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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 Summer programme

DATE DETAILS LEADER
Tuesday 1st May 2017 Evening Walk
Leave Blackvein Road at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire 07546 976990
Thursday 3rd May 2018 Location Risca
6 miles, Leisurely
No travelling today, we're there already
Leave Blackvein Road at 9.30am
John Venn
01495 271953
Saturday 5th May 2018 Bettws Newydd Bluebell Wood
6 Miles, Moderate, band B
Clytha Castle and the iron-age fort to see
the bluebells at their bluest and best
Leave Blackvein Road at 9.30am or
NT carpark at SO 361085 at 10.15am
Richard and Anne Beaugie
07905 062329
Tuesday 8th May 2018 Evening Walk
Leave Risca Leisure Centre at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire 07546 976990
Thursday 10th May 2018 Hensol Castle
6 miles, Leisurely, band C
Old churches, forest paths, and open views
Leave Blackvein Road at 9.30am or
Hensol Forest carpark at ST031768 at 10.15am
Phil Purnell
07729 221799
Saturday 12th May 2018 Caerphilly Challenge
10 Miles, Moderate to Energetic
It's our turn to host this year's Caerphilly Challenge.
If you are helping to lead or backmark,
there is no need to register, just turn up.
If you want to walk any of the other Challenges
then you must register on the Council website.
Meet at Crosskeys College at 8.45am
Richard and Anne Beaugie
07905 062329
Tuesday 15th May 2018 Evening Walk
Leave Spiritualist Church, Pont-y-Waun at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire 07546 976990
Thursday 17th May 2018 Ochrwyth and Machen Mountain
6 miles, Leisurely
An ancient bridge and up to the mountain
Leave Fields Park Road by the river, Pontymister at 9.30am
Sonia Thomas
07814 006646
Saturday 19th May 2018 Barry and 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 9.30am or
Jackson Bay, Barry Island at 10.30am
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Tuesday 22nd May 2018 Evening Walk
Leave Blackvein Road at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire 07546 976990
Thursday 24th May 2018 Abergavenny and Govilon
6 miles, Leisurely, band C
Along the river, railway and canal banks
Leave Blackvein Road at 9.30am or
Byefield Lane car park, NP7 5DL, at 10.15am
Mike Showler
07814 006646
Sunday 27th May 2018 Patrishow and Cwmyoy
7 miles, Moderate, band D
Crooked churches and moving mountains
Leave Blackvein Road at 9.30am or
or the crossroads at SO 284211 at 10:15am
Andrew George
07840 743791
Tuesday 29th May 2018 Evening Walk
Leave Risca Leisure Centre at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire 07546 976990
Thursday 31st May 2018 Local walk from Blackvein Road
6 miles, Leisurely
No driving involved unless its to a golf range
Leave Blackvein Road at 9.30am
Ken Wiltshire
07546 976990
Friday 1st June 2018 to
Sunday 3rd June 2018
Llandudno, Caernarvon and the Welsh Highland Railway
Train rides and walks in spectacular Snowdonia
Leaving at 8.00am for the Llangollen canal centre, a horse drawn barge ride
and a walk over the aqueduct if you want, then on to Chester's town walls.
More details to follow – watch the website
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Tuesday 5th June 2018 Evening Walk
Leave Spiritualist Church, Pont-y-Waun at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire 07546 976990
Thursday 7th June 2018 Cefn Mably
6 miles, Leisurely, band B
Refreshments at the pub afterwards
Leave Blackvein Road at 9.30am
Helen Menzies
07773 143944
Saturday 9th June 2018 Crook Peak, Axbridge
7 Miles, Moderate, band F + bridge toll
One long but not steep climb with views for 80 miles
Nice pub in Axbridge afterwards
Leave Blackvein Road at 9.30am
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Tuesday 12th June 2018 Evening Walk
Leave Blackvein Road at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire 07546 976990
Thursday 14th June 2018 Llanwonno
6 miles, Leisurely, band B
Climb past a waterfall to 'Ole Smokey'
for 360 views of the valley Leave Blackvein Road at 9.30am or
Brynffynnon Hotel lower end of carpark, Llanwonno, CF47 3PH at 9.45am
Ceri Waters
07815 308118
Saturday 16th June 2018 Cefn Onn
7 Miles, Moderate, band B
Up to Caerphilly Ridge for some great views
Leave Blackvein Road at 9.30am or
Cefn Onn Park at 10.15am
Doreen Ford
01633 761849
Tuesday 19th June 2018 Evening Walk
Leave Risca Leisure Centre at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire 07546 976990
Thursday 21st June 2018 Nantcarn Valley
7 miles, Moderate, band B
To the top of the valley and back
Leave Blackvein Road at 9.30am or
Lower carpark, Cwmcarn at 9.45am
Robin Williams
01495 246733
Sunday 24th June 2018 Skenfrith
7 miles, Moderate, band D
River bank along the Monnow, muddy fields and meadows
one climb but a nice pub at the end.
