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

Short 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 (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: 8.00AM 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 9.00/9.30AM for Jun-Aug (Meet usually 8.30/9.00AM at the Shed. Check each walk for actual meeting time & place)
Date Location Description Pictures, Maps
 2018
19 Jul
Thu
9.00AM
start
Kowen Forest Trails Meet at the Shed by 8.30AM & drive to park the cars beside the road opposite 241 Bingley Way, Wamboin. Drive up the Federal Hwy to the Sutton turnoff, taking left ramp then turning right, thus taking Sutton Road south, then after 8.8Km turn left taking Norton road east for 4.2Km, then turning right or south on Bingley Way, then driving 2.4Km to the parking location. Then from around 9AM walk along the marked Crown Road before heading into Kowen Forest & doing a circular walk on forest trails & roads returning back along the same access trail. The route uses some of the marked forest trail runs around forested crown land adjacent to Kowen Forest in particular the Crown Road & Saddle Trails. Coffee at Sutton Bakery after is an option. Medium walk of around 11.2Km. CarParking location is around 850m altitude & the walk varies between altitudes of 800m and 910m  Map of walk  | gpx fileWamboin Greenways
2 Aug
Thu
9.30AM
start
Nursery Swamp Track to Rendezvous Ck – Namadgi Meet at the Shed by 8.00AM & drive to Nursery Swamp Carpark along the Orroral Road in Namadgi NP. Then from around 9AM walk along a well formed track up to a saddle then a short diversion to a large Rock Art Site (NS3) then return the same way to the saddle. Then along an old footpad to another saddle, then down to Rendezvous Creek for lunch break. Return the same way with optional alternate route via Rock Art site visited last year Medium-Hard, 12km. Weather will be cool to cold, so warm clothes essential plus long trousers as the footpad has some scratchy scrub that may be encountered. Good drinking water in Rendezvous Ck. Altitudes: Car Park at 950m, saddle at 1150m, Art site at 1200m, 2nd saddle at 1215m, Rendezvous Ck at 1090m. Boil The Billy: Bring a cup with tea bag or coffee & sugar and I’ll boil the billy on a small gas stove. Car distance is about 66Km each way, total 132km trip, so we should share petrol costs. Suggest passengers consider sharing costs of about $20 to split in average sized vehicle. Drive slowly on the Orroral Road as there can be lots of roos around. Advise by Wed night 8PM if you coming  Map of walk  | gpx file
16 Aug
Thu
9.00AM
start
Mt Ainslie Labyrinth & Stone Circles Meet at the Shed by 8.30AM. Then drive to parking spot on Kellway St Hackett via Phillip Ave, Dickson. From here we will walk through bush track then up Old Tip to Summit track until we can tunrroff & visit the 5 Senses Labyrinth with its Cubbyhouse. Then it will be down around a bit & then a sharp short uphill trudge to the summit. From the top it will be down the main Kokda trail until we can turn off & visit a solar emergency light with the 1st Stone Circle. Then a short downhill trip with a short leg across country to the Lower Quarry and then visit 8 stone circles before taking track back to the Kokoda Trail, up it a short way before taking various trails down & around the western edge & back to the car park. Around 7.5-8Km. Medium with some climbing on trails. Coffee options Hackett shops Wilburs or Siam Twist or maybe Maccas at EPIC  Map of walk  | gpx file
30 Aug
Thu
9.00AM
start
Wamboin – Greenways Meet at the Shed by 8.30AM  Map of walk  | gpx file | Wamboin Greenways

 

Walks to start at 8.30/9.00AM for Sep-Nov (Meet usually 8.00/8.30AM at the Shed. Check each walk for actual meeting time & place)
Date Location Description Pictures, Maps
2018
13 Sep
Thu
9.00AM
start
TBA  Map of walk  | gpx file
27 Sep
Thu
9.00AM
start
TBA Map of walk  | gpx file

 

 

 

Planning Possible Walks for 2018
Date Location Description Pictures, Maps
Harder More Scenic Walks
TBA  

 

 Map of walk  | gpx file
Easier Walks

 

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Current Walk Requests from Members
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Deferred Walks
Date
Location Description Pictures, Maps
 

 

 

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