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. 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 Shed Insurance policy does not apply to them and thus if they walk they do so at their own risk
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
Western Shores Lake Ginninderra
Dam Mulligans Flat. Yes the reflection shows the top upside down!

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)
 

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.

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: 8.00/8.30AM 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)
 

Things to Consider before Walking – See below

Scheduled Walks

Walks start at 9.00AM for Jun-Aug (Meet by 8.30AM at the Shed where appropriate) (Check each walk for actual meeting time & place)

Date | Location

Map | gpx File | Other Info

Description

xx Jul 2021 – 9.00 AM (walk start time)

ABCD

Map of walk | gpx file

TBA

TBA – Walk will be held at an appropriate future date

xx MM 2021 – xxx AM (walk start time)

Theodore Knolls & Grinding Grooves

Meet at the Shed by 8.30AM Park in Callister St, Theodore and walk along ridge to Grinding Grooves. Medium 5.5Km. See walk 179 of 12 Apr 2018. Access is off Tharwa Drive, Theodore, then along Lawrence-Wackett Cres to Chippendall Cres, then on to Callister St parking at the top southern point on this little St. We then walk N E over two knolls dropping down to visit the Aboriginal Grinding grooves, returning via tracks along the Theodore suburban fenceline. Some great views.

Road access is down the Tuggeranong Parkway, then continue straight south on Drakeford Drive, past Tuggers Town Centre, straight through the Johnson Drive roundabout, then left or east on the Tharwa Drive roundabout (the one with the Firehouse on the south east side, it’s the third roundabout since Tugg Town Centre). Then along Tharwa Drive into Theodore, taking the first possible intersection on the right, then along Lawrence-Wackett Cres to Chippendall Cres, then on to Callister St parking at the top southern point on this little Street.

We will probably start walking around 9.15AM. Hopefully we will finish back at the cars by around 11.15AM.

Possible Future Walks

DateLocationDescriptionMapGPX fileOther 
Easier More Social Walks
TBAMcLeods Ck NR Just east of Gundaroo. ~ 5Km, Easy
TBABNT Tallaganda La CollectorBetween Mulligans Flat Rd & Murrumbateman Rd. ~12Km along country road. Part of National Trail. Easy-Medium
TBAAlong Molonglofrom above Coppins Crossing to Coombs and back. Needs recce
TBADenman Prospect TrailsMeet at the Shed & drive along John Gorton drive, turning right at first lights into Holborow Ave. We will park along here somewhere and then walk down to Butters Bridge across the Molonglo and then downstream along various tracks which are in the Lower Molonglo Nature Reserve and then back up some ridges past some old pine trees to visit the Morning Dew Cafe for coffee (1 Felsted Vista) in Denman shops and then back to the cars. Easy- Medium, 8-9Km, depending on final route.Map of Planned Walk area
Harder More Scenic Walks
TBAMolonglo River North SidePark in Coombs near RSPCA and walk across river then west along trails returning past edge of Arboretum. A bit exploratory. 6-8Km. Medium to Medium-Hard
TBASpring Ck Gorge, Yanunubean NRoff Captains Flat Rd, Access Woolcara Lane, Rock Hopping, some bush, 10.6Km. Medium-Hard (John Evans)
TBACuumbeun Nature Reserve near QbnAround 17km and 600m climb, Medium-Hard. Some old mining sites (John Evans)
TBAGoorooyaroo NR NSWOff Yass Road. Medium-Hard walk along border in restricted area due to possibility of unexploded ordinance (UXO)

Walk Requests from Members

LocationDescriptionComments
ANUANU Walk around Sculptures & ArtRequires lots of planning due to ANU changes
Yankee Hat Rock PaintingsWalk from Car park out to rock paintings across creek and open plainsNot accessible after 2020 fires as at 25 April 2021


