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Walking Group

Coordinator is Helen Miles.


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.

Proposed Walks for 2022

29 July. Coogee to Maroubra. Led by Helen
26 August. Bush walk – Davidson. Led by Ted. 9.15 for 9.30am
30 September. Lysgard Garden Led by Helen
28 October. Centennial Park. Led by Helen & Dennis
25 November. Watson’s Bay. Lunch. Led by Helen

Locations and times for the above walks may alter due to weather conditions and Covid restrictions.

July Walk

Our July walk is on the Friday 29th and is Coogee to Maroubra led by Helen.

Meet at Glenrose at 9.10am to catch the 9.17am City Bus. We then catch the Light Rail to Randwick at the QVB followed by a bus to Coogee. After coffee we head off along the Coastal Walk to Maroubra.

Unfortunately there is a section away from the coast around Lurline Bay which involves a steep hill, 3 blocks of street walking, then downhill to rejoin the Coastal Walk. Anyone finding this to strenuous
can catch a bus to Maroubra along Malabar Road.

We are planning to have lunch at the Marini Cafe before catching a bus back to Kensington, Light Rail to QVB and bus to Glenrose. There is also the choice of a bus from Maroubra to the Quay, Ferry to Manly then bus to Glenrose. This will be a full day outing.

June Walk

Our June walk was around Barangaroo and Walsh Bay Wharves and was led by Helen as Lyn & Jock were enjoying a week away. Although it was cool and partly cloudy, twelve walkers enjoyed this area and being able to walk along the water’s edge while taking in the harbour views now the building of the Casino is completed. We were also really impressed by the growth of all the landscaped planting in this area.

Coffee at Wild Sage, cheese & biscuits en route and lunch at the Museum of Contemporary Art were also enjoyed.

May Walk

Our May walk was at George’s Heights and Middle Head led by Helen.

Once again we had a wonderful sunny day and the 11 walkers enjoyed the great views of the harbour from George’s Head before proceeding down to the Middle Head Fortifications. We enjoyed coffee in
the courtyard at the Middle Head Cafe then continued on to the Fortifications to explore, enjoy the views and cheese & biscuits. Later some of us returned to the Cafe for lunch.

Thank you Peter for the fantastic photos of our day.

April Walk

Our April walk in Narrabeen was led by Ted and enjoyed by 12 walkers and Molly.

How lucky were we to have a lovely sunny day after all the rain. We started along the ocean side before crossing over to the lake. A leisurely coffee was really enjoyed at H2O before continuing on around the lake for cheese and biscuits in the shade and a return to the cars. Thank you Ted for a great morning out after all the wet weather.

March Walk

Due to the weather conditions on Thursday 24 March and forecast for Friday 25 March a decision to cancel the March walk was made in time for an email to inform members. Unfortunately the weather on Friday morning was better than expected and we could have enjoyed the walk. We hope to reschedule this walk at a later date.

November Walk

Our November walk was on Friday 26th at Narrabeen and was to be led by Ted Morton. Unfortunately due to the weather we did not walk but 11 members met for a most enjoyable lunch at Oceans Narrabeen. Thank you Ted for organising the venue for our last walk of the year.

There is no walk in December or January but we will recommence in 2022 on Friday, 25th February with a new programme for the year.

October Walk

Ten walkers braved the hot weather forecast to enjoy the 3 Bridges walk at Frenchs Forest.

We were extremely lucky to have cloud and a breeze to keep temperatures down as we walked over the Wakehurst Parkway to the Aquatic centre and Baseball fields. We then retraced our steps to the park for cheese and biscuits before crossing the bridge at Forest Way for coffee at the shops then on to the bridge at the NB Hospital and the route back to our cars. A very pleasant walk and get together after lockdown.

Helen Miles

June Walk

The walk on 25 June was at North Head and was led by Ted Morton.

While we had been hoping for more starters on this easy walk, we had 10 happy members who enjoyed a beautiful clear and sunny day and an interesting walk with great scenery and many points of interest. (The coffee was good too!)

The walk encompassed the old military barracks and parade ground, beautiful native bushland, great lookout points with views across the harbour, the 3rd Quarantine cemetery and some gun emplacements. Some claim to have sighted a splash from a frolicking whale! Another highlight was the extensive memorial walkway for men and women who have served in all conflicts. Descendants can buy an engraved paver and have it placed along the walkway in memory of their loved one. Ted has one for his father.

Thanks, Ted for a terrific outing.

Helen Miles

May Walk

Our May walk was on Friday 28th May at Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park and was led by Elaine Winslade.

Twelve walkers braved the sunny but very cold, windy conditions to explore a section of the park.
After coffee at Waterview Cafe we headed off, passing the Village Green Playground, to the Treillage Tower where some members braved the wind to climb to the top.

From here we walked down to the Sundial then past the Field Studies Tower and along the path by Powell’s Creek to the Badu mangroves and boardwalk and Bennelong Pond. We then turned south across the grass, past the Peace Monument and Hill Pavilion to the Lake Belvedere circuit before returning to Waterview Cafe for lunch.

Thank you Elaine for a very enjoyable outing.
Helen Miles

April Walk

Our April Walk was on Friday 30th April and was led by Malcolm McLean. Thirteen walkers met outside the Castlecrag Private Hospital for a walk around the area looking at some of the Walter Burley Griffin houses. After coffee at the local shops Malcolm led us along interesting tracks among houses where we saw a number of sandstone and flat roof homes typical of the Burley Griffin style. We climbed up Tower Reserve for a view of the harbour and enjoyed our cheese and biscuits in the park at the base of the rocky outcrop before heading back along Edinburgh Road to the Ganache Patisserie for lunch. Thank you, Malcolm for a very informa-tive outing. Helen Miles

March Walk

Our March walk was on Friday, 26 March.

Again, we were lucky with a lovely sunny day for our walk from North Harbour Reserve to Manly and return. After all the rain seven members enjoyed the pleasant conditions walking along the harbour foreshore. We had coffee and icy fruit juices with our cheese and biscuits overlooking the wharf and harbour pool at Manly before returning to Balgowlah.

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.