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Cardiff Lodge’s Hike of the Century

May 9th 1931


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Welsh Theosophy has been over the years and still is full of outdoor types and sports people. We have numbered among our ranks runners, hill walkers, footballers, rugby players, cyclists, tennis players, swimmers, fencers, climbers, body builders, horse riders and others who just like to keep in shape. Many have performed their sport to a high standard.


Sadly, the only attempt to organize an outdoor pursuit i.e. Cardiff Lodge’s Rambling Club of 1931 was very short lived. The venture was conceived with some enthusiasm and is mentioned in the records of April 1931 as the “Rambling Club” with its own heading in the meeting notes.


The destination for the first ramble was stated as the lower part of the Garth Mountain which is just to the North of Cardiff. If the group were starting from headquarters at 10 Park Place this would involve a walk of about 9 miles to the foot of the Garth and a similar return journey if a train from Taff’s Well station were not taken.


Although the Taff Trail did not exist in 1931, it would have been possible to follow footpaths along the eastern side of the Taff to Tongwynlais. With less traffic, the road route through Llandaff and Radyr may have been a viable option in 1931.


There is no record of start time or place or of any proposed route, it is simply stated that arrangements will be left to Miss J Phillips and that “arrangements for further rambles will be made while rambling”. The ramble took place on May 9th 1931 and arrangements made while rambling clearly brought the Rambling Club venture to a close. This remains, to the best of our knowledge, Cardiff Lodge’s only hike of the 20th century. 


To mark this historic event, a centenary hike is proposed for May 9th 2031


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