All are welcome at these walks. Most are on Saturday mornings and occur fortnightly where possible. They are a great opportunity to get to know other walkers, enjoy the surrounding environment, and keep fit. After most walks there is an opportunity to get-together at a nearby café for coffee etc at these walks.
Walks vary in distance (usually between 5 and 10km) and can be urban, a combination of urban and bush, or bush only. Walks can vary from a gentle suburban stroll to bush walks that may include more challenging tracks but within the capabilities of walkers of average fitness.
If you would like to be added to the Walking Group email list contact Keith Skamp (firstname.lastname@example.org). Details about future walks are sent out about a fortnight before each walk. Updates will occur at regular intervals in the E-news.
This year the Walking Group commenced walks in late February. To date we have held seven walks. These were:
- Red Hill nature reserve. This 6 to 7 km walk was over trails mostly unknown to those who came along.
- Manuka Ramble. A 5km walk around Manuka and environs that highlighted lesser-known features of this area.
- Black Mountain. This 5 to 6km walk around the Mountain came with superb views in every direction.
- Square Rock in Namadgi National Park. A 10km bush walk gradually climbing up to the summit of Square Rock.
- Mulligans Flat Bird Walk. An 8km walk combined with a short talk by one of the ‘Friends of Mulligans Flat’ about the features of the area and ongoing research to protect native plants and animals.
- Condor Hill. A 8km walk not known to must walkers. There were great views in all directions
- Glenburn Heritage Trial. A clear day for a relatively easy 10km walk that passed many historical features.
The next two walks are planned for:
- July 9 The new 5-6km walking trail at Ginninderry including Shepherd’s Lookout. This walk passes through varying scenery.
- July 30 A 2-hour tour of the Botanic Gardens.
Other walks are in preparation for later in the year.
Attendance at all but one of the above walks has been between 10 to 20 walkers, mostly in the high teens. Often there are some who have come along for the first time. Different volunteers have acted as guides for each of these walks. At each walk there is also at least one of the Walk Co-ordinators.
Keith Skamp, John Holthouse and Tony Butterfield