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rambling around the Ebbw and Sirhowy valleys.....



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 .pdf file of our programme, click here :- 2017 Autumn programme

DATE DETAILS LEADER
Sunday 1st October 2017 Bomber Memorial and Beacons ridges
8 Miles, Moderate to Strenuous, Band D
A good lung-clearing session
on top of the World
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.00am or
Waterfalls carpark at 10.00am
Rob Southall
01495 270078
Thursday 5th October 2017 Sully Circuit
6 miles, Leisurely, Band B
Amble the lanes, fields and coast
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Saturday 7th October 2017 to
Monday 9th October 2017
Turners Tours Weekend Away - Cornwall
It's a mystery no longer! We're off to Falmouth.
Our 3-day Autumn tour to somewhere nice and warm
with walks around Falmouth town, Porthcurno, St Mawes
and probably Mevagissy too (that's easy for you to say!)
Contact Clive straight away to reserve your place !
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Thursday 12th October 2017 Horseshoe Pass, Cwmcarn
6 miles, Leisurely, Band A
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Lower carpark, Cwmcarn at 09.45am
Robin Williams
01495 246733
Saturday 14th October 2017
Note change of date
Ynysybwl
7 Miles, Leisurely to Moderate, Band C
Along the old railway line to Ynysybwl
then a long hill up to the ridge for great views
and back along an ancient cobbled road
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
limited roadside parking at ST 0765 9265 at 10.15am
Phil Jenkins
07704 116518
Thursday 19th October 2017 Silent Valley, Ebbw Vale
Doreens LXXX Walk

6 miles, Leisurely, Band B
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Beechwood House Cemetery at 10.00am
Terry Wilkins
01495 244866
SUNDAY 22nd October 2017
Note change of date to SUNDAY
Bristol and the Avon Gorge
7 Miles, Moderate, Band E plus bridge toll
Woods, valleys, bridges in the Avon Gorge
stopping at the harbourside for lunch
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Bristol Observatory, Clifton at 10.30am
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Thursday 26th October 2017 Cowbridge, Iolo's walk off the telly
6 miles, Leisurely, Band C
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Cowbridge Town Hall carpark at 10.30am
Jan Watkins - 01495 223909
Lyn Coates - 01495 222842
Sunday 29th October 2017 Sugar Loaf
7 Miles, Moderate, Band C
Stunning views around the Usk Valley
just avoid those low-flying jets...
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
NT carpark above Sugar Loaf Vineyard at 10.15am
Mike Showler
07814 006646
Thursday 2nd November 2017 Upper Dare Valley
6 miles, Moderate, Band C
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Dare Valley Country Park at 10.15am
Mike Showler
07814 006646
Sunday 5th November 2017 The Cwmdare Windmills
7 Miles, Moderate but at a brisk pace, Band C
Hillside and moorland to Lluest Wen Reservoir
and almost to the head of Rhondda Fach valley
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Cwmdare Country Park at 10.15am
Rob Southall
01495 270078
Sunday 5th November 2017 Gwent Area AGM
5 miles, Easy
A short, easy walk around the fields and woods of St Arvans
Meet at St Arvans Village Hall at 10.00am
to be followed by the AGM.
