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 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:    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.

 

 

August programme

Sunday 4th                      Ystradfellte to Craig Cerrig Gleisiad  ••  9 miles   Starting from Roman Camp car park just north of Ystradfellte (SN927 166) at 10.30am. Option to extend the walk to 11 miles possible. After a slow steady ascent to the ridge we walk along the ridge to Fan Llia, continuing on to Fan Dringarth and the Craig Cerrig Gleisiad nature reserve. Descending to Sarn Helen roman road to return. BPL. Leave Chapter at 9.30am for car share. Contact Patrick on 07879 292623.  

Tuesday 6th                    Evening walk – Penarth circular    Meet outside Penarth railway station at 18:35 near the shops (note: trains from Cardiff arrive at 18:31 and leave at 20:47 and 21:47) We will head down to the pier and along the esplanade to the headland and back via the old railway line. We can end the evening in an Indian restaurant or pub. Contact Katherine on 02920 881 572 or email katherinet248@gmail.com

Sunday 11th                          Chepstow-Tintern circular  ••  12.5 miles      This walk uses the Wye Valley and Offa’s Dyke paths to see both sides of the Wye gorge, heading through Piercefield Park with its decaying grottoes, walking on woodland paths (occasionally strenuous ascents/descents) and possibly visiting the remote Lancaut nature reserve if there’s time. BPL but tea stops at Tintern and Chepstow. Leaving Chapter at 9am, meeting at Chepstow Tourist Information Centre (Castle car park) ready for prompt departure at 10.15am. Contact Sue on 07930 649498.

Wednesday 14th           Evening walk – Nash Wetlands     Starting in the village of Nash, this 2-3 mile walk will take us along country lanes and footpaths until we reach the Newport Wetlands and hopefully catch the sun setting over the Severn estuary. Returning to Nash for drinks in the Waterloo Inn. Meet outside the Waterloo Inn, Nash, at 7pm. Contact Sian on 07788 581605.

Sunday 18th                          Penarth to Captain’s Wife and Cosmeston  •  8 miles   Meet at Chapter at 09:30 or car park at clifftop café at 10:20. BPL. Contact Bob 07780 701365.

Tuesday 20th                  Meal out – Katherine’s Birthday    Join Katherine at the Butchers Arms in Rhiwbina at 7pm to celebrate her birthday. Choose from the Curry Night menu, other pub favourites or the vegetarian specials. For further details and to book your place, contact Katherine on 02920 881 572 or email katherinet248@gmail.com by 14th August.

Friday 23rd –                   Bank holiday weekend Swanage YHA   FULLY BOOKED.

 

 September programme

Sunday 1st                      Footpaths to Foy   ••  8 miles    From Ross, this Wye Valley walk leads us along the river and through fields to the delightful setting of Hole-in-the-wall at Foy. The parish is divided by the River Wye which is crossed by an elegant suspension bridge leading to Foy Church. BPL. Meet at Chapter to leave by 9.30am or at the Wilton Rd car park (by the bridge going into Ross-on-Wye) at 10.30. For further details, contact Sian on 07788 581 605.

Tuesday 3rd                  City Walk   A circular walk to Llandaff Fields and Bute Park from Llandaff village and back. Meet at 6.20pm at the front of Llandaff Cathedral by the Stone Cross. For details contact Katherine on 029 20881572 or e-mail katherine248@gmail.com

Sunday 8th                             Chepstow Walk   ••  8.5 miles      Starting from Chepstow going over the bridge to Tutshill, Woodcroft and Boughspring, passing Wintours Leap on the way back. Meet at Chapter at 09.30 or Chepstow car park at 10.30. BPL. Moderate. Contact Bob 07780 701365.

Wednesday 11th             Chapter Bar Night  Meet from 19:30 in the bar area. Contact Bob on 07780 701365.

Sunday 15th                   Fan y Big   ••  9 miles     A lovely walk in the Brecon Beacons taking in Taf Fechan Forest and Fan y Big. The brave amongst us can walk out onto the diving board. Glorious views if the weather is kind to us. One really strenuous climb at the start then a lovely ridge walk to the summit before descending and returning via the Taff Trail. Start at Blaen y Glyn Uchaf Car Park SO056176 at 10am. BPL Suitable clothing and boots for hill walking essential including preparation for changes in conditions. Contact Josie 07734 445144.

Tuesday 17th                  Cinema evening or pub quiz    Social evening, details to follow. Contact Sian on 07788 581 605

Friday 20th – Sun 22nd   Bluestone weekend    FULLY BOOKED

Saturday 21st                 Trip to Abergavenny Food Festival – Catching the train from Cardiff at 9am we will have a short walk from Abergavenny followed by a visit to the Abergavenny Food Festival, utilising Stroller tickets which are currently on sale and which attendees need to purchase themselves. Trains back to Cardiff run approximately hourly so people will be able to leave whenever suits them. Contact Tony Ritson on 07813 974 976.

Thursday 26th                Meal out – Pizza at Ask    Join Katherine for a meal at Ask. Meet at 7pm at the restaurant or 6.30pm at the Duke of Wellington. Contact Katherine on 029 2088 1572 or e-mail katherinet248@gmail.com by the 19th September to book your place

Sunday 29th                   Monmouthshire Meander   ••  11 miles    Starting from the small hamlet of Llandegveth we will walk across meadows, follow valleys and walk through mixed woodland, stopping at Coed-y-paen for refreshments at the Carpenters Arms. Meet at Chapter for a 9:30 departure. BPL. For more information contact Darren on 07867 556 501

 

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@ hotmail.com

Sunday 20th                          Mynydd Machen walk  ••  8 miles     Walking from Sirhowy country park along the Rhymney Valley ridgeway to the panoramic views at the top of Mynydd Machen and back to the start via part of the Raven walk. BPL. Meet at Chapter for 10am departure. Contact Jane O j_ormrod@live.co.uk  or 07538 339896 

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 katherinet248@gmail.com

Sunday 27th                   Cotswold walk  8 miles  Easy walking from the village of Uley, encompassing a 6th century hillfort and the small hamlet of Owlpen. Meet outside the Old Crown Uley GL11 5NS at 10am. Parking in village. Contact Jenny 07968 360 811 or Judy 07815 195 292.

Weds 30th                       COG AGM. Details nearer the time.

 

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

August 2019 programme

Sept 2019 programme

Oct 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.

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