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 9 FYs: 2010/11 through to 2018/19 we held a total of 207 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: actelan@gmail.com, or Drew McDonald (Mob: 0467 615 760) Email: drew.mcdonald@gmail.com, 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

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 start at 8.00AM for Dec-Feb (Meet by 7.30AM at the Shed)  (Check each walk for actual meeting time & place)
Date Location Description Pictures, Maps
2019
5 Dec
Thu
8.00AM
start
Molonglo River North Side Tracks Misery Point Meet at the Shed by 8AM & drive to park in Madgwick St Coombs (access from Cotter Rd junction with John Gorton Dr via Harold White Ave, or from John Gorton Dr into Fred Daly Ave to Madgwick St). From 8.30AM walk across Annabelle View to cross Southwells Crossing bridge and walk trails around to Misery Point then return via Barrer Hill and other more northern tracks. Easy-Medium walk with small climb to Barrer Hill. 7.2Km. Coffee options, Denman prospect coffee shop, Maccas next to RSPCA Map of walk  | gpx file
19 Dec
Thu
8.00AM
start
TBA Map of walk  | gpx file
2020
? Thu
8.00AM
start
TBA Map of walk  | gpx file

 

 

 

Planning Possible Walks for 2020
Date Location Description Pictures, Maps
Harder More Scenic Walks
  Map of walk  | gpx file
  Spring Ck Gorge, Yanunubean NR off Captains Flat Rd, Access Woolcara Lane, Rock Hopping, some bush, 10.6Km. Medium-Hard (John Evans) Map of walk | gpx file
  Cuumbeun Nature Reserve near Qbn  Around 17km and 600m climb, Medium-Hard. Some old mining sites (John Evans) Map of walk | gpx file
Goorooyaroo NR NSW Off Yass Road. Medium-Hard walk along border in restricted area due to possibility of unexploded ordinance (UXO)
Easier Walks
Location Description 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
Zoo Pines Mountain bike area. Needs recce. Can walk along Molonglo from bridge at Scrivenor Dam
Along Molonglo from above Coppins Crossing to Coombs and back. Needs recce
Park RSPCA & walk along tracks along Molonglo north side returning along south side of Molonglo. Needs recce

 

 

Current Walk Requests from Members

 

 

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