Lower Wye Ramblers
Thursday 9th November 2017 Piercefield House and Wyndcliff
6 miles, Moderate, Band C
through the Giants Cave to the ruined mansion
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Wyndcliff carpark at 10.30am
Phil Jenkins
07704 116518
Saturday 11th November 2017 Portishead
7 Miles, Easy to Moderate, Band E plus bridge toll
Sea views, woodland and old villages
with lunch at the Windmill afterwards
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Opposite The Ship Inn, Portishead at 10.30am
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Sunday 12th November 2017 Rememberance Day
8 Miles, Easy to Moderate, Band C
Rememberance Day service at the Bomber Memorial
above Llanover, soup at the Goose and Cuckoo afterwards
Meet at Goytre Wharf at 9.15am for 11.00am service
Pontypool Ramblers
Info from Terry Wilkins - 01495 244866
Wednesday 15th November 2017 Annual General Meeting
Group AGM and planning for the Spring season walks
Risca Rugby Club at 07:15pm
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Thursday 16th November 2017 Ynysddu
6 miles, Leisurely, Band A
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Ynysddu Hotel at 09.45am
Liz Holland
01495 200673
Sunday 19th November 2017 Mynydd Illtyd and Cefn Llechid
8 Miles, Moderate, Band D
The hills and moorland above
Sennybridge and Brecon to see for miles
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.00am or
Brecon Beacons National Park Centre at 10.00am
Mike Showler
07814 006646
Thursday 23rd November 2017 Rhiwderin
6 miles, Leisurely, Band A
Lovely views but could be a little muddy
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Rhiwderin Inn at 09.45am
Sonia Thomas
01633 680569
Saturday 25th November 2017 Cil Lonydd, Abercarn
6-7 Miles, Moderate, Band A
A steep and often muddy climb
but beautiful views from the top
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Abercarn Primary School at 09.45am
Jill Jones
07718 751475
Thursday 30th November 2017 Pontllanfraith
6 miles, Leisurely, Band B
Amble the lanes, fields and changing valleys
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Bryn playing fields carpark at 09.45am
please park furthest away from the pavilion
Ceri Waters
07815 308118
Friday 1st December 2017 Christmas Dinner at the Darran
A very pleasant social evening,
numbers will be limited so
please contact Lyn to book your place
The Darran Inn, Risca at 07:30pm
Lyn Jenkins
07580 440421
Sunday 3rd December 2017 Mynydd-y-Grug
7-8 Miles, Moderate, Band A
one climb then moorland and woodland
above the Sirhowy Valley
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Ynysddu Hotel at 09.45am
Liz Holland
01495 200673
Thursday 7th December 2017 Christmas Lunch at the Horseshoes
0 miles, Very leisurely, Bring your own band
A long, long walk from the carpark
all the way to the conservatory....
please contact Lyn to book your place
The Three Horseshoes, Pentwynmawr at 12.30pm for 01.00pm
Lyn Jenkins
07580 440421
Saturday 9th December 2017 The Wye Valley
9 Miles, Moderate, Band D
Not exactly sure where we're going to end up
but it's always nice in the Wye Valley, isn't it?
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
Anne and Richard Beaugie
07905 062329
Thursday 14th December 2017 Around our own area
6 miles, Leisurely
A local walk starting from Blackvein Road
Meet at Blackvein Road at 09.30am
John Venn
01495 271953
Sunday 17th December 2017 Twmbarlwm Mince Pie Walk
7 Miles, Moderate
Up to the top of of the tump on Twmbarlwm
to eat those all-important mince pies
and any other goodies you bring along
Leave Risca Leisure Centre at 10.00am
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Thursday 21st December 2017 Crickhowell and Llangattock
6 miles, Moderate, Band C
Along the canal and Usk Valley
for a pre-Christmas tea afterwards
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Crickhowell Tourist Information Centre at 10.15am
Mike Showler
07814 006646
Monday 25th December 2017 A Christmas Day Appetiser
7 Miles, Leisurely
An amble around Cwmcarn, bring you own lunch
Joint walk with the South Wales Long Distance Walkers Association
Leave Pontywaun Spiritualist Church at 10.30am
Anne Beaugie - 07905 062329
Grae Yeandle (LDWA) - 01633 893710
Tuesday 26th December 2017 Rhiwderin for Boxing Day
7 Miles, Leisurely
Our traditional walk to the Rhiwderin Inn
up to Ochrwyth and along the ridge
Leave Fields Road, Pontymister at 10.30am
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Thursday 28th December 2017 Cwmtillery Lakes
6 miles, Leisurely, Band B
A flat walk with good views and plenty of fresh air!
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Cwmtillery Lakes at 10.00am
Terry Wilkins
01495 244866
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
Rob Southall
01495 270078


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)

Sunday 1st January 2017 Goose and Cuckoo, Llanover
The first walk of the New Year into the hills.
Another tradition for bean soup and a roll.
