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Weekend and Mid-week Walks

This is our full programme of walks for this season

This includes all of our mid-week walks, our light 'n leisurely walks, our 'A Little Different' walks and any other special events
so there should be something for everyone, but if not, then let us know and we'll see what we can do.
There's a map of our main meeting points on the 'Contact Us' page.

Important - If you intend to meet us at the starting point of a walk, please let the walk leader know in advance as there may well be last-minute changes.

Our Summer Tuesday evening walks are casual walks, alternating between starting points.

If you have any questions or want any further information on these walks, please contact us at :-
contact@islwyn-ramblers.co.uk

For a printable .pdf file of our programme, click here :- 2018 Spring programme

DATE DETAILS LEADER
Thursday 1st February 2018 The Blorenge
6 miles, Leisurely, Band B
A little bit down and a little bit back up again
past an abandoned village and pub
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Keepers Pond at 10.00am
Phil Jenkins
07704 116518
Sunday 4th February 2018
NOTE CHANGE of DATE and VENUE
Monknash to Marcross
6 miles, Leisurely, Band C
Snacks at the Plough and Harrow afterwards
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
near the Plough and Harrow at 10.30am
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Thursday 8th February 2018 Gaer Fort and Little Switzerland
6 miles, Leisurely, Band A
Bring your phrase book if you want to speak Swiss Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Bassaleg Church at 09.45am
Helen Menzies
07773 143944
Sunday 11th February 2018 Ewyas Harold
9 Miles, Moderate, Band D
Past the Deer Farm and Abbeydore
Refreshment at the Temple Bar afterwards
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.00am or
Ewyas Harold Memorial hall HR2 0EL at 09.55am
Will Harwood
02920 807936
Thursday 15th February 2018 Roath Park and Lisvane
6 miles, Leisurely, Band A
Stopping at the Griffin, Lisvane for a break
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Roath Park at 10.15am
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Saturday 17th February 2018 Gray Hill
8 Miles, Moderate, Band B
The epicentre of Ancient Gwent's last earthquake
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Llanfair Discoed at 10.15am
Marion Tamplin
01633 613872
Thursday 22nd February 2018 Castell Coch
6 miles, Leisurely, Band B
I bet we end up in the woods again...
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Castell Coch carpark at 10.15am
Lyn Jenkins
07580 440421
Sunday 25th February 2018 Dragon's Back
8 miles, Energetic, Band D
Spine-tingling views from the Dragon's Back !!
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Dragons Back Inn, Pengenffordd, LD3 0EP at 10.30am
Andrew George
07840 743791
Thursday 1st March 2018 Hensol Forest
6 miles, Leisurely, Band C
Old churches, forest paths and open views
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Hensol Forest carpark at ST031768 at 10.15am
Phil Purnell
07729 221799
Saturday 3rd March 2018
NOTE CHANGE OF DATE and VENUE
Barry to Rhoose
8 miles, Easy, Band C
returning to Barry by train with a late breakfast or
early lunch at Porthkerry Cafe
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Jackson Bay, Barry Island at 10.30am
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Thursday 8th March 2018
NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE
From Cardiff to Cosmeston
6 miles, Leisurely
We'll return by bus so bring your bus fare,
Lunch at the hilltop cafe, Penarth, en route,
ask Clive for train and bus times.
Meet at the foyer, Cardiff Central Station at 10.00am
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Saturday 10th March 2018 Bishopston
8 miles, Moderate, Band D
Down to the Gower so you might glimpse the sea
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.00am or
Caswell Bay carpark SA3 4RY at 10.30am
Andrew George
07840 743791
Thursday 15th March 2018 Pontypool Park
6 miles, Leisurely, Band A
Following in the landowner's footsteps
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Pontypool Park at 10.00am
Jan Watkins 01495 223909
Lyn Coates 01495 222842
Saturday 17th March 2018 Haresfield Beacon
8 miles, Moderate but leisurely, Band F + bridge toll
Scenic Walk, hills and woodland starting and ending
at the Vine Tree Inn Randwick for Lunch.
(I will need numbers for this nearer the time)
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.00am or
Vine Tree Inn, Randwick at 10.15am
Phil Purnell
07729 221799
Wednesday 21st March 2018 Summer Planning Meeting
Updates and planning for the Summer season walks
Risca Rugby Club at 07:15 pm
Phil Purnell
07729 221799
Thursday 22nd March 2018 Caerphilly Mountain
6 miles, Leisurely, Band B
Starting at the top, then downhill back up again
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Mountain Snackbar at 10.00am
Mike Showler
07814 006646
Sunday 25th March 2018 Llanthony Priory
9 miles, Energetic, Band D
Along the ridge at Offa's Dyke with a steep descent.
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.00am or
Llanthony Priory at 10.00am
Mike Showler
07814 006646
Thursday 29th March 2018 St Nicholas
7 miles, Leisurely, Band C
A haunted field near some ancient places
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
St Nicholas ST 090743, CF5 6SN at 10.30am
Cilla Hobbs 01495 246189
Ceri Williams 01633 666529
Saturday 31st March 2018
NOTE CHANGE OF DATE and VENUE
Maen Llywd
6 Miles, Moderate, Band A
Woods, valleys and hopefully some good views
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Maen Llwyd overflow carpark at 10.00am
Anne and Richard Beaugie
07905 062329
Thursday 5th April 2018 Manmoel
6 miles, Leisurely, Band B
Around the top of the valley
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Manmoel Village at 10.00am
Robin Williams
01495 246733
Saturday 7th April 2018 Caerphilly Challenge test run
10 miles, Moderate, Band A
A circular route including Twmbarlwm
We'll show them how it should be done !
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
Richard and Anne Beaugie
07905 062329
Thursday 12th April 2018 Twmbarlwm
6 miles, Leisurely
All paths will lead to the pimple
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
John Venn
01495 271953
Friday 13th April 2018 to
Monday 16th April 2018
Weekend away to the Beaches of Normandy
Various visits and walks
We'll have to wait and see what Clive's planned
Travel arrangements to be confirmed
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Thursday 19th April 2018 Bassaleg and Rhiwderin
6 miles, Leisurely, Band A
Rolling countryside but can get a little muddy
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Bassaleg Community Centre at 09.45am
Sonia Thomas
01633 680569
Saturday 21st April 2018 Darran Valley
8 miles, Moderate, Band B
The ups and downs of each side of the Darran Valley
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Parc Cwm Darran at 10.00am, £3 parking fee
Mike Showler
07814 006646
Thursday 26th April 2018 Crumlin and Pen-y-fan Pond
7 miles, Leisurely, Band B
Interesting paths to the cafe at Pen-y-fan and back
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
The Wexa at Crumlin at 10.10am
Robin Williams
01495 246733
Sunday 29th April 2018 Severn Bridge and Estuary
8 miles, Leisurely, Band C
Lovely open views across the Severn
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
The Bulwark, Chepstow NP16 5JN at 10.15am
Phil Purnell
07729 221799


