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2024


April


Thursday 4th - Risca To Ridgeway Circular

7 Miles, Moderate, Band A
Departing from the leisure centre, we will follow a lane and then the Right of Way through Newport Golf Club,
continuing through Mount Pleasant Housing Estate to reach Fourteen Locks for a coffee stop.
Following the break, the walk will proceed along the Canal Towpath
before a short, steep climb to the Ridgeway for lunch, where we can enjoy the vista, weather permitting.
After lunch, we will follow a lane back down to the Towpath,
taking this route back to Pontymason Lane, and finally returning to the starting point.
The paths through the Golf Club and the fields up to the Ridgeway are a little muddy
There are no styles on this walk and it’s mostly flat with one short steep climb up to the Ridgeway.
There are toilets at Fourteen Locks and the Ridgeway.
Meet at Risca Leisure Centre free car park, Post Code: NP11 6GH. at 10:00am.
Contact: Phil Purnell 07729 221799

Saturday 6th - Joint Group Walk
Of The Caerphilly Challenge Route

11 miles, Moderate, Band B
This is a joint walk with Caerphilly Ramblers and led by them.
The hike commences at Idris Davies School and leads upwards, offering a challenging ascent past Pontlottyn,
where we'll embark on the scenic Rhiw Cantorion Track.
Traversing through the serene forestry, we'll then descend into the picturesque Parc Cwm Darren.
Continuing our journey, we'll ascend along hillside tracks towards Deri,
granting panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
Descending briefly, we'll cross the valley and ascend once more
to join the Rhymney Valley Ridgeway, culminating at Cefn Y Brithdir.
Our descent brings us back to the valley floor and return to the starting point.
Meet at layby on the private approach road to Idris Davies School Abertysswg. at 09:30am
Post Code: NP22 5XF, W3W: ///scanty.riches.mixes
Contact: Karen Ford 07557 780784

Thursday 11th - Tintern to Chepstow linear east side

7 miles, moderate
This walk entails a short bus ride before the start
to enable us to complete a linear walk from Tintern to Chepstow on the east side of the Wye,
partly along the “Offa’s Dyke”path and Gloucester Way.
The walk starts at Tintern then crosses the river before a long but gradual climb
up to Lippets Grove for great views over the the Wye valley.
It then continues along Offa’s Dyke path to Worgans wood and boatyard plantation.
On reaching Boughspring village we follow the Gloucester way to Woodcroft before returning to Chepstow.
There is 1 long climb but only minor slopes after reaching Offa’s Dyke path.
The walk is mainly on good footpaths just taking care for small tree roots
This walk is dog friendly(inc bus £1.50 charge) and remember your bus passes
Meet at Welsh street car park Chepstow, post code NP16 5JA at 09.30am
(Note earlier meet time to co-ordinate with bus)
Contact: Clive Turner 07720 404825

Saturday 13th - Rhigos mountain & Craig Y Llyn circular

8.5 Miles, 1,000 Feet total ascent, Moderate. Band C
A hill walk with great views across to the Brecon Beacons, the Carmarthen Fans, Rhondda valley and more on a clear day.
Mostly on good forestry roads, but a couple of sections could get muddy and a few areas are deeply rutted.
The route also includes forestry tracks and hillside paths which are sometimes close to steep drops.
Our Walk will take us through Pen Y Cymoedd wind farm, the Rhigos dark skies area,
past the Zip World top tower, to Craig Y Llyn trig point and Willy Llewellyn’s memorial.
Meet at Hendre’r Myndd Car Park, Treorchy at 10.15AM.
Postcode: CF42 5RY, W3W: ///called.fortunes.annual, Grid ref: (SN92296 02050)
Parking is free.
Contact: Steve O’Brien 07762 422726
The walk leader requests that you contact him in advance to book your place on the walk.

