The Vale of Glamorgan Ramblers
The Vale of Glamorgan Ramblers are a fairly small, but active and friendly group based in an attractive rural area.
For more information visit their website - www.valeofglamorganramblers.co.uk
Penarth and District Ramblers
For details of their walk programme visit their website - www.penarthramblers.wordpress.com
Ramblers Cymru is the representative body for walkers in Wales.
Visit their website - www.ramblers.org.uk/wales
Nordic Walking is one of Europe's fastest growing forms of physical activity and is particularly suited for people 50+.
Nordic Walking uses poles to in order to add two major benefits to walking:-
1. The use of poles means the upper body muscles are used as well as the legs.
2. The poles help to propel the walker along - this means he/she works harder than usual yet the support given by the poles makes it feel easier!
For more information and to find a group near you visit - www.nordicwalking.co.uk
Barefoot Studio prides itself on being the leading centre for Nordic Walking in Wales. Home to the British Nordic Walking National Coach for Wales, Karen Ingram, they offer a top venue to both learn Nordic walking and become an instructor.
For more information visit their website - www.barefootstudio.co.uk
Other useful contacts: Age Cymru - www.agecymru.org.uk/nordicwalking
Cosmeston Lakes Country Park
Cosmeston offers a fine introduction into the countryside and is open all year round. The park has been designed to enable people of all abilities to discover and enjoy the countryside found within the Vale of Glamorgan
Porthkerry Country Park
220 acres of woods and meadowland in a sheltered valley leading to a pebble beach and spectacular cliffs. Nature trails, picnic sites, café, play area, barbecue area and mini golf course.
Dyffryn Gardens & Arboretum
Truly a garden for all seasons.
Only six miles west of the centre of Cardiff, in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan countryside, Dyffryn Gardens is an exceptional example of Edwardian garden design. At over 55 acres it's amongst the most beautiful gardens in Wales.
For more information on the parks and gardens in the Vale of Glamorgan visit - www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/enjoying/parks_and_gardens.aspx
Heritage Coastal Path - 14 miles of beauty
The Glamorgan Heritage Coast stretches for 14 miles, from Aberthaw to Porthcawl.
Plunging cliffs, tiny secluded coves and breathtaking views make the Heritage Coast a must for walkers, cyclists or anyone with a love of the countryside. The whole coastline is fringed with delightful towns, small villages and miles of footpaths and country lanes.
By far the best way to explore this remote and beautiful coastline is on foot. The Glamorgan Heritage Coast walk is a spectacular journey past dunes, cliffs and coves, rich in wildlife and history.
At Dunraven Bay, Southerndown, a sheltered sandy beach is backed by Dunraven Park's 56 acres of green hillside. Dunraven Bay is also home to the Glamorgan heritage Coast Centre where you can find out about the history, flora and fauna of the area.
Close by is Ogmore-By-Sea, another popular spot. This village, perched high on the headland, enjoys panoramic views over the estuary of the River Ogmore and as far south as the Devon coast.
For more information visit www.glamorganheritagecoast.com