The Programme

Easy – Lowland walking, flat or with gentle hills. Ideal for those with little or no experience of walking or cycling.

Moderate – Hills and dales, generally below 1,500 feet.

Strenuous – High level mountain and moorland over 1,500 feet. May involve steep ascents/descents or scrambling.

The onus is on individuals to arrange their own transport to and from hostel weekends. It is not the responsibility of the booking officer or any other member of the committee to arrange transport.

To download a copy of the programme, click HERE

For full details of all future weekend trips, click HERE

Evening Events

Date Event Description Grade
2nd May

Penhow Castle
Ian shows us the Castle and views to Newport.

4 miles. Layby on A 48 beyond Penhow.

Data.Fond.Spun. Grid ref. 419 912

9th May

Ridgeway Ramble
Brian shows us Little Switzerland. Snow shoes not needed.

4 miles.
Café at Ridgeway, Allt-yr-Yn Avenue, NP20 5DE.

16th May

Machen with Aly
“Cerdded gyda Aly” ! Walking with Aly.

Drinking with Aly afterwards, perhaps !

23rd May

The Decoy Bunker
Chris N walks us to this rare WW2 site.
White Hart pub, Llangibby, NP15 1NP.

Do not park in the pub car park. 4 miles

6th June

Draethen Dawdle
Maria walks us up to the sunhouse on the hill by Rhiwperra Castle.

A 468 Lower Machen. ST 227879.


13th June

A Summer’s Evening on the Sugar Loaf
Brian “marched them up to the top of the hill and he marched them down again”
Burglars. Mint. Dote NP7 7LA Approximately

20th June

Usk on a Summer’s Evening
Dave G shows us an easier evening walk.

27th June

Glen Usk
Ian takes us walking, not paddling, near the River, not the town.

4 miles.

4th July

Garth Hill
Norman walks us up the hill that became a mountain.

4 miles.

11th July

Mathern and Black Rock
Walkies ! Holly the dog takes Chris and the rest

of us to the site of the Severn railway ferry. 3 1⁄2 miles.

18th July

Pantygasseg Perambulation.
Alan’s the man to show us where some people in Pontypool “live at altitude” !
4 miles.

25th July

Caerffili Mountain
Juping’s the lady to show us views of the Castle and Garth Hill. 31⁄2 miles.


What Three Words.

Put the 3 words against each event into this website, to find the start of Group walks

Sociable walks of 3 or 4 miles on paths and pavements take place on
Thursday evenings. Start time 7 pm. Drink and a chat in a pub
Details by e mail / or
on Facebook, the Sunday beforehand.

Weekend Events

Date Event Description Grade

Sunday 1st May

Castell Coch Circular
Ivor takes us through bluebell woods round Lord Bute’s fairytale castle. 8 miles. Joint with SGR.
9.30 Civic Centre. NP20 4ZF or
10.15 near Asda, Coryton. CF14 7EW.

Limps. Slings. Ends


Saturday 14th May

Clearwell Caves
Stella’s 9 mile walk in ancient woodland, with Hobbit style hollows ; then to the ‘Cathedral of the Forest’ of Dean.
1030 the Caves’ car park. GL16 8JR.


Saturday 28th May

A Waterfalls Walk
Ian walks us behind a waterfall in the Pont Nedd Fechan area. 10 miles.
Meet Civic Centre. NP20 4ZF. Details tba.


Sunday 12th June

The History of Newport
Stella shows us what Newport was and what it is now. Hysterical !

1030 the park, Clifton Road, St Woolos, NP20 4EW.


Sunday 19th June

Llandegfedd Reservoir
Roger shows us how to walk on water, but seriously … ! 7 miles.

Car park. 1000. NP4 0TA. duet.bronzes.front


Saturday 2nd July

Ridgeway Walk and Barbecue
4 mile walk. 1400 from Ridgeway Café. NP20 5DN.

BBQ at 1700. No charge but booking essential. See Newsletter.


Sunday 3rd July

Rhymney River Circular
Starting in Machen, Juping’s walk explores the valley of the Rhymney, with a few short ascents. 9 miles.
1000 Machen Village Hall. CF83 8ND.


Saturday 16th July Craig-y-Dorth – Raglan
Special views and where Owain Glyndwr “slaughtered the English” ! 4 miles.
Holly leads Chris and the rest of us.

Saturday 30th July

Ruspidge and the Forest of Dean
Alan recommends the White Hart, Ruspidge for nosh – as well as his walk !


Weekend Trips Away

Why not try a bargain break. Look at the prices !

To enquire or book the trip, contact Alan.

Date Event Description

April 29 to May 2nd

The White Cliffs of Dorset

3 nights on the Dorset coast, staying at Swanage Auberge. £ 85.

June 2nd to 5th

Devon in June
Devon and Dartmoor. Cream teas and walking. 3 nights in Okehampton YH. £ 75.

July 8th to 11th

Lakes and Forests of Snowdonia
3 nights at Bettws-y-Coed, Snowdonia, staying in the 400 year old, Grade 2 listed Hendre Isaf National Trust ex-farm building. £ 75.

August 26th to 29th

Cornwall in Summer

3 nights at Penzance YH, exploring Cornish coastal scenery. £63.

September 17th to 25th

White Peak Way, Derbyshire
The annual long distance path for 1 week. At present the trip is full, but will there be a cancellation ?

October 14th to 16h

Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire
History, walking and autumn colours in Shropshire. 2 nights at Coalport YH. £ 36. A bargain !

November 4th to 6th

City sights and a guided tour for free. 2 nights at Oxford St YH. £70.

December 2nd to 4th Christmas Party – Kington
The super ‘Pam Christmas dinner’, walking and other frolics. 2 nights for just £65 ! We have the Hostel to ourselves.

December 29th to 2nd Jan 2023

New Year Festivities at Llangollen
4 nights away, walking and celebrating in N Wales. Again the Hostel is ours – 4 nights for £ 110.