Programme

 

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.

Walk grading

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?     

Please contact the programme organisers below:

Weekend walks:  Josie L

E-mail Josie at:    programmes@cardiffoutdoorgroup.org.uk

If you would like to bring children (under 17) or dogs, please check with the event organiser.

 

 

March programme

Friday 1st –  Sunday 3rd                St David’s Pembrokeshire weekend FULLY BOOKED

Sunday 10th                   Tintern into Gloucestershire ••  7 miles   Moderate walk from Tintern into Gloucestershire. Tea stop at end. Starting from Tintern Abbey car park at 10:30am. BPL. Contact Helen on 07845 117189.

Wednesday 13th           Chapter Bar Night    Meet from 19:30 in the bar area. Contact Bob on 02920 575229.

Sunday 17th                          St Patrick’s Day walk in the Vale of Glamorgan – Three Churches and a Pub  ••  8 miles    This lovely walk takes us from Peterston-super-Ely and on in a figure of eight, firstly to the village of St Nicholas and then along  Pendoylan Moors and across the Pont Llanbedr (an ancient crossing place over the River Ely) before exploring the National Trust’s Lanlay Meadows, which has SSSI status. We then make our way back through small hamlets and open countryside for a well-earned drink at one of Peterston’s hostelries. BPL. Leaving Chapter at 09:30. Walk starting at 10am outside The Sportsman’s Rest, Peterston-Super-Ely (please do not park in the pub car park.) Contact Sian on 07788 581 605.

Tuesday 19th                  Three Peaks Trial Volunteer Briefing   If you’ve volunteered for our massive annual fundraising event – the Three Peaks Trial Challenge Walk – then coming along to the briefing is a must, to go through final preparations for the day. Meeting starts at 8pm at the Sophia Gardens National Sports Centre (Sophia Suite). Contact Chris L for more information about the event on 029 2023 8576 or, to volunteer, email Sara Mallett at sara@lloydfm.com.

Friday 22nd                     A Night at the Proms with Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra   Join me at St David’s Hall to experience the thrills of A Night at The Proms. Meet up at 7.10pm to take our seats for 7.30pm. Prices for tickets start at £7.00, but I am looking at tickets within the £10 to £12.00 range. I will need to book all tickets by Friday 8th May at the latest. For more information and to book a space, contact Sian on 07788 581 605.

Sunday 24th                   Afan Valley walk  ••  7.5 miles    A peaceful trail in Afan Forest Park follows a figure of eight. The first loop is a must for Richard Burton fans, taking in some iconic landmarks linked to the actor. The second half runs through the forestry of the Afan Valley which is known as Little Switzerland due to its alpine appearance. Meet at Rhyslyn Car Park, Pontrhydyfen at 10:00 for 10:15 start. Contact Josie for more details 07734 445 144.

Thursday 28th                Meal at Miller & Carter with Katherine T   Although Miller & Carter is known for its tasty steaks, the menu has other options for the non-meat eaters among us. Join Katherine at 7.30pm for a delicious meal at Miller & Carter, 9-11 The Hayes, central Cardiff. Contact Katherine on 02920 881572 or email katherinet248@gmail.com to book your place by 28th Feb.

Saturday 30th             South Wales Three Peaks Trial The 3PT challenge walk is COG’s massive charity fundraiser. Last year the event made over £8,000 for outdoor related charities. To run this popular annual event which is now in its 56th year we are in need of a small army of volunteers to enable the day to run smoothly. For further information go to Cardiff Outdoor Group’s website and click on Three Peaks Trial.

 

April programme

Wednesday 3rd             City Centre Social Evening – by train, bus or bike, whichever way you travel to the city centre, join Darren for a pint, something to eat or just the convivial company of your fellow COGs at Yates, Greyfriars Road, from 7pm onwards. For further information, contact Darren on 07867 556501.

Sunday 7th                     Llanwynno and Cwm Clydach ••  11 miles   Total ascent of 1200ft.  Starting opposite the church in Llanwynno (postcode CF37 3PH, NGR 030 956). Walk mostly on forestry tracks. BPL. Options for a drink at end of walk at the excellent Brynffynnon Hotel. Contact Roger on 07899 284 153.

Wednesday 10th           Evening Coastline Walk and visit to the Boat House at Sully   As the evenings draw out this is a good opportunity to take in the sea air before visiting this contemporary café bar, which has opened on the site of the old Sully Inn, for drinks and maybe a light meal. Meet in the layby outside Sully Church at 7pm. We will arrive at the Boat House at about 8pm. Contact Sian on 07788 581 605.

Sunday 14th                          Tredegar and our Industrial Heritage  ••  9.5 miles    A circular route with no difficult ascents. Along the route we will find out about Tredegar’s rich history through a series of stainless steel artworks celebrating the men and women who helped to shape the town. Starting from the car park next to Bedwellty House, Tredegar NP22 3NA at 10am. BPL.  Contact Josie on 07734 445 144.

Friday 19th – Monday 22nd               Easter at Portland YHA   Details to follow

Thursday 25th              Evening Walk around Bute Park   Make the most of the spring evening and join Katherine T in a pleasant and companionable walk around Bute Park followed by a quiet drink to end the evening. Meet outside The Brewhouse Kitchen (formerly the Mochyn Du) in Sophia Gardens at 6.20pm. For further details, contact Katherine on 02920 881572 or email katherinet248@gmail.com.

Sunday 28th                   In and above the Honddu Valley, Black Mountains  ••/ ••• 11 miles    Starting from the Priory, we head up the valley as far as Capel-y-ffin, then climb up on the ridge and follow the high ground back, walking down the dramatic Cwm Bwchel valley to get back to our starting point. Meet at Chapter for a 09:30 departure. BPL. Contact Darren for more details 07867 556 501.

 

Here are the monthly programmes in pdf form for viewing and printing.

March 2019 programme

april 2019 programme

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.

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