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

CCT Tuggers

Walking the CCT down in Tuggers

Social 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 8 FYs: Jul-Jun 2010/11/12/13/14/15/16/17/18 we held a total of 183 walks, averaging ~23 per year, plus we have had at least 21 Social Walks by mid 2018

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)

1st Nov 2018 –  Social Walks start from Melba Shed every second Thurs, alternating with Standard Structured Walks

 

Scheduled Walks
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
22 Nov
Thu
8.30AM
start
Black Mountain Circular Walk Meet at the Shed by 8.00AM and drive to car park along Belconnen Way. On the map its marked as BelWay CP. To reach it drive down BelWay towards Macarthur Ave, but take the left hand offramp onto Fairfax St, to the first roundabout, going around the roundabout & back up Fairfax St to the junction with lights, which is the jn of BelWay, Barry Dr & Fairfax St. Then drive up BelWay for 800m from the lights & carefully pull over to the left & turn into a marked spot where you can park. Then from 8.30AM we will walk around Black Mountain coming down a trail parallel to BelWay then over to the CSIRO along its boundary then up along a new ANBG Nature Trail that will take us along the southern side of Black Mtn. From the end of the ANBG trail we will follow a well established footpad until we reach the Lakeview Tk turning left to drop down towards Glenloch & then following tracks up along the west side of Black Mountain. Coffee options: could deviate to Cafe in ANBG, or after drive to Two Before Ten Aranda Shops, SCC Jamison, etc. Walk Medium-Hard, 9.5Km. The footpad after the ANBG track has a short exposure to a large drop off so care is needed but some trees provide a safety net Map of walk overall | Map of walk Nth section | Map of walk Sth section | gpx file
6 Dec
Thu
8.00AM
start
Yarralumla, Royal Canberra Golf Course & Fish & Chip Lunch at SC Yacht Club This is intended to be a Christmas end of year luncheon walk for any walkers available. Meet at the Shed by 7.30AM and we will drive to park at either Weston park Nursery or SC Yacht Club. Assuming we park at the Yacht Club we will walk through Stirling Park, then across past the Yarralumla shops, then west & circle around the Golf Course, past the Nursery & along part of the shore back to the Yacht Club and have our Christmas fish & chip luncheon. Easy- Medium walk of around 9-10Km.
Re Lunch at Yacht Club: What’s available to eat/drink is on the menu. The planned walk is designed to get back to the CYC by about 11.30 so we could get a seat and get our orders in before the lunchtime rush.
Map of walk | gpx file | OSM Map
20 Dec
Thu
8.00AM
start
Gossan Hill & CIT Bushland Meet at the Shed by 8.00AM & drive to Car Park along Bindubi St just south of the Emergency Services new facilities. Then walk across Aranda playing fields over the bridge across BelWay and up and around Gossan Hill NR & some of Bushland between CIT & Calvary Hospital. Then return to Car park and thence to SCC at Jamison for final Christmas coffee & cake. Easy-Medium Walk, 7.0Km, 600m extra to SC Club 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
Bonner to CCT along border Needs to be surveyed. Concept is to walk hills of Bonner and up to the border return. Park at Bonner Oval. Coffee Bonner Coffee Guru. See 118 & Google earth views
Easier Walks
McLeods Ck NR Just east of Gundaroo. ~ 5Km, Easy
BNT Tallaganda La Between Mulligans Flat Rd & Murrumbateman Rd. ~12Km along country road. Part of National Trail. Easy-Medium
Greenways Wamboin No2
Goorooyaroo NR NSW Off Yass Road. Medium-Hard walk along border in restricted area due to possibility of unexploded ordinance (UXO)

 

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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