Walks

Walking Activities

Introduction

Walks will expose members to some of 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 BEFORE WALKING on things you need to do and bring for walking. See the Checklist and also check the BOM Canberra forecast. 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 2010/11 through to 2017/18 we held a total of 183 walks, averaging ~23 per year, plus we have had at least 28 Social Walks by mid 2019

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)

Feb 2019 –  Social Walks suspended until later in 2019 | Album of pictures containing Don Gruber on Shed Walks. This covers from July 2010 until Feb 2016

A walk in nature can be good for your head, your happiness and your relationship – Thanks to John Arundel for this

 

Scheduled Walks
Walks to start at 8.30/9.00AM for Mar-May (Meet usually 8.00/8.30AM at the Shed. Check each walk for actual meeting time & place)
Date Location Description Pictures, Maps
2019
23 May
Thu
9.30AM
start
Settlers Track, Namadgi Meet at the Shed by 7.30AM. Then car sharing drive into Namadgi and down the Boboyan Rd to Brayshaw Hut near the NSW border. It will take close to 2 hrs drive & 90Km with the last 20km on a formed dirt road. The walk has a 6Km or 9-10Km options. We will try to do the 10Km options with its side trips as its on a track with minimal climbing. Please consider sharing costs of petrol for the car. Its about $28-30 worth of fuel for normal cars. Bring warm clothes, lunch and water. Medium Walk, 10Km Map of walk | gpx file | Brochure of walk
6 June
Thu
9.00AM
start
Watson-Majura Loop Meet at the Shed by 8.30AM. Then drive to the dirt car park just off Antill St at the north end of Watson where we have been before. Then we will do Walk No38 as described in Stuart’s book Canberra’s Best Bush, Park & City Walks. Initially we will walk up a dirt track to meet the Mawson Majura Track along the bottom west edge of Mt Majura. Then we walk staight ahead until we turn north to pass through an underpass under the Federal Hwy. Then we walk back south down a bitumen Rd. Just before the road loops onto the Federal Hwy, veer to the right next to the fence & down to another log barrier then along the fence past paddocks. Then we will walk along long paddocks vering around Bendora Boading Kennels. We then walk along past the Jevenile Detenction Centre & turn left onto Old Well Station Rd. Then we turn right onto Federal Hwy walking along the nature strip unitl we reach junction with Stirling Ave. Cross the street then turn left & cross the lights to walk down Sirling St to its junction with Knox St then walk down a nice dirt corridor lined with Eucalypts, Pine & Oaks until we are back at the cars. Easy-Medium, 9.1Km. Options for coffee at Maccas at EPIC or Know Cafe in Watson Map of walk | gpx file
20 June
Thu
9.00AM
start
Square Rock, Namadgi. Meet at the Shed by 7.30AM. Then car sharing, drive to Tuggeranong and turn right at the 2nd roundabout south of Tuggers Town centre. On Woodcock Dr turn right onto Jim Pike Ave, then turn right onto Point Hut Road then right at Tidbinbilla Road, turning left at Corin Road towards Corin Forest. Then park at the Corin Forest Hub Car on the left just past Corin Forest. Then walk out to Orroral Valley Lkt & Square Rock itself. About 250m overall climb. Route is mostly on a nicely made track with reasonable gradient. There are some metal ladders to climb at the Rock but its only 3 metres or so and safe. Medium Walk Total 10.6Km, 3 hours, including visit to Orroral Valley Lookout. Car Distance is about 60Km each way, total 120km trip, so we should to share petrol costs. Suggest passengers consider sharing cost of 12 litres, ie about $18 to split in average sized vehicle. It will take close to 1.5 hrs to drive there. Bring warm clothes, lunch and water. Drivers should take it easy on Corin Road it has lots of bends and is narrow. Map of walk | gpx file | Brochure of walk

 

 

Planning Possible Walks for 2019
Date Location Description Pictures, Maps
Harder More Scenic Walks
TBA  Map of walk  | gpx file
TBA Map of walk | gpx file
TBA Map of walk | gpx file
Easier Walks
TBA Map of walk  | gpx file
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)

 

 

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 4-7Km 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 or a lot of altitude change ie 25Km or 6 hrs ie Mt Tennent, Cotter Gap

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
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