USEFUL NOTES

NOTES ON WALKS:

LOCAL WALK GRADES: 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 website.  Where this is not the case our grade will be found under 'Local Walk Grade' for each walk.  If in doubt please contact the Leader of the relevant walk.

GENERAL WALK NOTES:  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.  

All persons participating in walks do so at their own risk.

 

RAMBLERS WORLDWIDE HOLIDAYS

Pontypool Group is a member of the Walking Partnership with Ramblers Worldwide Holidays.  If you book a holiday, please mention that you are a member of Pontypool Group and the Walking Partnership will make a contribution to our Group.  If you organise a group holiday you will be eligible for a discount off the holiday price.  It is important that in order to qualify you mention your Pontypool Ramblers membership AT THE TIME THE  BOOKING TAKES PLACE.  Details of the  walking holiday programme can be viewed (or you can request a brochure) at www.ramblersholidays.co.uk/page/brochure.

 

PONTYPOOL ANNUAL HOLIDAY

Pontypool Ramblers organise an annual UK 7-night walking holiday for members.  This takes place about end of April/early May.  Look out for email announcements.

 

RECYCLING OF UNWANTED WALKING GEAR

If you are having a clear-out and are wondering what to do with your old gear, there are a couple of possibilities:-

Rohan Shops will take clothing but not, we understand, rucksacks or general equipment.

Glantawe Outdoor Education Academy is a charity that gives youngsters an outdoor experience so as to build confidence, provide new skills and a qualification.  They are always wanting walking gear and will collect from your home.  The links to contact them are:  Glantawe Outdoor Education Academy, Riverside Centre, Pontardawe, SA8 3HZ. Tel: 07787 123739. Email: riverside.pontardawe@gmail.com

 

WEB LINKS

The Ramblers: http://www.ramblers.org.uk

The Ramblers Greater Gwent Area: http://www.ramblers.org.uk/greater-gwent

Brecon Beacons National Park: http://www.breconbeacons.org

Brecon Beacons Park Society: http://www.breconbeaconsparksociety.org

The MET Office: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk                                    

Walking World: http://www.walkingworld.com

Ramblers Routes: http://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/routes-and-places-to-walk.aspx

Resident's Guides: www.standbrook-guides.com

Ordnance Survey Guide to map-reading (from beginers to advanced):  https://getoutside.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/site/uploads/files/map-reading.pdf?utm_campaign=2639917_GetOutside%20Inside%202&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Ordnance%20Survey%20Leisure%20Ltd&dm_i=2I1H,1KKZ1,3PDXAX,5BJVM,1