Walks

Walking Activities

Introduction

The shed provides members the opportunity of participating in some regular walks as a supplement to our usual activities. The aim of this is to expose members to some of the nature around and within Canberra, as well as getting some exercise. Most walks will be designed to be undertaken within 3-4 hours from start to finish including breaks and be no more than 10-15Km and include climbs of no more than 200 metres in total. However there may be an occasion where we could go to Namadgi and do a half day walk including longer overall climbs. Generally walks will be held every two weeks on a Thurs with walks alternating between easy social strolls around simple locations like Belconnen versus more challenging scenic walks. Please read the page BEFORE WALKING on things you need to do and bring for walking. See the Checklist and also check the BOM Canberra forecast Also please read the information on the Shed Insurance issues and its limitations. Non Shed members must understand the policy does not apply to them and thus if they walk they do so at their own risk. From Feb 2017 it will be assumed any non-Shed members walking with us does accept their own risks

Shorter Walks: See web page

Click here for Walks Program current & past in Excel format (Note: if you open from this link rather than download you will see a Google Docs version)

During the first 7 FYs: Jul-Jun 2010/11/12/13/14/15/16/17 we held a total of 162 walks, averaging ~23 per year

Walks Contacts and Time of Walks

Below is the program of walks. If you have any comments or suggestions please email the shed email or direct to Greg. These are all scheduled on a Thursday. If you feel like you could lead one or more walks, or suggest walks please contact Greg (Tel 6259 3875 or Mob 0447 292 699 ) Email: [email protected], or  Drew McDonald (Mob: 0467 615 760) Email: [email protected], or the committee.

Walkers will need to meet at the shed 30 minutes before the start time of a walk unless otherwise stated, and share transport or make their own way to the starting point. If you intend the latter please email first so that you can be allowed for as well as obtaining the exact start location. Please also ensure you have the correct meeting place and time and that you have verified the details during the week before the walk

Visitors. Your welcome to join us as long as your capable. We are not power walkers (most of us are retired older gents) but please read up things you should consider & carry on a walk. If in doubt call one of the numbers above

Canberra Centenary Trail (CCT) – we did the trail in sections between 2014 & May 2016. Information on the trail and links to our files

Maps shown are either GPS Map View from Oziexplorer using OzRaster Maps with permission of © BKK Enterprises Pty Ltd, http://www.gpsoz.com.au for newer style maps or using the older TopoView Maps with permission of NSW Land & Property Information for display. We also use Open Street Maps (OSM) for NSW especially the cycle version as it shows paths better. This is an open source product

Currently walks start from the commencement location of the walk at: 7.30AM for Dec-Feb, 8.30AM for Mar-May & Sep-Nov, 9.00/9.30AM for Jun-Aug (meeting time is usually 30 minutes earlier at the Shed. Sometimes it may be earlier or later or another meeting place. Check each walk for details) (Up to Dec 2013 commencements were 8.30AM for Dec-Mar, 9.00AM for Apr-May, 9.30AM for Jun-Aug, 9.00AM for Sep-Nov)

 

Scheduled Walks
Walks to start at 8.30AM for Sep-Nov (Meet usually 8.00AM at the Shed. Check each walk for actual meeting time & place)
Date Location Description Pictures, Maps
2017
2 Nov
Thu
8.30AM start
West Dunlop – West Macgregor Meet at the Shed by 8.15AM & then drive to parking spot at Toft St Dunlop (Has 8 parking bays. Its accessible from Kerrigan St & Percy Begg Cct) Then from around 9AM walk down along National Horse Trail along the border to entry to Yarramlee Property, then down over Goromon Ponds Ck, then to an Aboriginal Archeaological site in West Macgregor. Then continue into West Macgregor climbing over simple fence & walk north down to Ginninderra Ck, crossing it & then past Jaramlee Pond in to Dunlop finishing with partial circuit of West Belconnen Pond. Easy-Medium walk, 9.5Km . We can retire to Charnwood for coffee
Map of walk | gpx file
16 Nov
Thu
8.30AM start
Black Mountain – Aranda This is for those that want a harder walk to get fit for Christmas. Meet at the Shed by 8.15AM & we will drive to Bindubi St Aranda & park on the grass again. Then from 8.30AM walk a long circular walk down to the Old Weetangera Rd then down through Aranda Snow Gums to join the cycle path near the Glenloch Interchange, then carefully walk along part of the path under the GDE, then do the 1st climb up the SW side of Black Mountain to the forest path that goes right around the top. Turning right we take part of this path around to the NE side of the top, then taking a footpad down to the eastern path around the edge of the ANBG. We should get some views of the ANU installation in the Quarry. We then go north until we can pick up another footpad on the north side of the quarry & do the 2nd climb back up to the forest path. Then going around the north side of Black Mountaion we find another footpad & wind our way down tracks until we can go under the GDE again. Finally we take another track, the 3rd climb onto the Aranda NS middle ridge before dropping down to a Powerline Track & back to the car. The benefits of this walk are a couple of stiff climbs, seeing the 2 ways to get between Black Mountain & Aranda Bushland. Medium-hard, 9.5Km. We can retire to 2 Before 10 at Aranda or Southern Cross Club at Jamision for coffee Map of walk | gpx file
30 Nov
Thu
8.30AM start
Coppins Ridge  OR
Mt Stromlo Forest Park
Park 2km west Jn Uriarra & Coppins Crossing Rds, along Uriarra Rd. Walk through old forest down to near Molonglo & back. Climb 150m overall. Medium 7Km, 2 hrs or Mt Stromlo Forest Park, 7.5Km. 140m overall climb. Walk from Uriarra Rd and climb overall 4WD and forest trails to Mt Stromlo for coffee at the SC Club cafe & return Map of walk | gpx file

