Pontypool Group operates a straightforward system for grading its walks.  Grading is highly subjective but as a general guide:

  • Easy.  Low level routes without any steep climbs, taken at a relaxed pace
  • Moderate.  These walks may have some short sections of steep ground, but if there are, these will be taken at a gentle pace.  The route could be on the open hill.
  • Moderate Plus.  will have longer or steeper climbs, as described in the longer description
  • Energetic.  These walks generally involve one or two steep climbs and/or could cover a distance of more than 10 miles.
  • Strenuous walks are more challenging, often with stiff climbs over rough terrain; good fitness level required


In most cases our grading categories follow that of the Ramblers.  Where this is not the case our grade will be found under 'Local Grade' under each walk.  If in doubt please contact the Leader of the relevant walk.




The programme of walks should be read in conjunction with the following:

  • The walk leader has control of each walk and dictates the pace .  Please follow the advice and instructions of the leader and stay behind him/her unless otherwise advised.  He/she has the right to alter or postpone the walk as is deemed fit (e.g. poor weather, ground conditions etc.). Please contact the Walk Leader if you have any questions about the walk, particularly if you are travelling some distance to the start point.
  • All walkers should observe The Countryside Code.  As many of our walks go into high country where bad weather is common, all walkers should wear suitable clothing.  Walking boots or stout shoes and waterproofs are essential.  Leaders can refuse to take anyone on the walk if they are not suitably clothed.  Walkers should also bring with them food and drink as required as there no facilities nearby when we stop for refreshment.
  • Assistance dogs and Registered Guide Dogs are allowed on all walks.  In the interests of safety other dogs are not allowed.
  • Please car share where possible.  The recommended contribution to the driver is £3.
  • All persons participating in walks do so at their own risk.