Deferred Walks

DateLocationDescriptionMapsGPX FileOther

Guide to Grades

GradeDescription
Easy should be fairly simple walks on tracks or grassy ground with minimal altitude change. Typically would be a max of 2 hrs and 4-8Km walking
Easy – Mediumshould 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
Mediumreally aimed at the Scenic type of walk with some climbing, maybe more difficult navigating. 3 hrs or 10-12Km walking
Medium – Hardis 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 16Km
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 Difficulty of Walks

GradeDescription
Easy Social tripsshould be fairly simple walks on tracks or grassy ground with minimal altitude change. Typically would be a max of 3 hrs and 10Km walking
Scenic tripsshould be similar to Easy but might involve some small amount of climbing or slightly longer distance. Typically would be a max of 5 hrs and 20Km walking


Guide to Locations

AREADESCRIPTION
Belconnenthat area normally part of Belconnen
Gungahlinthat area normally part of Gungahlin
Centralthat area that covers North Canberra, South Canberra, Woden, and Civic
Tuggeranongthat area south of Weston and Mt Taylor
Queanbeyanthat area east of the Lake, Fyshwick and Monaro Highway
Weston-Stromlothat area south of the Molonglo and west of the Parkway down to Kambah Pool
NamadgiNamadgi National Park and Tidbinbilla

Things to Consider Before Walking

The shed offers members the opportunity of participating in some occasional walks as a supplement to our usual activities. The aim of this is to expose members to some of the delights of nature around and within Canberra, as well as getting some exercise. Most walks will be designed to be undertaken within 3 hours from start to finish including breaks and be no more than 10-15Km and include climbs of no more than 250 metres in total. However there may be an occasion where we could go to Namadgi and do a half day or more walk.

Generally walks will be held every two weeks on a Thurs with walks alternating between easy social strolls around simple locations like Lake Ginninderra versus more challenging scenic walks to places such as Cooleman Ridge. These latter walks will tend to be more the medium and sometimes medium/hard type of walk. Most walks will be on tracks or easy open country with minimal scrub bashing or cross country style walking.

Checklist of Things to Do and/or Consider

 
  1. check the grade and distance of the walk and ensure you are capable of doing it. If in any doubts call the leader
  2. check the start time and meeting place
  3. wear sturdy walking shoes with good grip (essential for steep slopes or rocky creeks etc) (you don’t normally need heavy & expensive ie $300 Scarpa bushwalking boots or similar)
  4. wear sensible clothes including warm clothes in winter
  5. wear a wide brim hat in summer, autumn & spring
  6. bring a water bottle (You could use staminade or similar. However water is more functional and can be used to e.g. to wash a wound). See notes below for CamelBak options
  7. bring a raincoat when its threatening
  8. use sunscreen cream in non winter months (Sept-Apr) especially SPF 30+, 50+
  9. bring a snack if we are taking more than 2 hours
  10. bring a mobile phone (Sep 2015 – This Canberra Times article on finding Kathleen Bautista highlights the benefits of carrying a mobile. Walkers should take special note)
  11. consider a well built walking stick (or pair of sticks) if your frail or with damaged knees. A lot of people use them all over the world and swear by their assistance value
  12. advise the leader if you have had any serious condition that might be exacerbated by a vigorous walk (i.e. stroke, heart condition, asthma, etc)
  13. ensure your contacts details & those of your emergency contact are on the Walking Contact Sheet (we don’t publish this)

Before Walking

 

Insurance Issues – The Shed has AMSA Insurance which does cover us for “Excursions, including by bicycle or foot, on designated tracks, pathways and other outside locations”. So generally we are covered for public liability issues as long as we don’t get into significant off-track adventures or rock climbing, etc. For personal injuries we should first seek medical assistance through using Medicare and any private medical cover we may have. Refer to this page for the Shed policy and FAQs.

Note that any non-members who walk with us are not covered by the Shed’s policy. Thus any non-members will be required to accept that they walk at their own risk.

Members should have an ability to walk at least 3Km in 1 hour. Some scenic walks may require climbs such as Black Mountain, Mt Ainslie, or Mt Taylor where the altitude change may be up to 250m (820 feet). This is likely to be the maximum. If undertaken slowly most can do this. However members should carefully assess their abilities for any walks before turning up. If in doubt seek advice. Most of these walks should be fairly safe and we will take enough time to allow for adequate rests.