Thursday 18th - Pontypool park & Canal walk

7 miles, Easy/Moderate
Starting from the car park we walk into Pontypool park.
A steady steep climb under the dry ski slope takes us up to the 'Shell grotto'
Here we can have a quick break to get our breath back and enjoy the views.
Following a gradual uphill walk we the reach a downhill lane that takes us to the canal.
Here we will stop on the bridge for lunch.
Then we follow the canal back to Pontypool park
Meet at Pontypool Leisure Centre carpark, NP4 8AT at 10:30am
Contact: Karen Ford 07557 780784

Weekend 20th/21st

VACANT

Thursday 25th - Darran Valley Walk

7.5 Miles, Moderate
The walk passes through Parc Cwm Darran before ascending a muddy forest track onto open hillside.
With good views, the route then follows a mixture of moorland, woodland and stoney paths
to reach the site of Capel Brithdir
After following a further stoney track and short stretch of tarmac lane,
the route descends to cross a stream which is likely to be muddy.
Moorland and fields are crossed with more good views before the route descends to the village of Groes Faen.
A road needs to be crossed here with care before following a tarmac cycle path
and quiet access road back to the start, diverting to view a waterfall close to the end.
Meet at Parc Cwm Darran Upper Carpark (first turning right after entering the main enterance) at 10:00am
Postcode: CF81 9NT, W3W: ///interviewer.glorified.spurring
Contact: Mike Showler 07814 006646

Saturday 27th - St Arvans to Penterry Church & Gaer Hill

8, Miles, Moderate
This walk climbs from the car park to the Eagles Nest View point.
We continue through woods and fields to Penterry church where we will have a Water Stop.
We then climb to the top of Gaer Hill for views across the Severn.
We continue down to St Arvans and on to The Lover’s Leap & Giants Cave View Points above the Wye.
There are several stiles on this walk which makes it unsuitable for large dogs.
It’s not really suitable for small dogs either although we have had small dogs on it.
There are a couple of downhill sections where great care is needed.
Limited Car Parking so car share if possible.
Meet at Lower Wyndcliff Car Park, On Chepstow to Tintern Road, 1 mile past St Arvans, at 10:15am
W3W: /// decimals.doubts.hiring
Contact: Terry Butler 07989 070404

May


Thursday 2nd

VACANT

Weekend 4th/5th

VACANT

Thursday 9th

VACANT

Weekend 11th/12th

VACANT

Thursday 16th

VACANT

Weekend 18th/19th

VACANT

Thursday 23rd - Pontypool Park & the American Gardens

7 Miles, Moderate
Starting from the carpark we head alongside the river towards Pontypool town centre.
We then walk through pontypool park along side the duck ponds and dry ski slope.
After this there is a climb up towards the shell grotto.
From here we take a gradual climb to the Folly where we will have a coffee break
Following on from the Folly we head towards Trevethin via the golf club
Here we will have a lunch break
We walk through the grounds of st Cradoc's church and on to the American Gardens
Then it is the return journey back to the carpark.
Meet at Pontypool Leisure Centre carpark, NP4 8AT at 10:30am
Contact: Karen Ford 07557 780784

Weekend 25th/26th

VACANT

Thursday 30th

VACANT

June


Weekend 1st/2nd

VACANT

Thursday 6th

VACANT

Weekend 8th/9th

VACANT

Thursday 13th

VACANT

Weekend 15th/16th

VACANT

Thursday 20th

VACANT

Sunday 23rd

Details to follow
Steve O'brien

Thursday 27th

VACANT

Sunday 30th - The Beacons Horseshoe

10 miles, Strenuous, Band D
This walk encompasses the four main peaks of the Central Beacons.
Starting from the Car Park, we traverse the head of the Lower Neuadd Reservoir
before embarking on the initial ascent to reach the ridge.
Following the ridge, we approach our first summit, Corn Du,
then proceed to Pen y Fan and Cribyn before descending into the Windy Gap.
After another ascent, we summit Fan Y Big.
The route then descends to the Roman Road, which we follow back to the car park.
This is a challenging mountain hike with numerous ascents and descents.
However, the exertion is well-rewarded by some of the finest mountain vistas in South Wales.
Because of the remote location of the starting point it is essential that you book on with the Walk Leader in advance.
Meet at Neuadd Reservoir Car park at 09:30am
Nearest Post Code: CF48 2UT, Grid ref: SO 036 170, W3W: ///grinders.spark.timing
Contact: Phil Purnell 07729 2217199

July


Thursday 4th

VACANT

Sunday 7th - Hoarwithy

Details to follow
Karen Ford

Thursday 11th

VACANT

Weekend 13th/14th

VACANT

Thursday 18th

VACANT

Weekend 20th/21st

VACANT

Thursday 25th

VACANT

Weekend 27th/28th

VACANT