|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?
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, please check with the event organiser.
Saturday 1st Sept North Gower Walk •• 12 miles The walk follows Wales’ coast path north from Rhosilli/Hillend for approx. 5/6 miles before moving inland through fields and up to the moorland of Llanmadoc Hill. Amazing variety of scenery – beach, sand dunes, low level cliffs, wooded glades, saltmarsh, woodland and open moorland with stunning views everywhere and lots of history. Moderate walk with one largish climb which will be taken very slowly. Even though relatively long this walk is suitable for all with paths well defined and easy underfoot. Meet at Chapter for an 8:30am start or at Hillend Campsite (SA3 1JD) near Llangenneth (car park at bottom by sand dunes) for 10:30. Car park was £3 last year – shop, cafe/bar and toilets available. Possibility of a swim/surf after or a weekend camp for those interested http://hillendcamping.com/index.php. BPL and camera and binoculars. Contact Gordon 07876594475
Sunday 9th Llangynidr, Talybont, Tor y Foel, Crawnon Valley •• 9 miles Starting at Llangynidr and walking along the canal to Talybont, then up the moderate incline of the Brinore Tramway, giving great views of Talybont reservoir to the base of Tor y Foel. Back down the Crawnon Valley. Leaving Chapter at 9:30am. BPL. Grading moderate/strenuous. Contact Bob 07780 701365 or 02920 575229.
Wednesday 12th Chapter bar night Meet from 19:30 in the bar area. Contact Bob 02920 575229
Sunday 16th Fan y Big •• 9 miles A lovely walk in the Brecon Beacons taking in Taf Fechan Forest, reservoirs 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 strenuous climb involved to the summit of Fan y Big. Start at car park at SO480163 above Pentwyn Reservoir at 10:00am. (Walk leader will not be going to Chapter). BPL. Suitable clothing for hill walking required including wet weather and warm clothing for unexpected changes in conditions. Contact Josie 0773 4445144
Sunday 23rd A Hike to Howle Hill •• 10 miles This Wye Valley walk will take us over Chase, Howle and Bulls Hills and offers outstanding views of the area. An Iron Age hillfort may be investigated in Chase Woods as well as a second encampment at Howle Hill. Refreshments will be available at the village of Walford before we make a leisurely return to Ross-on-Wye via Hom Green. Moderate walking with inclines. BPL. Meet at Chapter for 9.30 departure. The walk will start from Wilton Rd car park, Ross-on-Wye (just on from the bridge as you enter Ross-on-Wye) at 10:45am. Contact Sian on 07788 581605
Tuesday 25th Greek meal at the Hellenic Eatery, 7.30pm, 100 Crwys Road Cardiff. Contact Judy Penfold on 07815 195292.
Sunday 30th Southerndown to Llantwit Major Linear walk along the Heritage Coast. More details to follow. Contact Nicki on 07866 357298.
Sunday 7th October Under the Canal and up to the Punchbowl – an autumn wander •• 7 miles A moderate/strenuous walk from Abergavenny Bus Station car park to The Punchbowl and back, taking in the Llanfoist Incline. The tunnel under the canal is fairly dark so you may want to bring a torch or you can just put your hands on the shoulders of the person in front! The Incline is quite steep but only goes on for about a kilometre and that’s pretty much all the climbing for the day. Lots of history about this area and the Industrial Revolution is available on-line as you’d expect. The colours in autumn are beautiful as long as the wind hasn’t blown all the leaves down! Bring poles if you like them for the gradient up/down including the lanes. Depart 09:30 from Chapter if you want to car share or an early coffee. Meet at Abergavenny Bus Station car park at 10:45. Contact Chris on 078 125 117 36
Sunday 14th Steam in the Dean A leisurely day out in the Forest of Dean travelling by steam train. Starting from Norchard we journey through the woods up to Parkend, where we have the option of a stroll through the woods or have another train trip with the all-day ticket, or visit one of the two excellent pubs in the village for lunch. Meet at Chapter for a 09:30 departure which will give us time for a cuppa before catching the train. For more information contact Darren on 07867 556501.
Wednesday 17th Meal out Details nearer the time. Contact Bob 02920 575229
Sunday 21st Hill Walk. With Patrick Kelly. Details to be confirmed
Sunday 28th Capel Newydd and Cam Afon •• 7 miles A fine walk on the slopes of the eastern side of the valley which unlike the industrialised western side has more in common with rural Monmouthshire. Capel Newydd is the site of an old chapel marked by a simple iron cross. Meet at the layby outside Victoria Village Primary School, Abersychan, at 10:00. BPL. Contact Josie 07734 445144
Wednesday 31st Halloween Walk A spooky night-time walk around the lakes and woods of Cosmeston Park with a few surprises! Bring a drink/snack, and a torch is essential. Meet at 19:00 on corner of Lavernock Road/Cosmeston Drive (residential street opposite park entrance). Contact Darren 07867 556501
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.