|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.
• 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: email@example.com
Social events: Sian D
E-mail Sian at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 14th August.
Friday 23rd – Bank holiday weekend Swanage YHA FULLY BOOKED.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.