The programme for outdoor meetings 2019.

IMPORTANT: It is essential that I am advised in advance of your intention to join any of these walks so that you can be contacted in the event of it being necessary for me to cancel or amend any walk.

Contact details: Keith Dumelow - e-mail: below or mobile & text 07800 630807.

Saturday 22nd June 2019 - Newport/Rhiwderyn Area Walk

Our first walk of 2019 traces the route of an active railway line, the ex Brecon and Merthyr line, from the suburbs of Newport to the WRRC's base at Rhiwderyn. The line carries the Ebbw Vale service in part and then the very rare ballast trains from Machen Quarry. The walk will be part urban and part rural and will see a large working signal box and the semaphore signals it controls, Lord Tredegar's Golden Mile, the oldest working railway viaduct in Britain and the site of two railway 'mishaps' together with a few other odds and ends!

We will meet at 10.15 at the junction of Cae Perllan Road and Melfort Road, Newport (postcode: NP20 3FT) where on road parking can be had in the vicinity. For those wishing to travel by train, arrangements can be made for a maximum of 4 people to be picked up/set down in the short stay car park adjacent to the main entrance to Newport station. Pick up will be at 10.00 by prior arrangement only.

Depending on the route chosen, which will be determined on the day, the walk will be 5 or 6 miles long. The terrain will be urban pavement, fields and woodland with one ascent (the Garth Hill in Bassaleg) but this will be taken at an easy pace. Please wear supportive footwear with good grip.

Lunch will be taken at the Rhiwderyn Inn and it may be possible to finish with a visit to the WRRC HQ at Rhiwderyn, which is close to the pub.

A frequent bus service operates to return us to Newport followed by a short downhill walk to reach our start point.

Historical notes and a selection of photographs, will be provided to accompany the walk.

Appropriate clothing and footwear is advised and this may include sun cream, sunglasses and a sun hat!

Please let me know if you intend to participate in this walk and provide a contact number on which you can be contacted on the day should the need arise. Please also advise whether you wish to be picked up/dropped off at Newport and whether you intend to eat at the pub.