Wednesday 24th November: meal at Vegetarian Food Studio, 7pm. Join fellow COG’ers for some tasty vegetarian Indian food in The Vegetarian Food Studio, 115-117 Penarth Road, Cardiff, CF11 6JU ( ) A table for ten has been booked for 7pm (NB: they stop taking orders at 9pm.)

Sunday 28th November: Ogmore by Sea, Dunraven and St Brides Major loop, 6.5 miles, easy to moderate. The walk starts from Rivermouth car park, Ogmore-by-Sea, CF32 0PD (NB: there are charges for parking, which are apparently £6 all day, payment with coins or the ‘paybyphone’ app only). Meet at 10am outside the surf and life saving club building in the cark park. The walk takes us along the coast path to Dunraven, cuts inland to St Brides Major and then over the sand dunes to the Ewenny River, which we follow back to the car park. BPL.


Friday 3rd – Monday 6th December: North Cornwall, Caravan Holiday Park. Long weekend away (fully booked).

Sunday 5th December: Pontypridd Circular, 9 miles, moderate. Start from Treforest station at 10.15am: you can catch the 9.48am train from Cardiff Central or points along the way, or meet at Treforest station. We will walk up to Pontypridd centre with views of Mynydd Eglwysilian, then through Coed y Lan wood and down to Hopkinstown to cross the railway line through Barry Sidings Countryside Park and back to the start via Maesycoed. BPL.

Sunday 12th December: Parc Penallta and Eglwysilan Common, 8 miles, moderate. This walk crosses the countryside of Eglwysilan Common, providing good views into the Rhymney Valley, the Aber Valley and across to the Taff Vale. A visit to Llanfabon gives an opportunity for refreshments at Llanfabon Inn and a visit to the church. Some minor country roads and lanes are included and there is one main road to cross. Some steeper sections and may be muddy underfoot in places.  Wear walking boots and suitable outdoor clothing as it will be exposed at the top. BPL, no dogs or children. Meet at Parc Penallta main car park, Penallta Rd Ystrad Mynach CF82 7GN at 10am for a prompt start.

Tuesday 14th December: COG Christmas Curry. Join us for the COG Christmas Curry at the Bay Leaf Indian Restaurant in the High Street, Llandaff CF5 2DZ.  Meet at the restaurant at 19.30. If you are interested, we will need to know asap so that we can let the restaurant know the final number by early December.

Sunday 19th December: Brecon, the River Honddu and Pen-y-crug, 7 miles, moderate. This lovely walk has the feeling of Christmas about it as we make our way through Brecon town and on to the wooded valley of the River Honddu and over the slopes of Pen-y-crug where there are spectacular views of Brecon. Then on to Brecon Cathedral which should be decked out in its Christmas Glory. Here we can enjoy a drink and light refreshments before making our way back to our cars. Meet outside the main entrance to Theatre Brycheiniog for 10.30am start. There is ample car parking in this area. Walking boots are a must, BPL.

Monday 27th December: Tor y Foel, 8 miles, moderate. A leisurely stroll around the peak of Tor y Foel with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Meet at the Coach and Horses pub, Llangynidr for a 10.30am start.  BPL.

Tuesday 28th December: Burial Chambers in the Vale, 8.5 miles, easy/moderate. Meet at 10am outside St. Nicholas Church (CF35 6SQ) in the village of St. Nicholas for a glorious walk across meadows, through woodland and along ancient tracks, stopping to marvel at two impressive burial chambers built over 6000 years ago.  BPL                                                                                         

New Year Break in Tenby: Friday 31st December – Sunday 2nd January. This has been planned at short notice, so the timetable is fluid. The idea is to travel down on Friday to meet up and welcome in the New Year. There will be a walk on Saturday, which is New Year’s Day, and then a meal in the evening. If you are interested, you will have to book yourself into hotel or B&B. There are a number of us staying in the Belgrave Hotel (which may now be full) and others are in the Giltar Hotel. There are numerous other hotels / B&Bs nearby



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