Enjoy the great outdoors this winter

There are many brilliant parks and outdoor spaces on your doorstep that allow you to break away from the routine and find a quiet trail or open space to walk and play in.

Wouldn’t you rather enjoy a woodland walk or bike ride surrounded by Autumn’s vibrant colours and listening to the fallen leaves crunching underfoot rather than walking around hectic shops and busy streets?

There are many amazing trails on Outdoor Cardiff to enjoy all year round. Two of our favourite places on a cold wintery day is Garth Mountain while stopping by the Gwaelod y Garth pub for a cuppa by the fire or Fforest Fawr Sculpture and Heritage Trails to finish at the Forest Parks and Stoves café. Both have amazing homemade food and hot drinks to replenish your energy after a good hike.

Whatever you do, don’t let the weather stop you. Just remember to pack some wet weather clothing and wear some boots or shoes that will keep you comfortable for walking while protecting you from muddy puddles. If you are going for a longer walk, take a snack, water and even a flask of a hot drink to keep you going.

Check out the upcoming events over the next few months leading up to the holiday season and after. And if you are feeling rather sluggish after the festive season go along to the Garth Mountain walk to burn off the excess calories and enjoy the stunning views from the top (if it’s a clear day, of course!).


Upcoming Events This Winter

Bird Walk around Roath Lake (2km)
Sun 4th Dec 10:00 – 12:00
Sun 7th Jan 10:00 – 12:00
The Community Rangers will guide you around Roath Park and Lake on the search for winter birds and wildfowl. Meet opposite the lighthouse on Roath Park promenade for the start of this walk and if you have binoculars, please bring them along too.

Yuletide Log & Wreath Making
Sat 9th Dec 10:30 – 15:30
(Last entry 14:30)

Victoria Park Bowls Pavilion
Sun 10th Dec 10:30 – 15:30
(Last entry 14:30)

Roath Pleasure Gardens Bowls Pavilion
Join the Community Park Rangers to make your own Yuletide logs and wreaths for the festive season. Logs £2.50, Table Decorations £2.50, Wreaths £6.50.

Carols in the Park
Tue 13th Dec 18:30 – 19:30

Grange Gardens Bandstand
Wed 14th Dec 18:30 – 19:30

Carols at Victoria Park Bandstand
Entrance via the main gate off Thompsons Ave. Sing along to a traditional carol concert at Grange Gardens bandstand. Wrap up warm and take along a torch if you have one.

Garth Mountain Walk (11km)
Sun 7th Jan 10:00 – 13:00
Walk up the nearest mountain to Cardiff, “The Garth”. Bring a flask of coffee or soup to warm you up at the top. Wet weather clothing and stout walking boots are shoes are essential and the conditions vary. Meet at Taffs Well train station where the walk will begin from.

250 Years of Water Power at Forest Farm
Sun 14th Jan 10:00 – 11:30
Take a look at the industrial heritage of Forest Farm and the role water played in powering industry on this guided walk led by the Friends of Forest Farm. Meet at the Warden Centre, Forest Farm Road, Whitchurch CF14 7JJ

RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch
Sun 28th – Tue 30th Jan Anytime!
Throughout the last weekend of January, turn your eyes to the skies to count the birds and other wildlife in your garden. This can be done at home or on the RSPB’s reserves. Sign up for your online pack at www.rspb.org.uk