|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 for members?
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 on a walk, please check with the event organiser beforehand that the walk is suitable.
Wednesday 1st Meal out – Around the World in Cardiff restaurants – India – meet at the Himalaya restaurant in Wellfield Road, Penylan, at 7pm. To reserve your place, contact Darren by 24 April on 07867 556501.
Sunday 5th Three Churches and a Pub – a walk in the Vale of Glamorgan •• 8 miles From Peterston Super-Ely through St Nicholas, Pont Llanbedr and Llanlay Meadows. BPL. Leaving Chapter at 9.30am and walking from the Sportsman’s Rest, Peterston-Super-Ely (please do not park in the pub car park). Contact Sian on 07788 581605.
Tuesday 7th Evening stroll around Rhiwbina Followed by drinks at the Butchers Arms. Meet at the Butcher’s Arms, Heol-y-Felin, Rhiwbina CF14 6NB to start the walk at 6.45pm. (The number 21 bus runs to Rhiwbina from the city centre). Contact Katherine on 02920 881 572, email email@example.com.
Friday 10th Weekend – South West Coast Path part 1 A COG slackpacking event, walking with day packs and transporting camping kit by car for evening’s camp. Currently scheduled for 3+ days. Contact Roger on 07899 284 153.
Saturday 11th Three Peaks Volunteers Thank-you meal As a thank you to all the volunteers who helped to make the 3 Peaks a success again this year. Chance for a chit chat and a tasty meal. Venue TBA, somewhere around Llandaff. Meet up from 7.15 pm. Contact Sara Huebner for more details, 07989 470184 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 16th Theatre evening – Menopause the Musical at the New Theatre All-singing, all-dancing with a star cast and plenty of pop classics from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Although tickets have now been booked if you wish to come along, contact Judy Penfold on 07815 195292 to find out where we will be sitting.
Sunday 19th Rhossilli and North Gower •• 12 miles Amazing views along the coast path and from Llanmadoc Hill (500ft, the only major climb). BPL. Meet at Chapter 8.30am or Hillend campsite near Llangennith (car park at bottom by sand dunes, £3) for 10.30am start. Shop, toilets and café bar at start/end. Contact Gordon on 07876 594 475.
Wednesday 22nd Evening walk – The Mountain that is not there? A short (2 miles) uphill walk through woodland south of Radyr offering views with a difference. Meet in the layby alongside the car park of the Ty Nant pub in Radyr (Ffordd Treforgan) for 6.30pm start and ending the evening with a meal or drink. Contact Gordon for more details 07876 594 475.
Sunday 26th Walk from Clearwell Caves •• 7.5 miles A magical walk in ancient woodland with views across to the Beacons and down onto the meandering Wye. Walk the Burial path where coffins were once carried, visit Newland church (the ‘Cathedral in the Forest’), with the famous Miners’ Brass. Tea in the cafe at Clearwell caves after. Meet in the Clearwell Caves car park (OL 14 map ref 576 082) ready to leave at 10.20am. BPL. Contact Stella on 077 590 32 500
Thursday 30th Porthkerry evening walk • 3 miles Meeting in the car park of the Toby Carvery (formerly The Cwm-ciddy Inn.) Port Rd, Barry, CF62 3BA at 7pm for a walk full of history and local interest as we make our way through woodlands and on to Porthkerry Beach. We will then return to the Toby Inn for a drink. For further details, contact Sian on 07788 581605.
Sunday 2nd Hill and Ham south Gloucestershire •• 12 miles A rich and varied walk starting from the village of Stone, walking across meadows, through a deer park, past the longest family-owned house in Britain and visiting an award-winning pub! Meet at Chapter for a 9:30 departure. BPL. Contact Darren on 07867 556501.
Tuesday 4th Evening walk – Roath Park Join Jenny and Judy for a relaxing evening walk around Roath Park in all its summer glory. Followed by a drink / meal in the Three Arches pub. Meet in front of the Three Arches at 6.45pm. Contact Jenny on 07968 630811 or Judy on 07815 195292.
Sunday 9th Hidden Castles and Towers •• 10 miles Great views of the Beacons and Sugar Loaf from Buckland Hill, north of Crickhowell, then to Cefn Moel before dropping down to find the well-hidden remains of Blaenllynfi Castle, along the Roman Road to the fort on Allt-yr-Esgair and back past the Paragon Tower to speculate on why it was built. Leave Chapter at 9am or contact Jane O on 07539 339896/ email@example.com for details of start point. BPL.
Wednesday 12th Meal out – Mezza Luna, Moroccan/Lebanese restaurant Our round-the-world trip via Cardiff restaurants takes us to Morocco and this award-winning licensed eatery on City Road. To book a place contact Jill on 07505 740689 / firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 31st May.
Friday 14th Weekend away – Sian’s birthday Details to follow.
Tuesday 18th Evening walk to Cardiff Bay From Cardiff Museum into Bute Park, we will make our way down to Cardiff Bay via the Cardiff Bay wetlands centre, before visiting one of the many bars in the Bay. Heading back on the train to Cardiff Queen St. Meet at the Museum at 6.30pm to leave promptly. Contact Katherine on 02920 881572 / email email@example.com.
Sunday 23rd Salmon Leap Walk • 5 miles. Walk on well-marked tracks through woodland, starting from Dinas Powys, followed by post-walk drinks. Leave at 10am from Chapter or 10.30am from Dinas (park on road near village square). Contact Jill 07505 740689 or Fiona 07803 406186.
Wednesday 26th Evening walk – Nant Fawr Community Woods and Llanishen Reservoir Walk along the wooded corridor of Nant Fawr to Llanishen Reservoir – both sites of special scientific interest with an abundance of wild flowers. This 3.5 mile walk starts at 6.30pm at the top end of Roath Park Lake (next to the Wild Gardens). For further details contact Gordon on 07876 594475.
Saturday 29th COG’s BIG 75TH BIRTHDAY BASH Celebrate an amazing 75 years of the Cardiff Outdoor Group at the Rhiwbina Recreation Club with ceilidh band Cat’s Claw, cake, buffet and bubbly. Tickets £15 (£10 for under 18s). Tickets on sale at COG events or via website (details to follow).
Saturday 30th Keeper’s Pond and Blorenge •• 7.5 miles Through South Wales’ industrial heritage and beautiful scenery. From Keepers’ Pond near Blaenavon we take the tramroad to the Punch-bowl pond for a picnic, then to the summit of Blorenge, passing the Foxhunter memorial on the return. BPL. Meet at Keepers’ Pond car park at 10:30am. Contact Josie on 07734 445144.
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.