Swansea Outdoor Group Programme

We want you to enjoy the outdoors safely and comfortably. Please  ensure you have appropriate clothing  for the walk (proper walking boots, and warm and waterproof clothing - including gloves, hat and scarf in the winter) and bring a packed lunch and water with you. Please bear in mind that on high level and exposed walks it can be much colder than you expect, even in the summer, so please bring sufficient warm and water resistant clothing. Please wear a cycle helmet on bike rides. 

If you have any doubt about what to bring or whether the walk/cycle/activity is suitable for you, the contact details for the walk leaders are at the end of each walk listing and they will be happy to advise you. 

Please remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that you are adequately equipped for the walk/cycle ride you are attending and that you participate in any event at your own risk. Please enjoy our beautiful countryside and coastline responsibly. 

As always, a massive thank you to all our walk leaders! If anyone would be happy to lead an event in the next few months, please contact Gary 07974574181.

Coronavirus Update

In line with Welsh Government guidance that outdoor group activity will be permitted, we are restarting our walks with the same booking system as previously to limit numbers attending.

Coronavirus has not gone away. Please walk responsibly to ensure your own safety and that of others. 

This includes: 

Before the walk/cycle ride: 

Please book in advance so that the walk leader has details of who is attending. This can be done up to the day before by contacting Geraint via WhatsApp or text (07767157514) or email (owen.gw@tiscali.co.uk). You will just need to give your name, contact phone number and which walk you wish to attend. 

If you turn up to the walk start on the day, without having booked, there is no guarantee that you will be allowed on the walk. This will be solely at the discretion of the walk leader depending on numbers. You will also need to add your name and contact phone number to the list of attendees. 

On the walk/cycle ride: 

  • Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell or have any COVID symptoms 
  • Be prepared to travel using your own transport (rather than sharing lifts) 
  • Maintain social distancing (2 metres) at all times from others
  • Bring all equipment you need with you (including food, appropriate clothing, first aid kit, hand sanitiser). Do not share items with others. Please use hand sanitiser regularly especially after touching gates and stiles. 
  • We advise you to bring a face mask. You may need to wear one if a situation arises where social distancing is not possible (such as administering first aid). 

After the walk/cycle ride:

If you develop any coronavirus symptoms soon after the walk, apply for a COVID-19 test and, where necessary, say you have been on a SOG event for NHS contact tracing purposes. We will then pass the contact details of participants on that walk to contact tracing if requested. [NB we only keep these details, as we are required to do, for three weeks after the walk]

Thank you! We look forward to seeing everyone!

Saturday  14 November 

Cribarth and Henrhyd Falls

Geraint and Wendy will be leading a circuit of the Upper Swansea Valley, starting from Craig y Nos Country Park. We will visit Henrhyd Falls and then drop down to the Swansea Valley hoping to catch some late autumn colours! We will then climb up to Cribarth before returning via Saith Maen standing stones. 

Details: 10 miles, moderate

Meet: 10am @ Craig y Nos Country Park car park (SN 839155)

Contact: Geraint 07767157514

To Book: Geraint 07767157514 (max 15 people)

Sunday 15 November 

Mynydd Blaen Nant Du

Join Catherine on this forest trail around the Afan Valley. Starting from Glyncorrwg ponds, we'll be walking on a grassy trail past the ruins of Tyn Pant hill farm up onto Tyle Mawr, where the forestry track takes us through a wind farm and onto the Coed Morgannwg Way. We'll be returning though the forest to Glyncorrwg and finally back to Glyncorrwg ponds via the cycle track. There should be good views of the Afan Valley, Swansea, Neath Valley and the Brecon Beacons!

Details: 10 miles, moderate

Meet: 9.30am @ Glyncorrwg Ponds Visitor Centre, Ynyscorrwg Park, Glyncorrwg, Port Talbot SA13 3EA (meet outside the visitors centre)

Contact: Catherine 07870816293

To Book: Geraint 07767157514 (max 15 people)

Sunday 22 November

Penderyn Circular walk

Steve is leading us today so come and join him on this lovely walk with historic buildings, old mine workings and a spectacular waterfall! Starting at Penderyn, the route will take in Moel Penderyn, Craig y Ddinas and Sgwd yr Eira waterfall. 

