‘Not quite in the realms of ‘One Woman Walks Wales’ but on Tuesday 27th January we were 5 women who walked Bute Park! Actually the weather was a lot better than it looks and we saw our first crocus.’
Last Tuesday, the 20th January 2015 saw three of us meet at Castle Coch car park for a walk up through Fforest Fawr toward Caerphilly mountain. (Other members of our group were sidelined with illness or were away )
Off we set with the weather looking a tad dodgy with grey clouds. The terrain was a little muddy to say the least and the higher we climbed the more grey the sky became. It started snowing quite heavily and it really was quite pretty. Walking along we bizarrely met up with another WI walking group from Pontypridd and stopped for a good natter with them. Such a coincidence !
We carried on to The Black Cock Inn on Caerphilly mountain where we hoped to have some refreshment and to use their ''facilities''We were met by the Landlord at the door who informed us the pub was closed due to kitchen problems but we were welcome to use the facilities. Phew what relief !!
Anyhow, I think the very kind people there took pity on us and provided us with coffee and a lovely toasted sandwich and even lit the log fire for us.
Out we went into the snow again and started to make our way back down to Castell Coch except ..... we took the wrong path and ended up a bit lost !! By now we were questioning what survival skills we possessed between us and came to the conclusion the answer
was .... zero !! A mild feeling of panic set in but eventually we found the right path and breathed a sigh of relief that we would not have to spend the night in the woods, in the snow.
We walked about 10kms in all, in beautiful surroundings in the snow and had a good giggle along the way. A lovely walk thouroughly enjoyed by us all.
We look forward to next week and maybe another adventure but definitely a good walk in great company.
Today we blew off the cobwebs and enjoyed a wonderful walk around Heath Park and Roath Lake. While it was cold, it was a lovely crisp, sunny day and we enjoyed seeing the trees still in all their Autumn glory and discovering long forgotten parts of Heath Park. The sensory garden was a new discovery and we could well imagine the wonderful scent when the lavender was in flower, although today it was a joy to the visual senses as the garden was surrounded by trees displaying all shades of splendour. After a warming drink and lunch in the cafe we enjoyed a walk around the lake and saw the resident heron in his usual resting place.
‘This week we headed for Cefn Onn Park and with the help of a friendly guide (a dog-walking neighbour of Jenny’s who knows the route well) we made our way alongside the park and up and up and up to the Ridgeway.We were encouraged along the way by our guide who kept informing us that we were ‘nearly there’.However once we did reach the Ridgeway it was well worth the effort as the views were spectacular. Whilst we walked up in sunshine unfortunately we walked down in a heavy downpour however as we were suitably dressed for wet weather we felt strangely invigorated.The coffee and cake in the Thornhill Farm Shop was a relaxing end to another splendid walk. http://www.cardiffparks.org.uk/otheropenspaces/cefnonn/index.shtml
This small, but dedicated group of leisure walkers have enjoyed some amazing walks this Summer. Avril (along with her husband, John) have sourced and pre-walked some incredible walks for us to enjoy on a Tuesday morning. These have included: the Caerphilly Hills, Penarth Park and cliff walk, Taff riverside walks – to/from the City Centre through Bute Park, around Castell Coch area, Forest Farm and even Cathays Cemetry. We never know how she manages it, but Avril always arranges a circular tour that includes a half way pit stop for lunch!
On Tuesday 21 October we weathered the strong winds and enjoyed a wonderful Autumnal walk around St Fagans - and a bit of reminiscing as we viewed some of the (much) more recent properties. Although we nearly got absorbed into groups of 6 year olds on school trips, we managed to make our way around and ended up in the Buttery Cafe for a delicious lunch of Welsh Cawl, Caerphilly Cheese and Homemade bread.
If you’d like to join us for a walk, a chat, a laugh and leisurely lunch whilst enjoying some amazing scenery and wildlife right on our doorstep, then please seek out Avril at either the main WI meeting or the Subgroup. We walk on Tuesdays, typically meeting at 10.30 am until 2.00 pm ish. Specialist clothing/boots are not required but sturdy shoes/trainers recommended in Winter.