 

Walks to start at 7.30AM for Dec-Feb (Meet usually 7.00AM at the Shed. Check each walk for actual meeting time & place)
Date Location Description Pictures, Maps
 2017
 14 Dec
Thu
7.30AM start
Kaleen Short Circuit Meet at the Shed by 7.30AM. Then drive & park near tennis Courts on Birie Place, Kaleen. Then walk along path next to Gungaderra Ck, turning south past Kaleen Primary School, then on a laneway down to Ellenborugh Rd, along it to the area of Kaleen Ck, then south to Daintree Cres, then west to U & Co for coffee, then back along path next to Kaleen Ck to the car. Easy, 5.5Km, 1.5 hrs  Map of walk | gpx file
 2018

 

Planning Possible Walks for 2018
Date Location Description Pictures, Maps
Harder More Scenic Walks
Mt Stromlo Forest park Walk from Uriarra Rd & climb overall 4WD & forest trails to Mt Stromlo for coffee at the SC Club cafe & return. Medium Walk,  8.0Km. 140m overall climb.  Map of Walk | Mt Stromlo Top | gpx fileMt Stromlo Heritage Trail information
Easier Walks
 Qbn Oaks Estate River Walk Walk from Morisset St to Oaks Estate to see Osage Orange Trees, Molonglo-Qbn Rivers Jn, then along Qbn River to Suspension Bridge. Coffee at Millhouse historic café. Easy to Easy-Medium walk, 7.3Km, optional 0.8Km extn  Map of Walk Nth | Map of Walk Sth | gpx file

 

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Current Walk Requests from Members
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Deferred Walks
Date
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Guide to Grades

Grade Description
Easy should be fairly simple walks on tracks or grassy ground with minimal altitude change. Typically would be a max of 2 hrs and 6-7Km walking
Easy-Medium should be similar to Easy but might involve some small amount of climbing or slightly longer distance. Typically would be a max of 3 hrs and 8-10Km walking
Medium really aimed at the Scenic type of walk with some climbing, maybe more difficult navigating. 3 hrs or 10-12Km walking
Medium-Hard is probably the hardest we should attempt. Essentially similar to Medium but with more intense climbing or longer distance. Good examples are Mt Majura, Mt Taylor, Max 4.0 hrs or 15Km
Hard for the experienced Typically a lot of off track walking in difficult terrain or long distances ie 25Km or 6 hrs ie Mt Tennent

Guide to Social Trips or Scenic Harder Trips

Grade Description
Easy Social trips need to be Easy or Easy-Medium and involve minimal climbing or minimal off track walking taking no longer than 2.5 hrs and 8Km length
Medium Scenic trips will mostly be Easy-Medium to Medium-Hard with some climbing involved and maybe some off track walking. Possible might take up to 3.5 hrs and be 12Km length

Guide to Locations

Area Description
Belconnen that area normally part of Belconnen
Gungahlin that area normally part of Gungahlin
Central that area that covers North Canberra, South Canberra, Woden, and Civic
Tuggeranong that area south of Weston and Mt Taylor
Queanbeyan that area east of the Lake, Fyshwick and Monaro Highway
Weston-Stromlo that area south of the Molonglo and west of the Parkway down to Kambah Pool
Namadgi Namadgi National Park and Tidbinbilla