You need adequate footwear. Sneakers with a good soul and grip would be mostly suitable. Also you need comfortable trousers, shirt and jumper. You will need a polar fleece lightweight jacket or similar in winter. You definitely need a good hat in the warmer months.

Dehydration can impact anyone. Ensure you keep well hydrated especially in summer. A small water bottle <300ml is adequate from May-Sept, Oct-April 1000ml (i.e. 1 litre) or more is recommended. Note we now have had 2 people feint due to dehydration. Both of these occurred just after the walk finished. If you are carrying water you also have to drink it. You don’t bring it to carry it home again. You can also use a Camelbak type of pack that comes with an inbuilt 1.5 to 2.5L water capacity with a tube you can suck water out of. Some of their packs double as a day pack and can be used with the reservoir in or out. See Camelbak Australia. Greg now has a Camelbak Rogue which comes with a 2.5L reservoir and some compartments for snacks and emergency gear. Its probably more for cycling than hiking. The Cloud Walker model might be best for hikers only.

Simple snacks ie apple, banana, muesli bar or similar is adequate for such walks. Sometimes if we go for full half day or more to Namadgi you may need to carry lunch plus snacks.

Other items to consider: Camera, Mobile phone, strong headache pills, band aids, sunscreen cream in non winter months (ie Sep-Apr) preferably SPF 30+ or better, and a small 50ml bottle of hand sanitiser. The leader will carry a mobile and small first aid kit, as well as have knowledge of the route. It’s unlikely that anything more than a small day pack would be needed. In fact if you can place things in a pocket or bum bag then this would be best.

Weather: If the weather is bad on the morning we will postpone. Cool weather above 5C is good for walking, however strong winds with rain or drizzle is not suitable when combined with cold weather. Over 30C is also too hot in the middle of the day. In summer we will consider early morning walks.

Walking Grades: Please understand that some walks are harder than others due to distance or the amount of altitude change, or rocks, or steep slippery surfaces or just the gradient of the walk (ie steepness). See the grades used above.

Car Costs & Other Fees: For some walks to places further away such as Namadgi, Tidbinbilla, Googong, etc it is suggested members should help share the cost of petrol with others in the car. The concept of sharing can be based on an average vehicle using approx 10litres/100km and $1.50 per litre. This equates to $15 per 100Km. Thus for a trip of about 65Km each way, ie. total 130km trip, suggest passengers consider sharing cost of petrol; say 13 litres, ie about $20 to split in average sized vehicle. For 55Km each way. total 110 Km, about $18; for 75Km each way, total 150Km, about $23, etc. We should also share entry charges as these occur, as they will at Tidbinbilla or car parking costs which will probably occur around Central Canberra.

Snake Protection – The best protection is avoidance. However if your paranoid about these critters then good boots and gaiters may give you piece of mind. You might like to read this: Snake Facts Which You Probably Didn’t Know – thanks to Mike Munk. Product details. Here is a YouTube video on the product. These Protex Snake gaiters look well made but may cost around $144. Availability of these gaiters is through safety places such as Protector Alsafe, Unit 1, 80-82 Kembla St, Fyshwick 6290 0155, or Fyshwick Outdoor Power Centre, 6 Wiluna St 6280 5203.

Normal gaiters & walking equipment can be sourced through Macpac now at Majura Park and soon Belconnen Mall | Paddy Pallin Lonsdale St, Braddon | BCF, 47 Newcastle St, Fyshwick, 6280 8888, also at Nettlefold St, Belconnen, Anaconda, 36 Iron Knob St, Fyshwick, 6123 3600; Kathmandu, Belconnen Mall, 6251 7678. Mont of 18 Pirie St, Fyshwick, 6162 1661 also has lots of excellent items and is worth checking. Note Macpac has been bought by the Super Group. Mountain Designs has been bought by the owners of Anaconda, the Spotlight Group and have been closing stores.