Programme

JANUARY 2023

Wednesday 25th January: Rhiwbina lunch-time concert. Music recital at the Beulah United Reformed Church, Rhiwbina at 1pm. Featuring Rhian Porter on cello, Rhys Taylor on clarinet and Caradog Williams on piano.  Pay £5 on the door.

Wednesday 25th January: Chinese New Year Meal. Come along and celebrate the Chinese New year at the Summer Palace, Llandaff High Street, at 7.30 pm. There are a limited number of places. If you are interested the organiser will need to know by Monday January 9th. The restaurant requires a £5 per head deposit which the organiser will need to have by Thursday 12th.

Sunday 29th January: Nantgarw – Taff’s Well circular walk – 8 miles, moderate. Meet outside Nantgarw Showcase Cinema for a 10.30am start. Free parking at CF15 7QX. Costa Coffee available at end of walk.

FEBRUARY 2023

Sunday 5th February: No Walk Offered

Tuesday Feb 7th: Lunch at the Toby Carvery. Lunch at the Toby Carvery, Whitchurch (Mason’s Arms), 21 Ty’n-Y-Parc Rd, Cardiff CF14 6BH at 12 noon. The cost is reasonable at about £9 for a regular plate. Bob will book a table so will need to know your interest by Tuesday 31st Jan.

Sunday 12th February: Caerphilly to Mynydd Rudry – 7-8 miles, moderate. Meet at entrance to Caerphilly train station at 10.30am. Park at the train station or meet after arriving by train (the 10.05am from Cardiff arrives at 10.25am, if the trains are running!). There are some muddy sections but mostly on clear paths.  Route is from train station to Mynydd Rudry then along tracks to Maen Lwyd pub (passing by) where there are picnic tables nearby. Then, return via Rhymney Valley Ridgeway with the intention to end the walk at Weatherspoons Caerphilly. BPL

Wednesday February 15th: Classical Cafe (guitar). Classical Cafe (guitar) at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama at 6 pm. Join for a drink (food also available) and free music in the foyer.

 Sunday 19th February – Picturesque Piercefield – 7 miles, moderate. Meet at 10.30am outside the main entrance to Chepstow Castle. Suggested parking at Castle Dell Car Park where there is a minimum charge on a Sunday. This walk takes us from Chepstow Castle through woodlands that skirt The River Wye and on to the remains of the once magnificent Piercefield Estate. Here we will retrace the paths laid out in the 1750s by Valentine Morris, the owner of Piercefield.  This is a wonderfully picturesque walk that is brimming with the fascinating but now rather tainted history of how the gentry lived in the mid eighteenth century. We will hopefully finish this walk with refreshments in Chepstow’s town centre. BPL.

Tuesday 21st February: Pub Night. Meet from 7pm on top floor at Wetherspoon’s ‘The Gatekeeper’ Westgate Street.  A cheerful and good value for money night is always guaranteed, and in the company of fellow COGers, what could be better! Come along for a drink and a bite to eat, or just a drink.

Wednesday 22nd February: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama ‘Band of The Welsh Guards’. The Band of the Welsh Guards was formed in 1915 and maintained a strong connection with RWCMD throughout the years. The band will be joined by the college’s instrumentalists to make this concert of stunning Welsh music an unforgettable performance. Meet in RWCMD Cafe Bar from 6.30pm onwards to take seats at 7.20pm. Tickets cost £16.00; £14.00 concession; or ‘For those of us who earn Time Credits, a limited number of free seats are available for this concert’. Individuals should book their own tickets from the RWCMD website: https://www.rwcmd.ac.uk/events/2023-02/band-welsh-guards

Thursday 23rd February: Lunch at La Dolce Vita. Meet at La Dolce Vita, 5 Wellfield Road CF24 3NZ at 12.30pm. Please let the organisers know if you would like to join by Tuesday 21st as numbers are needed by the restaurant.

Saturday 25th February: Blorenge – 7 miles, moderate. Meet 11.00am at Keepers Pond car park on Blorenge on the B4246 between Abergavenny and Blaenavon (Grid Ref, SO 254107). This walk takes in one of the peaks of the COG Three Peaks Trial Challenge Walk which will take place on Saturday 25th March. It is therefore a great opportunity to come and find out more about the event and volunteering from the COG 3PT coordinator who’s leading this walk. The walk is based on one included in the Countryfile magazine (see https://www.countryfile.com/go-outdoors/walks/walk-blorenge-monmouthshire) and includes the scenic Punchbowl Lake and the summit of Blorenge with spectacular views over the Black Mountains. BPL. Possibility of beer/coffee in local hostelries at the end of the walk.

NON-MEMBERS THAT ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING ANY OF THESE WALKS OR SOCIAL EVENTS ARE WELCOME, TO TRY THE GROUP OUT BEFORE JOINING. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION EMAIL:  info@cardiffoutdoorgroup.org.uk

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

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