SWOAPG AGM 19 Nov – Save the Date!

This year’s SWOAPG AGM will be an online affair via Zoom or Microsoft Teams on 19 Nov, 6.30-8pm – please try to come if you can! more details will appear in due course on our website event listing, where you can also RSVP if you’re planning to join us.

Caving & Covid Workshop POSTPONED

Regrettably, we have taken the decision to postpone the ‘Caving and Covid’ workshop scheduled for 1 Oct, partly to avoid people having to travel from locked-down areas and partly because we still do not understand how Covid-19 behaves in the cave environment. Apologies to those who were hoping to attend. We intend to reschedule this … Read more

Cwm Llwch car park closed

I noticed in passing yesterday that the Cwm Llwch car park is closed “until further notice”, so any groups planning to access Pen y Fan from there will need to find alternatives (e.g the National Trust car park at Cwm Gwdi or the farmer’s field at Cwmcynwyn, both of which are open at present).

Dinas Rock Car Park closed from 24 Sep

We have received the following message from Natural Resources Wales: “In line with new Covid 19 local lockdown restrictions affecting Rhondda Cynon Taff, and bridge maintenance works scheduled to start on 28 September, Dinas Rock car park will be closed to vehicles for the foreseeable future, starting from 24th September”. Any groups using the Sychryd … Read more

South Wales Lockdowns

The local lockdowns announced recently in Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Merthyr, Newport and Rhondda Cynon Taff will all affect outdoor activity to some extent, since the general guidance for visitors is that “you can drive through these Counties without stopping but cannot visit them without reasonable excuse”. Our understanding is that no-one may visit these … Read more

Rhondda Cynon Taff Lockdown

The lockdown in RCT that takes effect from 6pm on Thu 17 Sep will affect outdoor activity taking place in the County, including Dinas Rock and Sychryd Gorge (which are both entirely within the County); the River Hepste (inc. Sgwd yr Eira) and the Mellte Gorge south of the Hepste confluence (since both rivers form … Read more