Month: November 2015

Indus Films

Indus Films, the Cardiff-based production company that makes films from all over the world, is putting together a series of programmes for the BBC on the River Taff and have been helped by Paul Kent to film canoeing and swimming on the river. Both activities took place during mid-October and the river was cold but invigorating. Some of us had wetsuits and others didn’t. We will definitely be doing the Big Jump next year and are planning another swim for the spring.  Let us know if you’d like to take part. Last year we had participants from as far apart as South Africa and South America. For further information about Indus go to

Friends of Hailey Park

Just to the North of Western Avenue in Cardiff, the park has mature trees that run along the edge of the River Taff which sit very nicely with the more recently planted ones. Its proximity to the River Taff ensures that the park is rich in wildlife. The Friends group has worked hard to achieve greater biodiversity.

Hailey Park contains a large area of sports pitches – like rugby, football, touch rugby and baseball and it is home to Llandaff North Rugby Club with pitches on the park for matches and training while their clubhouse is in nearby Radyr Road. Other facilities include tennis courts and playgrounds, the park has the longest legal graffiti wall in Wales.

Coracles on the Taff

To celebrate the fact that very few coracles have been on the Taff in two hundred years, the Cwmni Da television production company came down this week from Caernarfon to film our coracles on the Taff at Bute Park. Chris Powell, who is the brains behind actually building the coracles said, “It was great to see them really floating and being manoeuvred not only by Dylan Jones, who is the secretary of the Coracle Society but also by Meinir Gwilym from the television company, who has never even sat in one before.”

We are still building more coracles and hope to organise some races on the Taff later on in the year. Let us know if you’d like to be involved.

Walking Around the Taff

We are planning a series of walks that will start at the source of the Taff, led by Martin Rees, who volunteers for the National Trust in the Brecon Beacons and other seasoned walkers like Gary Richards will be leading walks coming down the valley.

<img src=" majority of the students were French and sang most of the way around the walk. They were amazed at the beauty and grandeur of the scenery, as were the British students who attended the walk. Hopefully Ray can lead this walk again in the spring.

Get in touch if you are interested in doing one of our walks.

Simon Bradwick, Paul Barrett, and Martin Rees.