7 miles, Moderate, Band C
Leave Blackvein Road at 10.00am or
Goytre Wharf at 10.45am
Rob Southall
01495 270078
Thursday 5th January 2017 Newport to Caerleon
6 miles, Leisurely, Band A
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Sainsburys Newport at 10.00am
Terry Wilkins and Doreen Ford
01495 244866
Saturday 7th January 2017 Parc Penallta
8 miles, Moderate, Band B
See if you can spot 'Sultan', the pit pony
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Gelligaer Road carpark (fee) at 10.00am
Mike Showler
07814 006646
Thursday 12th January 2017 Cwmtillery
6 miles, Leisurely but one climb, Band C
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
Liz Holland
01495 200673
Sunday 15th January 2017 St Brides Major and Ewenny Priory
7-8 miles, Leisurely, Band C
Across the fields, clapper bridge and stepping stones
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
Jill Jones
07718 751475
Thursday 19th January 2017 Pen-y-Fan Pond
6 miles, Leisurely, Band A
Around the pond and through the fields
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
Paul Jones
07891 130109
Saturday 21st January 2017 Barry to Rhoose
7 miles, Moderate linear, Band B
Back by train so bring your change
Breakfast at Porthkerry Cafe on the way
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Thursday 26th January 2017 A Return to Pontymister
6 miles, Leisurely
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
John Venn
01495 271953
Sunday 29th January 2017 Llanover
8 miles, Moderate, Band B
Along the riverbank and back past the church - probably.
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
Mandy Haines
01495 272548
Thursday 2nd February 2017 Caerphilly Circular
6 miles, Moderate, Band A
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Caerphilly Mountain Snack Bar, CF83 1HJ, at 10.05am
Sonia Thomas
01633 680569
Saturday 4th February 2017 Cwmcarn Forest Drive
7 miles, Moderate-ish, Band A
Moderate-ish depending on what the tree-fellers have done!
So let's see just what's left of the Scenic Drive
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.00am
Allan and Judith Elliott
01633 612521
Thursday 9th February 2017 Abergavenny to Govilon
6 miles, Leisurely, Band C
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
Mike Showler
07814 006646
Saturday 11th February 2017 Roath Park and Lisvane
7 miles, Leisurely, Band B
Around the park, past the reservoir to the church and a pub.
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Thursday 16th February 2017 Big Pit Circular
6 miles, Leisurely, Band B
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
Terry Wilkins
01495 244866
Saturday 18th February 2017 Llanbedr Horseshoe for Wimps!
10 miles, Moderate with one big climb, Band B
To the highest point in the Black Mountains - and the stars beyond
Limited carparking so car sharing is recommended.
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.00am
Andrew George
07840 743791
Thursday 23rd February 2017 Black Rock, Portskewett
6 miles, Leisurely and slow, Band B
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
Terry Wilkins and Doreen Ford
01495 244866
Sunday 26th February 2017 Gray Hill
8 miles, Moderate, Band B
Lovely views of Wentwood Forest, the Gwent Levels,
both Severn Bridges and the site of an earthquake!
