Our beginners class is held every second Thursday throughout the winter programme at 7:30pm. Everyone is welcome and there is no need to be a club member to join the class. The cost of this evening is just two pounds.
If you were unable to start at the beginning of this course, you are still welcome to join us later in the programme. For details and dates, go to ‘Beginners – Educational Programme’ on our home page or use this link Beginners Programme
Free Introductory Evenings
If you are interested in photography, but not quite sure if you want to join a photographic club yet. You are more than welcome to visit us on any club night Tuesday at 7:30pm to see what it’s all about. No charge will be made for your first few introductory visits and you can be sure of a warm welcome.
For our main club programme, look under ‘What’s On’ – NPS Winter Programme or use this link What’s On
On Tuesday 23rd August 2016 we meet at the club as usual and leave for Kenfig Nature Reserve at 6.30pm. This will be our last practical evening of the 2016 summer programme.
Kenfig Pool lies at the heart of the national nature reserve and is a valuable stopping point for migrating birds. The lake’s maximum depth is about 12 feet. An island, built by the aristocrats living in nearby Margam to encourage wildfowl to nest there, has long since sunk beneath the waters.
We meet at the club on Tuesday 16th August and leave for Crai Reservoir at 6.30pm
Crai Reservoir is a storage reservoir located in the Brecon Beacons National Park for the water supply to the city of Swansea and was built between 1898 and 1906 by Swansea Corporation. The reservoir now supplies water to the towns in the valley of the River Tawe and north Swansea. The location of the reservoir was chosen as it was upstream of the heavily industrialised parts of the Tawe valley and in an area of high rainfall with as large an upstream catchment as possible.
We meet at the club on Tuesday 9th August and leave for Dinas Rock in Pontneathvaughan at 6.30pm.
Dinas Rock is owned by Natural Resources Wales. The woodlands in this area are designated as part of the Neath & Mellte Valleys and Moel Penderyn site of special scientific interest. It is a destination for those interested in rock climbing, gorge walking and bouldering. The Sychryd trail, is a five minute walk from the main car park to the Sgydau Sychryd cascade between Dinas Rock and the spectacular rock known as Bwa Maen.
Bwa Maen Rock
The turbulent waters of the Sychryd have cut down into the landscape over many tens of thousands of years to produce this gorge and allow us to take a look into the heart of one of Britain’s great lines of geological weakness. Indeed its this weakness which the river has been able to exploit – rocks shattered as movement has repeatedly taken place along the Dinas Fault. Each movement felt at the surface as an earthquake. It was particularly active around 300 million years ago, but even today there is still the occasional tremor originating from somewhere along the length of the ‘Neath Disturbance’, the name given to a collection of geological faults and folds stretching from Swansea Bay to Hereford. The last significant one took place near Swansea on the 27th June 1906, only a few weeks after the calamitous earthquake which destroyed large parts of San Francisco.
Sgydau Sychryd Cascade