forest until we reach the open rolling countryside of the gentle hills above Llanharan. During this walk we will visit the abandoned church of St Peters. We also pass under the mighty wind turbines that most of us have spotted from the M4. Moderate 6.5 miles with incline on good paths at start of walk. BPL. Leaving Chapter at 9.30am, walk starts at 10.15am from the Forestry Commission car park, Llantrisant Forest (take junction 34 of M4 onto A4119 past Llantrisant. Llantrisant Forest is clearly shown on OS map or Google Earth.) For further information, contact Sian on 07788 581605

Wednesday 31st               Chapter Bar Night Meet in the bar area from 7.45pm. Contact Bob on 02920 575229

 

February programme

Saturday 3rd                      Global Foods Night at the Oasis Centre, Cardiff. 7pm.  Contact  Jane S on 02920 759980.

Sunday 4th                         Blaenavon Circular Walk • 7 miles  Exploring the wonderful landscape of the World Heritage Site between Blaenavon and Abergavenny. The trail follows a series of tramways, inclines and footpaths linking many of the historic features. Starting from Keepers Pond Car Park at 10am. BPL. Ring Josie on 07734 445144 for more detail

Friday 9th                          Chinese Meal at the Summer Palace  Join Jenny and Jeanette for a celebration of the Chinese New Year at the Summer Palace, Llandaff.  Meet at 7.00 pm in the Butcher’s Arms or 7.30pm in the restaurant.  Contact Jenny and Jeanette by the 1st February  to book your place: Jenny: 07983 402780  Jeanette: 07740 038803

Sunday 11th                       Llandaff to Cardiff City Centre Walk • 5 miles     A circular walk taking in Llandaff, Pontcanna Fields, Bute Park and Cathays Park with a coffee break at either the WCMC or a café in the park before returning to Llandaff for lunch at the Black Lion. Meeting at the Cross in Llandaff at 10am. If you would like to join me for the lunch please book a place by the Wednesday 7th February.  For further details, contact Katherine on 029 2088 1572 or email katherinet248@gmail.com

Sunday 11th                       Family Walk – 10 mile family walk with David Lewis – details to be confirmed.        

Wednesday 14th              Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night      Showcase Nantgarw is the venue for a live relay from the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford.  Join Kevin to see this accessible comedy, with shipwrecks, twins, and plots by lovers and others. This production has received great reviews.  Starts at 7pm – meet in the foyer at 6:45pm. Kevin can be contacted at 029 2076 2407. 

Sunday 18th                      Monmouth to The Boat Inn  ••  7.5 miles   Starting from Monmouth we head SE through the Troy Estate, walking over a partially wooded ridge and then meandering down into the Wye Valley. We will pass Cross Dermond Coffin Stone and the stunningly located Grade 1 listed 13th century church in Penallt. After a short walk downstream we reach the much loved and arguably best pub on the Wye, The Boat Inn.  After refreshments we walk back to Monmouth alongside the river. At the end of the walk there is the option of a meal in Monmouth. Depart Chapter 9:30 am, BPL.  Ring Darren 07867 556501.

Tuesday 20th                     Chapter Bar Night Meet in the bar area from 7.45pm. Contact Bob on 02920 575229

Sunday 25th                       Llangattock & Craig y Cilau ••  9.7 miles   Exploring the spectacular limestone cliffs above Llangattock with great views over the Usk Valley. Taking in farmland, moors, caves and industrial heritage, climbing 1500ft in total. BPL. Leave Chapter at 9am. Possibility of tea in Crickhowell if we get back in time. Ring Sue on 07930 649498 for more detail

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

January 2018 programme

February 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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