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.00am or
Llanfair Discoed at 09.45am
Marion Tamplin
01633 613872
Thursday 2nd March 2017 Ogmore and Dunraven Bay
6 miles, Leisurely, Band C
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Ogmore carpark Eastern side at 10.30am
Sonia Thomas
01633 680569
Saturday 4th March 2017 Patrishow
7 miles, Moderate at an energetic pace, Band C
This week we're off up hills and valleys and visiting
an interesting old church to uplift your spirits
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.00am
Rob Southall
01495 270078
Thursday 9th March 2017 A little Local Walk
6 miles, Leisurely
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
Marion Tamplin
01633 613872
Sunday 12th March 2017 Around Big Pit
9 miles, Moderate, Band B
just don't look down, it's very deep
so we'll probably go up instead
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Big Pit carpark at 10.00am
Terry Wilkins
01495 244866
Thursday 16th March 2017 White Castle
6 miles, Leisurely, Band C
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
Jan Watkins
01495 223909
Saturday 18th March 2017 Pontlottyn (with Caerphilly Ramblers)
11 miles, Moderate / Energetic, Band B
A Practice run for the Caerphilly Challenge
past Capel-y-Brithdir with excellent views
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.00am or
Pontlottyn Station at 09.45am
Richard and Anne Beaugie
07905 062329
Thursday 23rd March 2017 The Blorenge
6-7 miles, Moderate and energetic, Band C
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Keepers Pond carpark at 10.15am
Mike Showler
07814 006646
Sunday 26th March 2017 Bishopston Valley
7 miles, Moderate, Band D
Around the beautiful Gower peninsular
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.00am or
Caswell Bay carpark at 10.30am
Andrew George
07840 743791
Thursday 30th March 2017 The Sully Circuit
7 miles, Easy, Band B
Sea views and a cafe for tea
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Saturday 1st April 2017 Byways of Mynydd Machen
8 miles, Moderate
Some routes around the hills that might be new to you
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
Rob Southall
01495 270078
Wednesday 5th April 2017 Summer Planning Meeting
Updates and planning for the Summer season walks
Risca Rugby Club at 07:15 pm
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Thursday 6th April 2017
NOTE CHANGE of DESTINATION
Pontypridd
6 miles. Leisurely, Band C
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
Ceri Waters
01495 227202
Sunday 9th April 2017 Ystrad Fellte
9-10 miles, Moderate with 2 short climbs, Band C
Waterfalls and riverbanks, but don't trip over behind the waterfall
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.00am or
Ystrad Fellte carpark at 10.00am
Liz Holland
01495 200673
Thursday 13th April 2017
NOTE CHANGE of DESTINATION
Kenfig Pool
6 miles, Leisurely, Band D
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
Lyn Coates
01495 222842
Good Friday 14th April 2017 Hot Cross Bun walk to Twmbarlwm
As usual we are joining many other groups
for this annual assault on Twmbarlwm from all sides.
Bring some buns for a bunfest on the tump!
Cwmcarn Lower carpark at 10.30am
Rob Southall
01495 270078
Saturday 15th April 2017 Axbridge and Crook Peak
7 miles, Moderate, Band F + bridge toll
One long (but not steep) hill with views for 80 miles
followed by a welcome rest in a nice pub afterwards
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.00am
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Thursday 20th April 2017 Cwmcarn Scenic Drive
6 miles, Leisurely, Band A
Leave Blackvein Road at 9.30am or
Cwmcarn Lower carpark at 09.45am
Andrea Price
01495 247105
Sunday 23rd April 2017 Craig-y-Cilau and Llangattock
8 miles, Moderate, Band C
Climb up to the Llangattock escarpment and take a long view
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.00am or
Crickhowell main carpark (fee) at 10.00am
Mike Showler
07814 006646
Thursday 27th April 2017 Crumlin to Pen-y-Fan Pond
6 miles, Moderate, Band B
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
The Wexa, Crumlin NP11 4PT at 09.45am
Robin Williams
01495 246733
Saturday 29th April 2017 Bettws Newydd
6 miles, Moderate, Band B
Visiting the Clytha fort where the
bluebells may still be in full bloom
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
National Trust carpark, SO 361085, at 10.15am
Richard and Anne Beaugie
07905 062329
Tuesday 2nd May 2017
CANCELLED - leader unavailable
Evening Walk
Leave Blackvein Road at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire - 07546 976990
Thursday 4th May 2017 Cyfarthfa Castle
6 miles, Leisurely, Band C
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Cyfarthfa Castle at 10.15am
Paul Jones
07891 130109
Saturday 6th May 2017 Caerphilly Challenge - Pontlottyn
If you are willing to lead or back-mark the 11-12 mile option, let Richard know
and then no booking or payment will be necessary. All other options
require booking and payment on the Caerphilly Challenge website
11-12 miles, Moderate to energetic, Band C
For leaders and back-markers, leave Blackvein Road at 08.00am or
Pontlottyn School at 08.45am
Richard and Anne Beaugie
07905 062329
Tuesday 9th May 2017 Evening Walk
Leave Risca Leisure Centre at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire - 07546 976990
Thursday 11th May 2017 Ynysddu, Up, up and away
6 miles, Leisurely, one short climb, Band A
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Ynysddu Hotel at 09.45am
Liz Holland
01495 200673
Sunday 14th May 2017 Trefil, Chartist Caves and Duffryn Crawnon
9 miles, Moderate to strenuous, Band C
Trefil (Tredegar) and then Chartists Caves and down into Duffryn Crawnon.
