|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.
• 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to bring children (under 17) or dogs, please check with the event organiser.
Sunday 6th 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 9.30 am. Contact Bob on 02920 575229 or 07780 701365 for details.
Friday 11th Drones Comedy Club at Chapter Clint Edwards brings you the best up and coming stand-up comedians from Cardiff and surrounding areas, who will be testing their material live at Chapter’s Drones Comedy Club. Meeting at 8pm in the Bar at Chapter for pre-show drinks and making our way into the venue at about 8.40 to enjoy the show. (Drinks can be taken into Drones.) Entry fee £3.50 on the door. For further information, contact Sian on 07788 581605 or just turn up.
Sunday 13th A Winter Warmer Walk – Graig Lisvane, Rudry & Caerphilly Mountain •• 8 miles Work off the Christmas and New Year excess and enjoy views over the Severn Estuary, across to Somerset and up the Rhymney Valley. This is a linear walk, starting at 9:30am from the Park & Ride car park at Lisvane and Thornhill Station and finishing with refreshments at the Malcolm Uphill Pub at Cardiff Rd, Caerphilly at 3pm approx. We will catch the train to return to the start, and timing details will be circulated as soon as the timetable becomes available. For more information contact Tony on 07813 874976
Sunday 13th Family walk – 14 Locks, Newport • 4-6 miles A pleasant walk passing by Pensam Cottage and Mystery Lock. Meet at 14 Locks Visitor Centre cafe at 11am for 11:30 Start. For more information contact Lawrence and Siyapat 07435 561663
Tuesday 15th Three Peaks Trial 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 YHA, East Tyndall St, Cardiff CF10 4BB at 8.00pm. Contact Chris L. for more info about the event on 02920 238576.
Saturday 19th Skittles Night Enjoy a fun-filled night of Skittles at the Half Way pub in Pontcanna. A good way to start getting in trim for 2019! All COG members welcome, plus friends aged 8 to 88!! Pre-order food at 6pm directly with the pub on 02920 667135 under CARDIFF OUTDOOR GROUP. Skittles from 7.30 prompt.
Entry is £1 per person to cover skittle hire and support Dave Plaintree’s Charitable Foundation for for inner city children to experience the great outdoors (Dave is a Duke of Edinburgh assessor who has assisted COG family youngsters with their Gold Award). Capacity of 45 so phone quickly to secure your place. Contact Sara Huebner on 07989 470184. It’s also a great chance to chat about volunteering at the Three Peaks Trial in March.
Sunday 20th Rhymney Ridgeway •• 9 miles Linear walk utilising public transport. Starting at Hengoed Railway Station and finishing at Lower Machen. There is the option of a bus back to Caerphilly or train to Cardiff. Those not wishing to use public transport can make arrangements to get between start and finish if preferred. BPL. More details from Roger on 07812 586989
Weds 23rd Change of Event. Previously advertised as a Bar Night at Wetherspoon’s The Gatekeeper, this will now be a meal at the Portuguese Madeira restaurant in Guildford Crescent. This will be our last chance to eat here as it closes at the end of January. I’ll also be celebrating my birthday! I’ve booked a table for 7pm. Please let me know if you would like to come along by Wednesday 16th Jan. at the latest. Contact Bob 07780 701365 or email@example.com.
Sun 27th Heritage Coast walk •• 8 miles Starting at Ogmore Castle and going over Ogmore Down, through St Brides Major, Dunraven Bay and back along the coast to Ogmore. BPL. Contact Ellie for more information on 07305 175963
Sunday 3rd Allt yr Yn and Mescoed Mawr Walk •• Moderate 7 miles with quiet lanes, woods, fields, a canal, two golf courses, a nature reserve and the view from Allt yr yn. Teashop at finish. Leave Chapter at 9.30am. Meet 14 Locks Visitor Centre (NP10 9GN OS Grid Ref: ST 279 886) at 10am – M4 to Junction 27, North on B4591 for half a mile, then turn right at brown Visitor Centre sign. BPL. Contact Martyn on 01633 257632 or 07773 710787.
Friday 8th Chinese Meal at the Summer Palace Join Jenny and Jeanette for a celebration of the Chinese New Year at the Summer Palace restaurant, Llandaff. Meet at 7pm in the Butchers’ Arms or 7.30pm in the restaurant. Contact Jenny by 1st February to book your place on 07983 402 780.
Sunday 10th Celebrating the end of Severn Bridge Tolls •• 5.5 miles The walks starts at the Boar’s Head Aust BS35 4AX just the other side of the river. Parking in village. Refreshments in Littleton upon Severn at the end. For more detail contact Jenny on 07968 603 811
Wednesday 13th Mid-week Get Together at Central Bar Darren will be upstairs at the Central Bar, 39 Windsor Place (Wetherspoons) from 7.30pm and would be glad to share the convivial company of other members for a bite to eat and a drink or two. Contact Darren on 07867 556 501.
Sunday 17th Llandaff to Pontcanna Fields Walk • 5 miles A circular walk taking in Llandaff, Pontcanna Fields and Bute Park with a possible coffee break at either the WCMC or a café in the park before returning to Llandaff for lunch at the Black Lion. Meet at the cross in Llandaff at 10am. If you would like to book lunch please book a place by Saturday 9th February by contacting Bob N 07780 701 365.
Sunday 17th Family walk from Merthyr Tydfil •• 7 miles A fantastic walk visiting both town and country. Calling at Cyfarthfa Ironworks, Vaynor Church and Morlais Hill. Start from Cyfarthfa Castle car park at 10:45 (SO 041 073) or meet at Chapter at 10am. Contact Lawrence on 07435 561 663
Weds 20th Penarth Sky and Seascape Evening Walk Meet at 7.30pm outside the Bear’s Head, Windsor Road Penarth, we will make our way down to Penarth’s Edwardian promenade to view this magical coastline by starlight. We will then head up past the Kymin to take in magnificent views of Cardiff and Bristol Channel from Penarth Head before returning to the Bear’s Head for refreshments and maybe a meal. Contact Sian on 07788 581 605.
Sun 24th Cistercian Way to Penrhys •• 9 miles Pontypridd to Rhondda Fach and the sacred shrine of Penrhys, passing Ynysybwl, Twyn y Glog hill, St Gwynno church with its medieval stone crosses and the remains of the medieval settlement of Carn-y-wiwer. BPL but possible pub stop at the Brynffynnon Hotel. Possibility of accessing this walk by train, more details nearer the time. Contact Sue on 07830 649498 for more details.
Weds 27th Around the World with Cardiff restaurants: Turkey Our next trip around the world’s cuisine with Judy, our very own culinary explorer, will take us to Turkey via Saray, a very good restaurant on City Road. It’s a non-alcoholic establishment which offers a wide range of refreshing drinks. For more information and to book your place, contact Judy on 07815195292.
Here are the monthly programmes in pdf form for viewing and printing.
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.