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 (This may change in Jan18 when he gets NBN)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: 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 8.00AM for Dec-Feb (Meet usually 7.30AM at the Shed. Check each walk for actual meeting time & place)
Date Location Description Pictures, Maps
 2017
 14 Dec
Thu
8.15AM start
Kaleen Short Circuit Meet at the Shed by 8.00AM. 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 Ellenborough 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
21 Dec Melba Short walk See this page
 2018
 11/18/25 Jan  Melba Short walks See this page
1 & 8 Feb  Melba Short Walks See this page
15 Feb
Thu
8.30AM start
Qbn Oaks Estate River Walk Meet at the Shed by 7.30AM, then drive to a car park behind the central bus interchange behind junction of Morrisset & Collett Sts. 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. Driving: probaby best via Belco Way, Limestone Ave, Airport, Yass Rd Qbn then back route ie 2nd roundabout on Bungendore Rd turn right to Atkinson St, then left on Morrisset St. Enter bus interchange off Morriset or Collett Sts Map of walk Nth Part | Map of walk Sth Partgpx filePhotos of the Recce walk by Greg & Drew 31st Aug
1 Mar
Thu
8.00AM start
 TBA

 

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

 

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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