Back via the Brinore Tramroad, Dukes Table and Tafarn Ty Uchaf.
Moorland, mountain top and valley sides.
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.00am or
Railway Terrace, Trefil SO 121129 at 09.45am
Rob Southall
01495 270078
Tuesday 16th May 2017 Evening Walk
Leave Spiritualist Church, Pont-y-Waun at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire - 07546 976990
Thursday 18th May 2017 Cwmfelinfach Bluebell Walk
6 miles, Leisurely, Band A
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Wainfawr Park Carpark at 09.35am
Andrea Price
01495 247105
Saturday 20th May 2017 Maen Llwyd
6 miles, Moderate to energetic, Band A
From the Maen Llwyd along the ridgeway
for lovely views of 'both sides now'
and ending back at the pub
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
Richard and Anne Beaugie
07905 062329
Tuesday 23rd May 2017 Evening Walk
Leave Blackvein Road at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire - 07546 976990
Thursday 25th May 2017 Llandegfedd Reservoir
6 miles, Leisurely, Band B
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Llandegfedd at 10.15am
John Venn
01495 271953
Saturday 27th May 2017 Forest of Dean
8 miles, Leisurely, Band D
Around the old railways, forest paths and tracks
avoiding the wild piggies and deer if possible
through the beautiful natural forest.
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
Phil Jenkins
07704 116518
Tuesday 30th May 2017 Evening Walk
Leave Risca Leisure Centre at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire - 07546 976990
Thursday 1st June 2017 Penderyn and a waterfall
6 miles, Leisurely, Band D
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
St Cynogs Church carpark at 10.30am
Terry Wilkins
01495 244866
Sunday 4th June 2017 Fan-y-Big
8 miles, Moderate to Energetic, Band D
The best of the Brecon Beacons
and needless to say uphill to start
but those views, oh, those views...
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.00am or
Forestry car park at Torpantau, GR 056176, CF8 2UT at 10.00 am
Mike Showler
07814 006646
Tuesday 6th June 2017 Evening Walk
Leave Spiritualist Church, Pont-y-Waun at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire - 07546 976990
Thursday 8th June 2017 Llanthony Priory and the Vale of Ewyas
6 miles, Leisurely, Band D
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Llanthony Priory at 10.30am.
Mike Showler
07814 006646
Saturday 10th 2017 to
Monday 12th June 2017
Turners Magical Mystery Tours
Another exhilarating weekend away
Not too sure where we are going yet
but it could be North Wales, Llandudno, for example
or, of course, somewhere completely different.
Contact Clive to book your place.
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Tuesday 13th June 2017 Evening Walk
Leave Blackvein Road at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire - 07546 976990
Thursday 15th June 2017 Caerphilly
6 miles, Leisurely, Band B
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Caerphilly Mountain Snack Bar at 10.10am.
Sonia Thomas
01633 680569
Sunday 18th June 2017 Cwmtillery Lakes
7 Miles, Moderate, Band B
Up to the Blaenavon ridge for lovely views,
history and a breath of fresh air!
one steady climb.
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Cwmtillery lakes at 10.00am.
Liz Holland
01495 200673
Tuesday 20th June 2017 Evening Walk
Leave Risca Leisure Centre at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire - 07546 976990
Thursday 22nd June 2017 Pontypool
6 miles, Leisurely, Band B
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Pontypool Leisure Centre at 10.00am.
Jan Watkins
01495 223909
Saturday 24th June 2017 Porthcawl and Kenfig
7-8 miles, Moderate, Band D
through the dunes and beach to Porthcawl
with time for a swim or a paddle
and some candy floss if you're good
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Kenfig Visitor Centre at 10.15am.
