Cowbridge

Wednesday Walking Group

Meets monthly, usually on the fourth Wednesday of the month, for a walk of 3 to 5 miles. A warm welcome awaits all new members. Eventually members are expected to lead a walk. Please note that dogs are not allowed on our walks because of past problems, and because of U3A insurance. Mud is always a possibility on our walks; you are advised to wear boots.

We ask for a contribution of £1 a year to cover administration costs.

Scroll down for our programme dates.

Please note that U3A insurance is basically in case we injure a third party or damage someone else's property; it does not include personal injury, so we walk at our own risk.

We take it in turns to lead the walks, which are usually but not exclusively in the Vale of Glamorgan.

We normally meet at a pub, where we can have a convivial pub lunch after the walk.

We occasionally offer other, sometimes more challenging, walks in addition to our regular programme, and away breaks:
On the summit of Pen-y-Fan For instance in the last few years, we have walked up Pen-y-Fan (twice), up the Skirrid, and on the Blorenge above the UNESCO World Heritage town of Blaenavon, following the walk by a visit to the 18th century Ironworks.

We have done the challenging Waterfalls Walk in the Brecon Beacons, passing BEHIND Sgwd-yr-Eira, a waterfall on the Hepste River. Under Sgwd-yr-Eira Falls, Brecon Beaco

We have walked in the area of Partrishow in the Black Mountains, via the Revenge Stone ridge, to Cwmyoy Church.

We've been along the high ridge between the Usk and Lwyd Valleys, finding a remote pub, a wartime air crash site, and a holy well.

Bubbly on the Sundowner We have done Summer Solstice walks on the Garth, both at dusk and at dawn, and a winter Solstice dawn walk on Gray Hill. We've also had Summer Sundowner Walks, one up to the old windmill ruin at St y Nyll, where we've toasted the sun going down with a glass of bubbly, one on the Garth, another at St Lythans Burial Chamber, two at the ruins of Dunraven Castle, and one at Rest Bay, Porthcawl, where we did likewise.

We've had two 'batty evenings', where we have combined a walk with a visit to Old Beaupre Castle to see bats (and 'hear' them with the help of a bat detector), and saw barn owls on one visit as a bonus.

We've had a 'Walk and Cruise' day in Brecon, combining a short walk with a canal barge cruise.

In conjunction with some of our other U3A Groups, we've enjoyed an away With Carreg Cennen Castle behind us day in the Llandeilo area where we did a walk around the spectacularly sited ruins of Carreg Cennen Castle, with an opportunity also to visit the castle, or to visit nearby Dinefwr Park or Aberglasney Gardens.

We Our train arrives have had a day out in Lydney in the Forest of Dean, which included a visit to a Craft Centre, a stroll by the harbour, a ride on the steam-hauled train on the Forest of Dean railway with afternoon cream tea served, and a choice of riding back on the steam train or walking back through the forest.

We have had a day in the beautiful Wye Valley, comprising a walk from Tintern and an afternoon at The Wyndcliffe Court Sculpture Garden, with cream tea in their oak-pannelled ball room.

We have had a day in Bristol with other U3A members, enjoying a 3-hour cruise on Bristol Harbour, going out along the Avon Canal and upstream on the tidal River Avon as far as Hanham, and returning, with a buffet lunch on board.There was a choice of activities later, with some of us walking up to and over Brunel's famous Clifton Suspension Bridge. Walking to the Clifton Suspension Bridge

We have had a (rather wet) day out in Symonds Yat, where we combined an easy walk with coffee in the historic Saracen's Head, a ferry trip across the River Wye on the ferry pulled by hand, lunch in The Royal Lodge Hotel, a river cruise with Kingfisher Cruises, and a visit to Yat Rock to admire the stunning views. On Symonds Yat Ferry

We have visited Laugharne in Carmarthenshire, doing 2 walks on a hot sunny day, visiting Dylan Thomas's Boathouse and his grave, and enjoying the stunning estuary and coastal views, especially from the top of St John's Hill.

In each of the last 10 years, we have had a very successful walking Away Break, staying in Tewkesbury 2010, Frome 2011, Hereford 2012, Barnstaple 2013, Salisbury 2014, at Kingham in the Cotswolds 2015, in Pembrokshire 2016, in Malmesbury 2017, in Worcester 2018, and in Reading 2019.

On Broad Haven Beach Approaching Swanlake Bay Wet in Pembrokeshire!

Contact Valerie Monaghan for full details of our programme.

Dates for your Diary
Wed Apr 22nd Walk to be led by Bob and Sue
Wed May 27th Walk to be led by Lesley
Fri Jun 19th
→Mon Jun 22nd
Away Break 2020, based at The Best Western The Gables near Wotton-under-Edge in Gloucestershire. To be organised by John V. For full details, click on the coloured text here, or see the link top right.
Wed Jun 24th Walk to be led by John and Anna
Tue Jun 30th Evening Summer Sundowner Walk, to be led by Val and Steve. Please note that this is a Tuesday. This walk will only go ahead if the weather forecast is favourable.
Tue Jul 7th A day out in Monmouthshire is being planned by Val, to be confirmed later. It may include a visit to Dewstow Gardens, and one or two walks, with maybe a visit to Caerwent Roman remains. Watch this space!
Wed Jul 22nd Walk to be led by Colin and Judith
Wed Aug 26th Walk to be led by Andy
Wed Sep 23rd Walk to be led by David and Jennifer
Wed Oct 28th Walk to be led by Claire and Keith
Wed Nov 25th Walk to be led by Liz and Gordon
Wed Dec 16th Walk to be led by Val and Steve. Please note that this is not our usual week. We'll try to include some festive fun!

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