Sorry - You're too late for the walks below - but there's loads more to come......
(Have a look in 'The Dungeon' for more of our past adventures)

Monday 1st January 2018 Goose and Cuckoo, Llanover
7 Miles, Moderate, Band C
A great way to celebrate the New Year
up to the ridge above Llanover to the
Goose and Cuckoo for soup and a roll
Leave Blackvein Road at 10.00am or
Goytre Wharf at 10.45am
Phil Jenkins 07704 116518
Thursday 4th January 2018
Probably not Hafod Tudor and Mynyddislwyn
6 miles, Leisurely, Band A
Poor Liz is unable to lead us so Helen will take us on a Mystery Tour
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
Helen Menzies
07773 143944
Saturday 6th January 2018 Mynyddislwyn from West End
8 Miles, Moderate, Band A
An uphill start from West End then great views!
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
The Crown carpark, West End at 09.45am
Jill Jones
07718 751475
Thursday 11th January 2018 Sirhowy Valley Country Park from both sides perhaps
6 miles, Leisurely
The path up the Skirrid is pretty awful at the moment
but sadly so is Sonia.... Mike has offered to take us out instead.
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Full Moon carpark a few minutes later
Mike Showler
07814 006646
Sunday 14th January 2018 Ruperra Castle
CHANGE OF VENUE

9 Miles, Moderate, Band A
The Walk starts from the Llwyn Hir picnic area and heads towards Draethen
and then onto Ruperra castle and Michaelston-y-Fedw. We return by
following the Rhymney river back to Draethen
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Llwyn Hir Forest Carpark (ST 2060 8663) at 10.00am
Chris Collier
07711 270996
Thursday 18th January 2018 Gwent levels, Newport
6 miles, Leisurely, Band B
This may just be hill-free !!
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Wetlands carpark at 10.00am
Mike Showler
07814 006646
Saturday 20th January 2018 Local Walk
7 Miles, Moderate
Not far to drive today, then !!
and you probably won't get lost
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.00am
Allan and Judith Elliott
01633 612521
Thursday 25th January 2018 Black Rock and Sudbrook
6 miles, Leisurely, Band B
A nice, level walk under the Severn Bridge
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Black Rock carpark at 10.15am
Phil Jenkins
07704 116518
Sunday 28th January 2018 Blaencwm and Penpych
7 Miles, Moderate, Band C
Steep path to the waterfall and then gently down
and up to the head of the Rhondda Valley
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Blaencwm carpark ay 10.30am
Phil Jenkins
07704 116518


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