Jill Jones
07718 751475
Tuesday 27th June 2017 Evening Walk
Leave Spiritualist Church, Pont-y-Waun at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire - 07546 976990
Thursday 29th June 2017 Gaer Fort and Ridgeway
7 miles, Leisurely, Band A
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
St Basils Church at 10.00am
Helen Menzies
07773 143944
Sunday 2nd July 2017 Landimore, Gower
6 Miles, Moderate, Band F
Following the coastal path then to St Cadoc's Church,
'The Cathedral of the Gower', past Weobley Castle and on through fields
Dogs must remain on short leads due to livestock.
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.00am or
Landimore, SA3 1HD, SS 464935 at 11.00am.
Sue Belcher and Dave Willis
07471 181181
Tuesday 4th July 2017 Evening Walk
Leave Blackvein Road at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire - 07546 976990
Thursday 6th July 2017 Gray Hill
6 miles, Leisurely, Band B
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
Cilla Hobbs and Ceri Williams
01495 246189
Saturday 8th July 2017 Radyr and St Fagans
7 miles, Leisurely, Band B
OK, Folk, off to the Folk Museum we go
across the fields while they last
before they become a giant housing estate.
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Tuesday 11th July 2017
CANCELLED due to bad weather
Evening Walk
Leave Risca Leisure Centre at 6:30pm
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Thursday 13th July 2017 Hafodyrynys and St Illtyds
7 miles, Moderate, Band B
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Hafodyrynys Rugby Club at 10.00am.
Robin Williams
01495 246733
Sunday 16th July 2017 Llanover
8-9 miles, Moderate, Band B
Around the lanes and riverbanks of the Usk
Old churches, chapels and may even be a canal bank
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
Mandy Haines
07879 057367
Tuesday 18th July 2017 Evening Walk
Leave Spiritualist Church, Pont-y-Waun at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire - 07546 976990
Wednesday 19th July 2017 Autumn Planning Meeting
Updates and planning for the Autumn season walks
Risca Rugby Club at 07:15 pm
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Thursday 20th July 2017 Rhiwderin
6 miles, Leisurely, Band A
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
or Basseleg Community Hall at 10.00am
Sonia Thomas
01633 680569
Sunday 23rd July 2017 Three Cliffs
7 Miles, Leisurely, Band F
Lets go to the seaside while the sun shines
Lots of lovely coastal scenery
and lunch on the beach for real sand-wiches.
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Tuesday 25th July 2017 Evening Walk
Leave Blackvein Road at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire - 07546 976990
Thursday 27th July 2017 Castell Coch
6 miles, Leisurely, Band B
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Castell Coch at 10.15am.
Lyn Coates
01495 222 842
Sunday 30th July 2017 Llantwit Major and Nash Point
7 miles, Moderate, Band D
The Glamorgan Heritage Coast
complete with lighthouses, foghorns, views
and old fossils (and that's not me !!)
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.00am or
Llantwit Major beach car park at 10.00am.
Mike Showler
07814 006646
Tuesday 1st August 2017 Evening Walk
Leave Risca Leisure Centre at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire - 07546 976990
Thursday 3rd August 2017 Abersychan Bomber Memorial
6 miles, Leisurely, Band B
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
Terry Watkins
01495 244866
Saturday 5th August 2017 Piercefield and the Giant's Cave
7-8 Miles, Moderate, Band C
mooching around the Wye Valley
and the remains of a very nice mansion,
a viewpoint and a cave for a smallish giant.
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or Wyndcliff Rocks carpark at 10.15am.
Phil Jenkins
07704 116518
Tuesday 8th August 2017 Evening Walk
Leave Spiritualist Church, Pont-y-Waun at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire - 07546 976990
Thursday 10th August 2017 Duffryn Gardens
6 miles, Leisurely, Band B
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Duffryn Gardens at 10.15am.
