Cowbridge walk

Cowbridge Local Area – SUNDAY 29 DECEMBER 2013


Meet at Cowbridge Town Hall Car Park, ready to leave by 9am

8-10 miles (G2) Cowbridge Local Area

The walk starts through the fields to St. Hilary, and onto Old Beaupre Castle. Then to Lanmihangel & Siginstone, and back to Cowbridge via Llanblethian.

I hope that the route avoids the worst of the muddy areas, allowing us to enjoy the attractive countryside and villages south of Cowbridge. The forecast is good, so I hope to see you on Sunday, to work off the plum pudding & mince pies!

Thanks to Mike Holley for the photos of Ian’s walk




Leader: Ian Fraser (01446 774706 M: 07854 536985)

Ramble with a Difference – Sunday 22nd September 2013

Meet at Cowbridge Town Hall Car Park ready to leave by 9.30am

This week we have the famous Ramble With a Difference.

For those who don’t know it, the ’Difference’ is that there is no leader! Teams of 3 or 4 have to navigate their way around an 8 mile (G2) route in The Vale, answering questions as they go. The team with the highest score will win prizes.

22 Vale Ramblers split into teams and armed with a map and some clues were let loose in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Starting from the Sycamore in Colwinston, some teams heading clockwise, while others did the route anti-clockwise.

Map skills & cryptic crossword skills came in handy.  The route took us across the stone clapper bridge at Castle-Upon-Alun, Lampha then we managed to meet up half way round at the Fox & Hounds in St Brides Major.

The weather started off a little misty, but the sun soon managed to burn through the cloud and it was wonderful walking weather, a little too warm perhaps.  So a drink back at the Sycamore was welcome refreshment.

Quiz Master Ian announced the answers (to some heckling as usual – how can you dock points for too much information!)  and the winners.

Although not the first back, slow & steady won the day for Patrick, Jim, Ray, Cathy & Brenda.

Thanks to everyone that turned up and took part in great humour and a huge thanks to Ian Fraser & Margaret for organising.


Cowbridge 2 Loop Walk – Sunday 25th August 2013

I’m leading a local walk next Sunday, starting from Cowbridge Town Hall car park at 9:30am, and consisting of two ‘loops’ (G2), the first returning to Westgate, Cowbridge at about 12:30pm.

In the morning we follow the Cowbridge Circular walk to Llansannor, and return via Vistla Farm and Penllyn Castle.  The route, of about 5½ miles, provides historical buildings, and beautiful views over the Thaw valley and beyond.

The lunch break will be on the second loop, and then we will walk through Llanblethian and across the fields to Llanmihangel, returning via Llandough. This route has attractive villages and countryside, and is approx 6 miles.  We should return to Cowbridge at about 4pm.

The forecast is good, so I hope to see you on Sunday on either the morning or full day walk.




Cowbridge to Penllyn – Wednesday 24th July 2013

Meet at Cowbridge Cattle Market Car Park, ready to leave by 7pm

3-4 miles (G2) Cowbridge to Penllyn

Leader: Peter Lane (01446 751610 M: 07969 366507)

Cowbridge Walk – Wednesday 19th June 2013

Meet at Cowbridge Town Hall Car Park, ready to leave by 7pm

5 miles (G2) Local Area Walk

Leader: Ian Fraser (01446 774706 M: 07854 536985)

Cowbridge Area – Wednesday 8th May 2013

Meet at Cowbridge Town Hall Car Park, ready to leave by 7pm

4 miles (G2) Cowbridge Circular via Aberthin and St Hilary

Leaders: Judy and Mike Holley

(01446 774867 M: 07896 334789)

Wednesday Evening Walks – Cowbridge Area

Wednesday 17th April 2013


Ian led 17 of us from Cowbridge Town Hall Car Park on his usual route to start off the Wednesday evening walks.

From Cowbridge we walked through Llanblethian, up the St Athan Road, across the River Thaw to Llandough.

A quick water break then upwards over the fields back over to Llanblethian and down Constitution Hill finishing at the Duke of Wellington!

Spring is definitely in the air and it was a lovely breezy but bright evening.

A pleasure to see some familiar faces and meet some new friends.

Join us every Wednesday evening for a 3-5 mile walk throughout the Summer.  It’s a wonderful mid week breath of fresh air.

Have a look at the Walk Programme and  see you Wednesday

Cowbridge Local Area – Sunday 17th March 2013

This walk is a 9 mile local walk from Cowbridge, heading east to Stalling Down and Tair Onen, crossing the A48 to Llantrithyd House, and back via St Hilary Down.

It is an ‘undulating’ walk (G2), through fields and woodlands, including a wooded valley recently opened up by The Forestry Commission. Given good visibility, the views north to The Valleys, and south across The Channel, should be excellent.

The start is 9:30am from Cowbridge Town Hall car park.

The weather forecast is fair, so I hope to see you all on Sunday.

Vale Historical Walk – Thursday 20th September 2012

I am leading the first of the winter short walks starting at  the Bush Inn, St. Hilary at 10.30 am.

From here we will go up a track to “The Clump”  then visit the Glamorgan Yeomanry war memorial.
Then we will cross over to Stalling Down with a bit more history of the area.

Then back to St. Hilary to visit the church and finishing back at the Bush Inn.

Look forward to seeing some of you again for these weekday walks.

Vale of Glamorgan Walk – Wednesday 11th July 2012

My first Wednesday evening walkwith Vale Ramblers for weeks started from the Vale Resort Hotel, Hensol.

We took an anti-clockwise route this week, from Hensol Park round to Tredodridge, Pendoylan and returning via the Ely Valley.

There were 25 of us this fine evening and although we had 1 sharp shower, we were able to enjoy some fine weather and glorious Vale of Glamorgan scenery.  I admit it was  a little soggy underfoot in parts, but the company and the chat was so entertaining, it didn’t bother us at all.

It was particularly enjoyable to climb over some well-maintained stiles that were cleared by our volunteers just a couple of weeks ago.

Thanks to Ian for a lovely walk and great to see some old friends and some new faces.


View the route on Runkeeper

Author: Leigh

Next walk is Sunday 15 July leaving Cowbridge Town Hall Car Park at 9am.

 9 miles (G3/4)  Caerfanell Valley and Neuadd Reservoir circular.

Leader: Peter Lane (01446 751610 M: 07969 366507)

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