The programme for outdoor meetings 2021.

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 17th July - The Ogmore Valley: Nantymoel to Blackmill

Coal export through Porthcawl was the objective of the Ogmore Valley Railway which was incorporated by an Act on 13th July 1863 authorising a standard gauge line from Nantymoel to Tondu, with running powers over the broad gauge Llynfi Valley Railway to Porthcawl via a specially laid third rail. Passenger and freight services from Nantymoel to Porthcawl commenced on 1st August 1865 and in 1866 the Ogmore and Llynfi companies amalgamated. The route prospered and attracted the interest of the GWR which eventually absorbed the Llynfi & Ogmore Railway in 1883.

Passenger services between Tondu and Nantymoel were withdrawn on 5th May 1958 with goods services being progressively closed between 1962 and 1965. After that, the line remained open to serve the combined Wyndham/Western Colliery at Nantymoel and the large washeries at Ogmore Vale. Final closure reflected the decline of the coal industry; the section from Nantymoel to Caedu closed on 21st October 1983 with the remainder from Caedu to Tondu following on 16th July 1986.

Our start point shall be the small car park which now occupies the site of Nantymoel station and is accessed off Commercial Street by a left turn once past Londis and the Ruchi takeaway where we shall foregather at 11:00. (Grid Ref: 933930 OS Explorer map 166 Rhondda & Merthyr Tydfil, postcode CF32 7RA).

For those wishing to travel by train, I would be happy to pick up/drop off a maximum of 4 people at Bridgend station. If rail users could kindly plan their journey to be in the car park at Bridgend by 10:30 then that would give plenty of time to get to Nantymoel for a prompt 11:00 start.

The walking is easy, the entire 4.5 mile route being a footpath/cycleway on a falling gradient. Lunch will be taken at the aptly named Ogmore Junction at Blackmill where food is served from 12:00. For those wishing to return to our start point by public transport, First Cymru routes 74/75 (Bridgend to Nantymoel) operate a service every 20 minutes which picks up outside the pub and takes around 18 minutes to reach Nantymoel.

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 Bridgend station and whether you intend to eat at the pub.



Thursday 12th August - Wye Valley: Monmouth to Symonds Yat
Details to follow


Tuesday 7th September - LNWR: Dunvant to Swansea Bay (Black Pill)
Details to follow

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.