Mike Showler
07814 006646
Sunday 13th August 2017 Biblins and the Wye Valley
8 Miles, Leisurely, Band D
Swing bridges, ferry boats and a river -
couldn't be a better way to see the Wye,
might even be a cave or two if you're good.
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Tuesday 15th August 2017 Evening Walk
Leave Blackvein Road at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire - 07546 976990
Thursday 17th August 2017 Manmoel to Ebbw Vale
6 miles, Leisurely, Band B
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Manmoel Village at 10.00am.
Robin Williams
01495 246733
Saturday 19th August 2017 St Brides and Ewenny
8 Miles, Moderate, Band C
Across the fields, over the clapper bridge and through the trees to Ewenny Priory for lunch by the river and
back over the stepping stones to the pub.
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
St Brides carpark opp. pub at 10.15am.
Jill Jones
07718 751475
Tuesday 22nd August 2017 Evening Walk
Leave Risca Leisure Centre at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire - 07546 976990
Thursday 24th August 2017 Risca
6 miles, Leisurely
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
John Venn
01495 271953
Sunday 27th August 2017 Dolygaer to Trefil Quarries
8 miles, Moderate, Band C
From Pentwyn dam up Cwm Callan to the top of Duffryn Crawnon.
From there to the Trefil Top quarries,
back across the moors and down into Dolygaer
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.00am or
small carpark at Dolygaer, SO 054142, at 10.00am.
Rob Southall
01495 270078
Saturday 2nd September 2017 Penhow and Llandevaud
7-8 Miles, Moderate, Band C
Through lovely countryside and lanes
on the 'dark' side of Newport
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
contact Ken for an alternative meeting place
Ken Wiltshire
07546 976990
Thursday 7th September 2017 Monknash to Dunraven Park
6 miles, Leisurely but coastal hills, Band D
with a beach walk if the tide allows
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
carpark 0.5 miles past the Plough and Harrow, Monknash at 10.30am
Sonia Thomas
01633 680569
Sunday 10th September 2017 Machen Mountain
7 miles, Moderate
Forest tracks and magnificent local views
straight from our meeting point
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
Marion Tamplin
01633 613872
Thursday 14th September 2017 Salmon's Leap, Dinas Powis
6 miles, Leisurely, Band B
Countryside and an iron-age fort
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Dinas Powis village square at 10.15am
Cilla Hobbs - 01495 246189
and Ceri Williams - 01633 666529
Saturday 16th September 2017 Llangattock
10 Miles, Strenuous, Band C
Climbing 1600ft through the quarries, peat bogs and
caves (bring a headtorch with you) to the top,
then past the Lonely Shepherd on the way down
Leave small carpark at Llangattock at 09.30am or
you can arrange to meet at Blackvein Road
Simon Foster
07453 578987
Sunday 17th September 2017 Gwent Area Ramble
There will be a 9 mile strenuous walk and a shorter moderate walk,
both starting from Machen Village Hall at 10.00 am.
Afternoon refreshments for the returning walkers will be provided.
Roger Binding, South Gwent Ramblers
roger.binding at yahoo.co.uk
Thursday 21st September 2017 Nantcarn Valley
6 miles, Leisurely, Band A
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Lower carpark, Cwmcarn at 09.45am
Andrea Price
01495 247105
Saturday 23rd September 2017 Blagdon Lake and Cider 'Open Day'
5-6 Miles, Easy, Band F plus bridge toll
Early start to enjoy the cider open day
A few minor climbs and the cider tasting
with Morris Dancing, pub and food
Leave Blackvein Road at 08.00am or
contact Clive for an alternative meeting place
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Thursday 28th September 2017 Llanthony Priory and the Vale of Ewyas
6 miles, Moderate, Band D
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
Llanthony Priory at 10.30am
Mike Showler
07814 006646
Tuesday 29th August 2017 Evening Walk
Leave Spiritualist Church, Pont-y-Waun at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire - 07546 976990
Thursday 31st August 2017 Llancaiach Fawr for coffee
6 miles, Leisurely, Band B
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
or Penallta carpark near Rowan Tree Inn if open
Phil Jenkins
07704 116518


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