Welcome to
Islwyn Ramblers
rambling around the Ebbw and Sirhowy valleys.....

Islwyn Ramblers - the History and the Small Print

Islwyn Ramblers were formed in 1998 by a small group of Ramblers based in Risca.
They enjoyed exploring their local area and they enjoyed good company.
The logical thing was to team up and ramble together.
So being members of The Ramblers' Association, that's what they did - and called themselves Islwyn Ramblers.
Now its grown from just a few to just a horde, between 70 and 80 at full count
- with anything from 15 to 30 ramblers enjoying the countryside each week.

Some General Information on our Walks and Group

For the sake of our members and our environment Islwyn Ramblers are a NO SMOKING group.
We normally meet before walks at the car park adjacent to the playing fields at Blackvein Road, Cross Keys. (Grid Reference ST 226914)
There's a very good map on the 'Contact Us' page.
Unless otherwise indicated dogs are welcome but must be well behaved and under full control AT ALL TIMES.
Strong boots or shoes should always be worn and bring waterproof clothing.
Bring food and drink especially if on a longer walk.
People participating in the group's activities do so at their own risk.
Whilst leaders will take every care for the safety of walkers, the group can accept no liability for injury.
Please satisfy yourself that you are fit, and properly equipped for the walks you choose to join.
The walk leaders reserve the right to cancel or alter the walk without prior notice.
Walk leaders will appoint a back marker to close and secure gates.
Group meetings are held at Risca Rugby Club and at other local venues at regular intervals.
There is no charge for joining us on our walks. However, after 3 walks visitors would be expected to join
The Ramblers' Association, the charity working for the walkers.

Car Sharing

Car sharing is encouraged and a band code for the round trip is used to allow walkers to
make a fair voluntary contribution towards travel costs. The band is shown against each walk.
Band A - (1 - 20 miles) £2.00
Band B - (21 - 40 miles) £3.00
Band C - (41 - 60 miles) £4.00
Band D - (61 - 80 miles) £5.00
Band E - (81 - 100 miles) £6.00
and so on as and when we travel to the furthest reaches of South Wales and beyond

Key to walks :-

Easy - Short easy-going with slight hills. (Ideal for webmasters with hangovers)
Leisurely - Fairly easy going, some climbs and descents but with time to stop and look around (perfect for webmasters)
Moderate - One or two uphill climbs that will be taken at a steady pace. (webmasters act as backmarker due to short legs)
Energetic - Brisk pace of walking and some steeper uphill climbs (Webmasters must be carried...)
Strenuous - Steep climbs and / or long walksthat require a good level of fitness and stamina. Not suitable for leisure walkers (or webmasters).

Group Officers

Chairman - Jill Jones
Secretary - Phil Purnell
Membership Secretary - Judith Elliott
Treasurer - Mike Showler
Rights of Way Officer - Liz Holland
Webmaster and Walks Programme Co-ordinator - Phil Jenkins

All rights reserved - Islwyn Ramblers
The 'Ramblers Boots' painting is © David Williams - To see more of David's paintings go to the links page.