Programme

MAY PROGRAMME

Please note we are unable to share cars unless in a bubble or household. We are required to maintain social distancing and follow COVID safety measures. The number of places on each walk are given in the descriptions below.  To book a place please contact the leaders using the email/phone numbers given below.

Wednesday 28th April , Evening Walk with Darren

Starting at 6pm, we will walk along a stretch of the river Taff which passes through Cardiff. Temporarily leaving the river, we will be visiting a fish and chip shop and then return to the banks of the river where we can enjoy our supper.

10 spaces are available for this walk, so if you would like to book a place please contact Darren.

Sunday 2nd May  -A Day Walk in Llantrisant Area with Josie

A 6 mile walk through woods, open land and fields with beautiful views if the weather is good. We will also visit the ruins of a small church. The walk is mainly on gravel tracks and fields with a couple of leisurely ascents.  There are around six stiles to go over too. One of the descents is down a loose stony track but the walk is relatively easy.  Bring a packed lunch.  There are 12 spaces on the walk.  If you would like to book a space, please contact Josie.

Bank Holiday Monday 3rd May   –    Burial Chambers in the Vale     8m Moderate 

To celebrate Beltane Day we will walk over gentle rolling countryside in the Vale of Glamorgan passing through several hamlets along the way, cross two small valleys and visit two magnificent burial chambers of major significance.

Twelve spaces are available for this walk, so if you would like to join me please contact Darren.

Wednesday 5th May, Evening Walk Sully Island with Sian

This short evening walk takes us over the causeway and on to Sully Island where we can explore and enjoy magnificent views up and down the Bristol Channel. We will then (Hopefully) finish our evening by enjoying drinks outside.

As the causeway is very uneven, please wear suitable shoes. 

I Have 11 places on this walk. To reserve your space, please contact Sian.

Saturday 8th May, Day Walk Pontypool with Jane O

Pontypool Ridgeway •• 12 miles.  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 Max 12 people. Ascent at beginning to Ridgeway – mostly easy terrain under foot

Sunday 9th May, Afternoon Walk Wenallt with Enid

Meet early afternoon for a 3ish mile Sunday afternoon stroll in the Wenallt Woodlands area to hear the birds and wildflowers including hopefully the bluebells. Terrain includes a couple of strenuous short ascents with all paths in good condition. To book a place contact Enid.  Numbers restricted to 15.

Tuesday 11th May, Lunch outside Chapter Art Centre with Jane O

To support our local art centre over these precarious times, Jane O’ has reserved a Table for 6 in the outside area of Chapter. So we can get together and enjoy lunch and a chat. To book a space on the table, please contact Jane O.

Sun 16 May, A Day Walk from Pontypridd with Gordon

Starting in Pontypridd we take a steady climb up to Cefn Eglwysilan for some spectacular views of the Taff valley, the Beacons and Bristol channel, returning via the Taff Trail, 6/7 miles, moderate to strenuous (2nd and 3rd miles are mostly steady climbing with a few steep sections including 160 quarrymans steps) though downhill after this. Climb is mostly through fields and along stoney tracks with return mostly on roads and good paths. BPL. Contact Gordon for one of the 15 places.

Wednesday 19th May, Evening walk MonkNash with Christine M

This evening walk ‘which is classed as a moderate grade’ from Monknash on a beach walk and back along the cliff, about 3 miles. Spaces for 11.

As we will be walking along a rocky beach, please wear suitable footwear.

To book your space on this evening walk, please contact Sian

Sunday 23 May, A Day Walk Lisvane Area with Tony

A tour of ridges and wooded valleys, 6-8 miles (2/3 boots), depending on any forestry work possibly limiting some access; superb views over the Bristol Channel to Somerset, Devon and the Brecon Beacons; moderate hills a certainty, some mud and stiles likely. To book one of the 14 spaces,  Tony R.

Wednesday 26th May, Evening, Cardiff Bay with Steve H

This popular 5 mile, easy, evening walk  from Cardiff Bay which also takes us through Penarth Marina, is a big favourite with COG’ers as it showcases what a lovely city we live in.

To Book one of the 11 places on this walk, please contact Sian

Sunday 30th May,  Cowbridge, St Hilary and a couple of castles with Sian

Starting at the once bustling market town of Cowbridge through a handful of The Vales lovely villages as well as two of this part of Glamorgan’s many castles, one medieval and one Elizabethan.

8.5 miles moderate grading. BPL.

To book one of the 14 spaces on this walk, contact Sian.

JUNE 2021 PROGRAMME

Please note we are unable to share cars unless in a bubble or household. We are required to maintain social distancing and follow COVID safety measures. The number of places on each walk are given in the descriptions below.  To book a place please contact us using the email addresses given below.