Leave Blackvein Road at 9.30am
Liz Holland
01485 200673
Tuesday 26th June 2018 Evening Walk
Leave Spiritualist Church, Pont-y-Waun at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire 07546 976990
Thursday 28th June 2018 St Nicholas
7 miles, Leisurely, band C
A haunted field near some ancient places
Leave Blackvein Road at 9.30am or
St Nicholas ST090743, CF5 6SN at 10.30am
Cilla Hobbs 01495 246189
Ceri Williams 01633 666529
Saturday 30th June 2018 Malvern Hills
8 miles, Moderate, band F
and now, somewhere completely different....
Leave Blackvein Road at 8.30am
Simon Foster
07816 450893
Tuesday 3rd July 2018 Evening Walk
Leave Blackvein Road at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire 07546 976990
Thursday 5th July 2018 Hafodyrynys
7 miles, Moderate, band A
Along the ridge to St Illtyd's Church
Leave Blackvein Road at 9.30am or
Hafodyrynys Rugby Club at 9.50am
Robin Williams
01495 246733
Saturday 7th July 2018
NOTE - Change of Day due to Velothon
Goytre Wharf
8 miles, Moderate, band B
Roman Roads, Canals and a spring with a legend
via hilltops and woodland and a little industry
Leave Blackvein Road at 9.30am or
Goytre Wharf at 10.15am
Phil Purnell
07729 221799
Tuesday 10th July 2018 Evening Walk
Leave Risca Leisure Centre at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire 07546 976990
Thursday 12th July 2018 Tintern Abbey
7 miles, Moderate, band C
Along the River Wye to the Devils Pulpit and
Offa's Dyke, Brockweir and the old station cafe.
Leave Blackvein Road at 9.30am or
400yds North of the Abbey on A466 at 10.30am
Mike Showler
07814 006646
Saturday 14th July 2018 Llangynidr and Tor-y-Foel
8 miles, Moderate, band C
Around the foot of Tor-y-foel or up to the top if you want
Leave Blackvein Road at 9.00am or
Llangynydr village car park, NP8 1LS, at 9.45am
Mike Showler
07814 006646
Tuesday 17th July 2018 Evening Walk
Leave Spiritualist Church, Pont-y-Waun at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire 07546 976990
Wednesday 18th July 2018 Autumn Planning Meeting
Updates and planning for the Autumn season walks
Risca Rugby Club at 07:15 pm
Phil Purnell
07729 221799
Thursday 19th July 2018 Llantwit Major
7 miles, Moderate, band D
Coastal walk along the clifftop to Nash Point
and back past the Atlantic College
Leave Blackvein Road at 9.30am or
Llantwit Major beach carpark at 10.30am
Mike Showler
07814 006646
Saturday 21st July 2018 Bridgnorth by steam train
6 miles, Leisurely, band H
From Kidderminster to Bridgnorth on the
Severn Valley Railway then time for a walk
or explore the town and riverbank
Leave Blackvein Road at 8.00am
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Tuesday 24th July 2018 Evening Walk
Leave Blackvein Road at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire 07546 976990
Thursday 26th July 2018 St Brides Major
7 miles, Leisurely, band D
Through the villages and fields to glimpse the sea.
