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Walking Group

Coordinator is Helen Miles.

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Go to Photo Albums to view a particular year’s walking photos.

The aim of the Walking Group is to provide a healthy and social activity at minimum cost.

When lunch is shown, it is usually a low cost option. If you wish to leave the activity prior to lunch, please let the leader know. The leader carries an attendance register, a first aid kit and an emergency contact list.

Most walks have some hills and some steps. You will be informed about the level of difficulty at the meeting prior to the walk.

February Walk

Our February walk was on Friday, 26 and we were blessed with a perfect day after all the grey, wet ones. Eight members enjoyed the clear blue sky and gentle breeze as we walked around the Cremorne peninsula.

Cheese and biscuits were eaten looking across the sparkling harbour towards the city, then coffee at the Cremorne Point Wharf and finishing with lunch at Mosman Rowers’ Club. Thanks, Ted, for providing such a fantastic day.

Our October walk was on Friday 30th and was Collaroy to Long Reef. We parked and met at the end of Beach Road overlooking Collaroy Pool at 9.30am. The walk was along the coast, up Long Reef Headland and around the golf course.

March Walk

Our March walk is on Friday, 26 March and is North Harbour Reserve to Manly and return. Park and meet at North Harbour Reserve, Condamine Street, Balgowlah at 9.15am for a 9.30am start.

The walk has a short part along streets but is mostly along the foreshore with harbour views. Coffee will be at Manly to give us strength for the return walk. Toilets and a coffee shop are also by North Harbour Reserve.

November Walk

Our last walk for the year was on 27th November and was from Bayview to Church Point. 15 members enjoyed another perfect day with great water views and amazing houses along our route.

We enjoyed coffee at the Church Point Wharf, in the fresh air, under shade, keeping COVID safe and with the fabulous view across the water to Scotland Island. While some walked further and explored the surrounds, others stayed and minded tables where we enjoyed a simple, tasty take away lunch together.

I would like to thank all who supported the walking group through these strange COVID times and wish all our Probus members a very happy and safe Christmas Season with happier times together in 2021.

There will be no walk in January. Our first walk in 2021, restrictions permitting, will be on Friday, 26 February. As yet no destination has been chosen. Details will be in the next newsletter.

Looking Back

The walking group had its first walk on 4 July 2008. It was started by John Robinson and Ted Morton. Subsequently, the timing of the walks was changed to the last Friday of the month. Many areas of Sydney have been explored.

The Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation has recently commenced walking groups. The bad news is the closest group to Belrose is North Sydney. The good news is you have your very own walking group within our Probus Club.

Here is an extract of what the Heart Foundation has to say about walking:

“There are many ways to be physically active, but walking is the number one activity most Australian adults do on a regular basis. Walking is so popular because it is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. It can be done just about anywhere and is free. Walking also has a very low risk of injury (not jarring on the joints) and doesn’t require any special equipment or training.

Although we encourage everyone to walk, Heart Foundation Walking is structured around organised groups, as this compliments the social aspect of walking. People can talk while they walk so it’s a great way to get to know your neighbours and your neighbourhood.

Being active on a regular basis is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and walking is a great way to look after your heart. Regular physical activity helps –

  • reduce the risk of heart disease & stroke,
  • manage weight, blood pressure & cholesterol
  • prevent & control diabetes
  • reduce the risk of developing some cancers
  • maintain bone density, reducing the risk of fractures
  • improve balance and coordination, reducing the risk of falls

It also helps you feel stronger, more energetic and happier and improves your overall quality and enjoyment of life.”

So, what is stopping you? Get involved in your Club’s walking group and enjoy easy walking in a social atmosphere with friends.