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.

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:

Weekends:  Sian D  07788 581605 & 029 2115 4799

E-mail Sian at:

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


October programme

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


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.


November programme

Sunday 5th                  Cwmcarn Forest Drive and Twmbarlwm ••   A 7-8  mile walk starting at the Visitor Centre and including ascent of Twmbarlwm.  Meet at 10.30am at the Visitor Centre. BPL.  Moderate   Contact Jenny on 07968630811 or Judy on 07815195292


Tuesday 7th                           COG AGM at Chapter  A review of the COG year, plus a chance to have a say in the running of the group . Also the opportunity to volunteer for a committee role. Meet in 1st Space or Media Point starting 8.00pm prompt.


Sunday 10th                Castleton / Cefn Mably Area Walk • 7/8 m   Meet at 10.00am at the Coach and Horses, Castleton. There will be the option of food and refreshments at the pub at the end of the walk. BPL. Contact  Martyn on 07773710787


Friday 17th                   Wait Until Dark!  Theatre Evening With Judy Penfold  Wait Until Dark is set in the social turbulence of 1960s London.  This is a thrilling drama that will have you jumping out of your skin at every bump.  If you would like to join Judy at the New Theatre to take in this dynamic play, contact her on 07815195292 by Thursday 2nd November, so that she can purchase tickets in advance.


Sunday 19th                 Family walk with Wayne, Monmouth to Redbrook ••  8m  This winter family walk takes the group from Monmouth to Redbrook along the bank of the beautiful River Wye.  Following lunch at Redbrook we will return to Monmouth via Offa’s Dyke path and The Kymins.  Meet at Monmouth Cattle Market at 10.45am for an 11.00am start.  Moderate 8 miles.  BPL.  Although this is a family walk for our younger (mostly DofE) members, all are welcome to join us.  For further details, please contact Wayne on 01633 894809.


Wednesday 22nd                    Meal at the Thai Lounge Restaurant, Whitchurch  Meet at 7pm in the Maltsters pub next door or 7.30 in the restaurant. Please let me know if you’re interested by 15th Nov. Contact Bob N 02920 575229   Mob 07780 701365


Saturday 25th               Day at Hay Winter Festival    A day trip to Hay-on-Wye, to experience the Hay Winter Festival.  Tickets will need to be booked when programme is available.  Hopefully we’ll be able to squeeze in a nice lunch too.  Car share will be arranged in advance.  Contact Enid on 07974 959415 or   A group email will be circulated as soon as tickets are on sale and a prompt response is required!


Sunday 26th                 Forest Walk And Lunch – Rudry  ••   Join us on a delightful forest walk followed by lunch at the Maenllwyd Inn, Rudry.  This circular walk is approximately 4 miles along forest track and is perfect for a brisk autumnal walk. Mainly flat,  with an easy incline so a medium walk.  We will stop briefly for coffee/snack where the path opens up into an attractive glade.  Meet in the Maenllwyd overflow car park for a 10.30am start.  Lunch will be booked for 1.30pm.  If you would like to join us for the lunch please confirm by Saturday 18 November.  A deposit may be payable.  Contact Jenny:  07983 402780  Jeanette: 07740 038803 


Tuesday 28th                Join Darren for a Mid Week Get Together  Come along for a chat whilst enjoying a drink and a meal.  Meeting at 7.30pm on the second floor of Wetherspoons Gatekeeper Pub, Westgate St. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Wetherspoons deals, Tuesday is Steak Night which is offered along with a drink at a very good discounted price.  Or you can opt for anything on their extensive menu, or just come along for a drink.  For further information, contact Darren on 07867 556501.


December programme

Sunday 3rd                   Tintern Woodlands Winter Walk ••   Join Brian for a 7-8 mile winter stroll in the Wye Valley near Tintern.  Ascending to the Devil’s Pulpit and Offa’s Dyke Path.  Hopefully there will still be some autumn colour remaining.  Possible tea shop at end.  BPL.  Meet at Chapter at 9.30am or Tintern Abbey at 10.30am.   Contact Brian D on 02920 494645 or text    07974 952176. 


Thursday 7th                Wonderful Pre-Christmas Evening at Westonbirt Arboretum ••  Join Josie for a wonderful winter’s evening walk around Westonbirt’s amazing illuminated tree lined trails.   With seasonal treats and plenty of festive activities to enjoy, this will be a Christmas event not to miss.  Although an email has gone out to gather names for this event and tickets should have been booked by the beginning of September,  it may still be possible to book your tickets online at Westonbirt Arboretum’s Christmas 2017 website.  For further details, contact Josie on 07734 445144.


Sunday 10th                 Devauden and Gaer Hill  ••   8 miles, moderate.  Starting from the village of St. Arvans we walk across fields towards Chepstow Park Wood. We then walk through this mixed woodland and exit via a sunken track into the village of Devauden.  From here we 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 9.15am departure.  For more details contact Darren on  07867 556501.


Sunday 10th                 Family Mince Pie Walk ending at John, Rowena and Frederick’s house.  Details to follow.  Tel 02920 915562.


Wednesday 13th           Evening at Chapter with Sian   As Chapter Arts Centre offers so many choices for an evening out I am hoping to organise either a film evening with a social drink and maybe a meal. However, if no films appeal, it would be good to see as many of you as possible for a drink and a get-together in Chapter Bar.  Look out for details in Bob’s weekly email.  Or give Sian a ring near the date on 07788 581605.


Sunday 17th                  Winter Wonders of Ruperra, Rudry and Draethen ••    Circular walk from Llwyn Celyn, taking in forests and fields, views of the Glamorgan coast and the fascinating ruins of Ruperra Castle. There is also the possibility of stopping off at The Hollybush in Draethen or the Maen Llwyd Inn at Rudry. This 6-mile walk is mostly moderate with a couple of steep ascents/descents. (Can be muddy after rain.)  BPL.  Car parking at start of walk is limited, so please share lifts where possible.  Departing from Chapter at 9.30 am and starting from the car park at Llwyn Celyn (Grid ref ST202854) at 10.00 am.  For more information, contact Sue on 07930 649498.


Wednesday 20th           COG Christmas Curry  This year it will be at a new venue – the India Gate, Whitchurch. Meet at 7pm for 7.30 start. Contact Bob N   02920 575229  to book by 6th December.


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.


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

October 2017 programme

Nov 2017 programme

Dec 2017 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.