Wednesday 2nd June: Garth Evening Walk.

Spectacular views in (hopefully!) warm, summer evening sunshine on a walk up The Garth.The breath of view is truly amazing, the Severn Bridge to the east. Pen y Fan to the north. Flatholm, Steepholm and Somerset to the south and to the west, stretching as far as the eye can see are the vast wind farms on the peaks above the South Wales’ towns.

Saturday 5th June: Dyffryn Crawnon Valley, Brecon Beacons 15 miles Moderate

Distance 15 miles. Grade moderate. Location a circumnavigation of the beautiful Dyffryn Crawnon valley in the Brecon Beacons. For much of the day we will be walking on clearly defined tracks including the historic Brinore Tramway. There are two ascents one climb to summit of Tor y Foel, the second a gradual ascent back up out of the valley. Wonderful views on a clear day.

NEED to KNOW Be aware there is one ‘bad step’ section of the path where it has subsided away into the valley below. Some people may find the sense of exposure here uncomfortable but can be passed with care. Spaces available for 10 people. BPL

 Thursday 10th June.

A 4-mile walk, starting from Rhiwbina around the Wenallt and Greenmeadow Woods. Moderate, with some steep climbs. Possibility for refreshments afterwards. 11 spaces available.

 Sunday 13th June: Cwm yr Argoed 7miles Easy

Approximately 7-mile walk following a tributary of the Afon Afan before reaching high moorland and then ascending Foel y Dyffryn. An easy walk on good tracks and over grass.  Bring a packed lunch.  There are 15 spaces on the walk. No dogs or children please.

 Tuesday 15th June: Penarth Walk

Meeting at 6pm we will head off through one of Penarth’s finest parks and then enjoy some time on the pier and promenade with the now famous COG fish and chip supper! We will then take a walk along the beach (where boots are needed.) to discover fossils and dinosaur footprints. With plenty of daylight at hand, a leisurely evening is planned to enjoy each other’s company. 12 spaces are available.

 Sunday 20th June: Gwent Levels 11miles Easy 

A very easy and interesting walk around this hugely important SSSI reserve.  Walking across traditional meadows and along ancient drainage systems and mudflats we should see a huge array of wildlife. With lovely views across the channel and passing several interesting hamlets with impressive churches along the way, there is something for everyone.  BPL

Monday 21st June: Midsummer Solstice Walk up Pen-y-Fan.

Well, it has been a few years since we did it, but it’s about time we rekindled the COG tradition of making our way up Pen-y-Van to welcome in Mid-Summer. Just to keep in mind that Pen-y-Van is the highest peak in South Wales and not a walk in the park. But, if you have the stamina for an uphill walk, the paths are quite good. We will start this walk at 7 pm. With a limit of 12 walkers.

 Saturday 26th June: Three Peaks Challenge – REQUEST FOR VOLUNTEERS

COG’s massive charity fundraiser (raised over £10,000 in 2019) will be on a much-reduced scale this year with Covid safety precautions also in place. To run this popular annual event which is now in its 58th year we need many volunteers on the day (Covid safety with masks/sanitiser/social distancing/etc measures in place). For further information go to Cardiff Outdoor Group’s website and click on Three Peaks Trial.

If you are able to help, please email  threepeakstrial@gmail.com

 

Sunday 27th June: Glamorganshire Canal Walk 6miles Easy.

An easy-going 6-mile circular walk taking in Hayley Park, Melingriffith, Glamorganshire Canal, Tongwynlais and the Taff trail. 15 spaces available. BPL

 Tuesday 29th June: Explore Central Cardiff’s Parks.

We Cardiffians are blessed with the amount of gorges parklands that grace our city centre. So, with the hope of a sunny summer evening, this is the perfect opportunity to explore and maybe find out a little about the history of our Capital City’s green spaces as we go along.

After this walk has finished, there is plenty of opportunity for refreshments. This will be a 7pm start, with 11 spaces available on this walk.

 NON-MEMBERS THAT ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING ANY OF THEE WALKS PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING:

MID-WEEK ACTIVITIES: – shanny55girl@gmail.com

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES: – josie.lee2015@outlook.com

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If you are interested in becoming a member and joining a walk please email membership@cardiffoutdoorgroup.org.uk

You may may come on up to three walks before having to to pay membership.

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If you are a member you will receive emails updating you on what is happening. When walks are taking place, they will be advertised via email to all current members and you will be asked to book onto them via email so that the walk organiser has a record of your name.

Events will be advertised here.

If you are a member and have a walk in mind, please contact Josie (weekends) or Sian (midweek) with your idea.

You can see previous programmes which have been archived here.