Cowbridge walk

St Hilary Circular – Iolo Morganwg Walk – WEDNESDAY 3 JUNE 2015

Cowbridge Town Hall Car Park at 7pm
3-4 miles (G2) St Hilary Circular – Iolo Morganwg Walk.

This week’s evening walk was led by John Moore and Bill & June Fawcett. 32 like minded souls shared a lovely 5 and a bit miles evening walking from Cowbridge via New Beaupra, St. Hilary, Aberthin and back to Cowbridge.

A few of us kept the tradition of supporting a local hostelry (the Duke) for a well deserved drink
Ruth Curle

Leaders: Bill Fawcett (01446 773405 or 07831 611524)
and John Moore (01446 773076 or 07845 377709)

Cowbridge Circular – WEDNESDAY 22 APRIL 2015

Cowbridge Town Hall Car Park ready to leave by 7pm

4 miles (G2) Cowbridge Circular.
Leaders: Judy & Mike Holley (01446 774867 or 07896 334789)

WEDNESDAY 13 AUGUST 2014 – Cowbridge Area Walk

Our last Wednesday evening walk of 2014

Meet at the Six Bells, Penmark, ready to leave by 7pm

4 miles (G2) Local Area Walk

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


the last evening walk of the season, will start at 7pm from The Six Bells Inn, Penmark.
We can use the pub car park at the rear, but please park at the far end.

The walk is along lanes and footpaths in this attractive part of The Vale, visiting the villages of Llanberthery and Llancarfan. The area contains the valleys of the River Waycock, Kenson and Nant Llancarfan, so there are a few ‘undulations’.

Can I take this opportunity to remind everyone that we shall again be manning a stand at the Vale Show on Wednesday at nearby Fonmon. Please come to the show, and visit us in the countryside area of the stands.

Hope to see you at the show, and on the walk.



(The Vale Show will take place on this day from 8.30am.)

Cowbridge Circular – WEDNESDAY 25 JUNE 2014

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

4 miles (G2) Cowbridge Circular


This is one of the traditional Cowbridge circular walks, looping around East to St Hilary and back, giving great views over the channel and the Vale if the weather is clear. There are a few gentle ascents, and a few stiles as is usual for the Vale, although some have now been replaced by metal gates. There is one field where the path runs along the edge and walkers are now squeezed between a hedge and the Barley crop, so we would recommend long sleeves and long trousers even if the weather is hot, as there is a risk of brushing nettles and other stingy things while passing this field. I picked up a few stings on my arm when we reccied it.


Thanks to Ruth for the photographs



Leaders: Judy & Mike Holley (01446 774867 or 07896 334789)

Llysworney to Colwinston – WEDNESDAY 18 JUNE 2014

Meet at Carne Arms, Llysworney ready to leave by 7pm

5 miles (G2) Llysworney to Colwinston

‘Midsummer Special’ is a 5 mile walk from Llysworney. Please park at The Carne Arms ( the pub is shut, but the car park is available).  The route is the southern section of the Valeways 6 Villages Walk to Llandow and Colwinston. Unfortunately, the section between Colwinston and Llysworney is blocked, so we will return via the lane.
After the walk we shall go to The Cross Inn, Llanblethian.
Thanks to Ian for a lovely walk, we had the rolling hills of the Vale, stiles, bullocks, hay & mud!

Thanks to Ruth for her photographs


Thanks to Leigh for some photographs and the walk route on Everytrail

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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)