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 usually outside the main entrance of Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1QE, but can be different depending on the location of the walk. We meet at these starting points in order to share cars – this reduces the number of cars trying to park at the start of a walk, is more sociable and is better for the planet! If you are unsure, please check with the walk leader.

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.

 

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 k6ham@icloud.com.

Sunday 8th                       Garw valley walk    •• 7 miles   Mostly easy with  occasional moderate inclines, this walk in the Garw Valley starts at grid ref 905897 on the corner of the former Braich y Cymmer pub (now closed). Parking is available in side streets, on the main road and in a layby further down. The walk follows the riverside disused railway track up the valley to Blaengarw then climbs to Cwmgwinau with views down the valley past a decorated disused mineshaft and a memory wall. We return through forests down through Cwm Garw Fechan. To restore your energy the Llangeinor Arms is a short drive away with beautiful views across the mountains and to the channel. 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   •• 7 miles     Winter coastal walking in the Vale of Glamorgan, starting from Dunraven Bay, turning inland to St Brides Major and making our way north through heathland to the Ogmore river and then following the coast path to return to Dunraven. BPL. Home made mince pies at the finish! Car share from Chapter, leaving at 9.30am or meeting at Dunraven Bay car park at 10.30am. 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 dlsi30@hotmail.co.uk

 

January programme

Sunday 5th Glyn Corrwg and the Abergregan Grottos •• 7 miles        This walk starts from Cymmer on the old railway that ran through Glyn Corrwg. The route climbs the forested hillside with clearings and open spaces providing spectacular views. We then descend past the stone mines at Abergregan with the final stretch alongside the Afon Afan to return to Cymmer. BPL. Parking beside cycle track at Cymmer SS862 961. Meet at 9.45am for 10am start. Details from Josie on 07734 445 144.

Wednesday 8th Chapter Bar Night          Join Bob for a drink, chat and the opportunity to eat at Chapter Arts Centre. Meet in the bar area from 7.30pm. Contact Bob on 07780 701 365.

Sunday 12th Rudry Ridgeway Walk •• 5 miles         A circular walk in the Rudry area. The walk includes some of the Rhymney Valley Ridgeway with plenty of wildlife and some great views of the Bristol Channel., Cardiff and, if the weather’s fine, you might see the English coastline. Lunch not necessary as we should be finished by 2pm, but you may want to bring a snack. Leave Chapter at 9.30am. Contact Bob on 02920 575229 or 07780 701 365 for details.

Tuesday 14th Cinema Evening at Chapter                   Details to follow for further information, keep an eye out for Bob’s weekly email, or contact Sian on 07788 581 605.

Sunday 19th Family Walk more details to follow              Walk with Sarah Lart and Dave Lewis. All welcome. More details from Sarah 07974 677 472.

Tuesday 21st Turkish Meal at Troy, Wellfield Road                Forget those grey winter nights in Cardiff. Join Judy in Turkey – well, join her for a delicious Turkish meal at Troy, Wellfield Road, to enjoy Mediterranean cuisine and imagine we are in a warmer place. Please contact Judy on 07815 195 292 and book your place by Tuesday 10th at the latest.

Sunday 26th Abernant Horseshoe walk •• 10 miles                Starting from Abercarn we will slowly climb up through the Gwyddon Valley, then break out onto open moorland with wonderful views of the Beacons and over the Channel. Bring adequate clothing for the upland winter walking. Meet at Chapter for a 9.30am departure. BPL. Contact Darren on 07867 556 501.

Wednesday 29th Three Peaks Trial Volunteer Night 8-9pm                 Find out all about volunteering at COG’s massive annual fundraising event, the Three Peaks Trial Challenge Walk. Free refreshments will be provided. Meet at YHA, East Tyndall St, Cardiff CF10 4BB at 8pm. Contact Chris L for more details on 02920 238 576.

 

February programme

Saturday 1st Porgy And Bess: Live screening from the Metropolitan Opera, New York               Join Sian at this live screening of Gershwin’s folk opera Porgy and Bess (‘It Ain’t necessarily So’, ‘Summertime’) at the Vue cinema. Times and prices to be announced. Contact Sian on 07788 581 605.

Sunday 2nd Woodland Working Party              Join Roger on a Coed Ruperra Conservation Trust Sunday working party to help plant and maintain new trees. BPL, stay as long as you want. Details to follow.

Tuesday 4th Steak Night and Social             Meet up at Wetherspoons’ Central Bar for steak meal (or other menu choice) and drink. Meet upstairs at 7pm. Contact Darren on 07867 556 501 for more details.

Saturday 8th Llantwit Major and Coast 6 miles                    Starting from Llantwit Major station car park at around 10am (TBC) we will take a scenic route to the coastal path and beach, returning to the town to end with refreshments at a pub. Departure time from Cardiff Central station TBC, return time flexible. BPL. Details from Tony R – anthonyritson@btinternet.com or 07813 874 976.

Friday 14th Chinese Meal at The Summer Palace            Join Bob to celebrate the Chinese New Year with a meal at The Summer Palace on Llandaff High St. To book, please contact Bob by 31st Jan on 07780 701 365.

Sunday 16th Margam Castle and Deer Park •• 9 miles            This walk takes us from the formal setting of Margam Castle and gardens, through the extensive parklands then to the high ground to enjoy views of the Bristol Channel. Leave Chapter at 9.15 am to meet at the park entrance cabin at the top of the main car park to start at 10am prompt. There is a £6 charge to park so please meet at Chapter to share cars. BPL. More details from Sian on 07788 581 605.

Wednesday 19th Cardiff Bay: Evening walk and meal at The Mount Stuart Enjoy a bracing walk along the waterfront and barrage, ending at Wetherspoons’ The Mount Stuart for food & drink. Meet at the Norwegian Church at 7pm, or the Mount Stuart at 8pm. More details from Sian on 07788 581 605.

Sunday 23rd   Pontypool Ridgeway •• 12 miles      Catch 09:28 train from Cardiff Central or meet at Pontypool and New Inn station car park at 10:05. From the impressive gates of Pontypool Park we will head up to the Ridgeway for views across the Severn Estuary to the Somerset coast. Following the Ridgeway northwards, passing the Folly Tower and up to Mynydd Garn Wen before descending on the packhorse trail and the Mon & Brec canal. BPL. Contact Jane O on 07539 339 896 or j.ormrod@live.co.uk.

Wednesday 26th Pub Quiz at The Grange, Grangetown             Join Sue for the regular quiz night at Grangetown’s recently refurbished community pub with great food, beer and a lively atmosphere. Meet at 7pm to get a table and choose drinks and/or food. Contact Sue on 07930 649498.

Saturday 29th Grand Valleys Traverse: Part 1 •• 15 miles            The first leg of a planned traverse of South Wales valleys, a mixture of open country, tracks, paths and road walking. Total ascent 2,145 feet. Starting at Abertillery, from the car park opposite Ty Ebbw Fach, Six Bells, NP13 2ND. Meeting time TBC. Contact Roger Gimblett on 07899 284 153. Please text leader to advise on the way.

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

Dec 2019 programme

Jan 2020 programme

Feb 2020 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.