NB: Please note that dogs must be kept on a lead during this walk as the route goes through farmland with a lot of sheep. 

Details: 7.5 miles, moderate

Meet: 10am @ Penderyn Community Centre (CF44 9UX, grid ref SN 950078) This is opposite the Penderyn Whiskey distillery, and (if coming from the A465) before the school. Steve has arranged permission for us to use the car park free of charge. 

Contact: Steve W 07761825660

To Book: Geraint 07767157514 (max 15 people)

Saturday 28th November
Cwm Clydach

This walk takes us up through the RSPB nature reserve at Cwm Clydach, then continues up the river to Nant Moel. We then climb to Mynydd Carnllechart, and return via Mynydd Gellionnen.

Details: 9 miles, moderate.
Meet: 9:30am at RSPB car park, SN683026, SA6 5SU (over bridge from New Inn).
Contact: Sue, 07792 076402.
To Book: Geraint 07767157514 (max 15 people).

Saturday 5 December

Mynydd Bwllfa

Steve is leading us again so come and join him on today's walk! Starting with a steady climb from the Dare Valley Country Park to Tarren y Bwllfa, we then descend to Maerdy reservoir before climbing again to Mynydd y Bwllfa. From there, we return to the Dare Valley  Country Park Visitors Centre. If you have a dog, please make sure it is kept under control/on a lead at all times. 

Details: 8 miles, moderate/strenuous

Meet: 10.15 am @ Visitors Centre Car Park, Dare Valley Country Park, Aberdare (Grid Ref SN987 025)

Contact: Steve W 07761825660

To Book: Geraint 07767157514 (max 15 people)

Saturday 12 December

Cycle to Burry Port

Join Brian for today's cycle ride starting at Gowerton to Burry Port. The route will be mix of cycle path and the marsh road (which is sometimes busy) to Loughor and then the rest of the way is on flat cycle path, with coastal views, to Burry Port. Please wear a helmet, bring a packed lunch and spare inner tube. 

Details: 28 miles, moderate

Meet: 9.30 am @ Gowerton Car Park (Behind the Commercial Inn, Gowerton)

Contact: Brian 07443645018

To Book: Geraint 07767157514 (max 10 people, including the leader)

Sunday 13 DecemberCANCELLED

Glyn Tarell and Pen y Fan

Join Wendy and Geraint today on a walk to the high point of the year (so far!)! Starting from Craig Cerrig Gleisiad, we will follow the Taff Trail past Blaenglyn, then climb steadily to Y Gyrn, Corn Du and Pen y Fan. We'll then be dropping down to Story Arms and returning to Craig Cerrig Gleisiad along the Beacons Way high above Glyn Tarell. Please note that this is a strenuous walk with two long steep climbs and some very steep descents. 

Details: 10 miles, strenuous

Meet: 9.30 am @ the picnic area pull-in off the A470 below Craig Cerrig Gleisiad (SN971 222)

Contact: Geraint 07767157514

To Book: Geraint 07767157514 (max 15 people)

Saturday 19th DecemberCANCELLED
Bethlehem Christmas Walk

No Christmas party this year, so join us on our festive trip to Bethlehem instead! After visiting the village we will work our way up to Trichrug, then down to Carn Goch hill fort. Bring mince pies for a well spaced celebration at the fort at the end (weather permitting!).

Details: 7.5 miles, moderate.
Meet: for 10 am start at Carn Goch car park, grid ref SN681242. Car park is not huge so please park closely.
Contact: Sue 07792 076402
To Book: Geraint 07767 157514.

Other useful info...

National Trust Beach Cleans on Gower - every second Monday of the month throughout 2018 (from12 noon). Please see beach-cleans-on-gower for details of where they will be each month and help to keep the Gower coastline in pristine condition!