Leave Blackvein Road at 9.30am or
St Brides Major carpark at 10.30am
Phil Purnell
07729 221799
Saturday 28th July 2018 Newland and the Wye Valley
7 miles, Moderate, band D
The wonderful 'Cathedral of the Forest'
beautiful views of the Wye Valley
Leave Blackvein Road at 9.00am or
Redbrook carpark, SO 536099, at 10.00am
Richard and Anne Beaugie
07905 062329
Tuesday 31st July 2018 Evening Walk
Leave Risca Leisure Centre at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire 07546 976990
Thursday 2nd August 2018 Morlais Castle
7 miles, Moderate, band C
Stunning views from the head of the Taff Vale
Leave Blackvein Road at 9.30am or
Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr at 10.15am
Robin Williams
01495 246733
Sunday 5th August 2018 Mewslade Bay
8 miles, Leisurely, band G
Bucket and spade time or your speedos if you're brave
Ups and downs along the coast and over the cliffs
Leave Blackvein Road at 9.30am or
Mewslade Bay carpark at 10:30am
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Tuesday 7th August 2018 Evening Walk
Leave Spiritualist Church, Pont-y-Waun at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire 07546 976990
Thursday 9th August 2018 Cwmsychan and The British
6 miles, Leisurely, band B
A lost village and dam up in the hills
Leave Blackvein Road at 9.30am or
Big Arch, Abersychan at 10.00am
Phil Jenkins
07704 116518
Saturday 11th August 2018 Ebbw Vale to Llanhilleth Rail Ramble
8 miles, Moderate, band A
Train to Ebbw Vale and walk back to Llanhilleth
for bird's-eye views down the valley
Leave Blackvein Road at 9.30am or
Llanhilleth Station at 10.00am (10.10am train)
Phil Jenkins
07704 116518
Tuesday 14th August 2018 Evening Walk
Leave Blackvein Road at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire 07546 976990
Thursday 16th August 2018 Pontypool Park
6 miles, Leisurely, band B
To the shell grotto and along the canal
Leave Blackvein Road at 9.30am or
Pontypool Leisure Centre at 10.00am
Mike Showler
07814 006646
Sunday 19th August 2018 Bishopston
8 miles, Moderate, band D
Down to the Gower so you might glimpse the sea,
don't know, as this is a new walk for us
Leave Blackvein Road at 9.00am or
Caswell Bay carpark SA3 4RY at 10.30am
Andrew George
07840 743791
Tuesday 21st August 2018 Evening Walk
Leave Risca Leisure Centre at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire 07546 976990
Thursday 23rd August 2018 Risca's byways and highways
6 miles, Leisurely
Interesting paths right on our own doorstep
Leave Blackvein Road at 9.30am
John Venn
01495 271953
Saturday 25th August 2018 Candleston and Merthyr Mawr
7 Miles, Moderate, band C
From Candleston Castle across the dunes to Newton
and back along the lanes and fields
Leave Blackvein Road at 9.30am or
Candleston carpark at 10.15am
Jill Jones
07718 751475
Tuesday 28th August 2018 Evening Walk
Leave Spiritualist Church, Pont-y-Waun at 6:30pm
Ken Wiltshire 07546 976990
Thursday 30th August 2018 Libanus
7 miles, Moderate, band D
Stunning views from an Iron-age hill fort
Leave Blackvein Road at 9.30am or
Tair Bull layby on A470, just past the
Brecon Mountain Centre turn-off, at 10.15am
Robin Williams
01495 246733


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
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
CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW AND ICE
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
CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW AND ICE
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 Risca Station for the 9.00am train or
the foyer, Cardiff Central Station at 10.00am
Clive Turner
07802 231371
Saturday 10th March 2018 Ad-hoc Local Walk
Due to the unavailability of the walk leader
today's walk will be a local walk to be decided at the time.
Meet at Blackvein Road at 09.00am
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 NOT St Nicholas
7 miles, Leisurely, Band C
Due to flooding the previously advertised venue
will be changed to elsewhere
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am
Cilla Hobbs 01495 246189
Ceri Williams 01633 666529
Good Friday 30th March 2018 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 10.15am for a 10.30 start
6-7 Miles, Moderate
Rob Southall
01495 270078
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
CANCELLED
Easter Monday 2nd April 2018
Caerphilly Challenge impromptu 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 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
Sunday 8th April 2018
NOTE CHANGE OF DATE and VENUE
Severn Bridge and Estuary
8 miles, Leisurely, Band C
Lovely open views across the Severn
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
the lay-by on the Southbound Carriageway of
the A466 Wye Valley Link Road at 10.15am
Phil Purnell
07729 221799
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
No dogs please as the fields are full of lambs
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 A
Interesting paths to the cafe at Pen-y-fan and back
Leave Blackvein Road at 09.30am or
The Wexa at Crumlin at 10.00am
Robin Williams
01495 246733
Saturday 28th April 2018
NOTE CHANGE OF DATE and VENUE
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


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