The Walks

3rd February 2022

Fryers Ridge Conservation Reserve Walk. Taradale.

Twenty five members enjoyed a modest 7.5km hike through the Fryers ridgeConservation Reserve, recently refreshed with healthy rain. No bigclimbs or rough descents to scare new members  or test returningmembers. For the last 3.5kms we followed the main Coliban Water Channeland learned some of the history of the Coliban Water Management System.For those of us who walked along the Channel last year, we were pleasedthere was no cause for any of our members to jump into the channel thistime. A pleasant hike to start this year’s program, giving members thechance to renew contact with each other and get to know new members.

Here is the link to the map of the walk on All Trails. MAP

17th February 2022

Pennyweight Flat Quartz Hill Loop Walk mainly in the Castlemaine
Diggings National Heritage Park. Castlemaine/Chewton

A large group of 28 members travelled to the car park of the Pennyweight
Flat Children’s Cemetery. A walk north along Colless Road, before
turning into PikeStreet Track and entering the Castlemaine Diggings
Park. Plenty of track variations as we moved east passing and crossing
Dirty Dick’s and Sailors Gullies before climbing up to Quartz Hill. Had
a good look at the open cut mining that has reduced the hill. From there
south towards the Garfield Water Wheel before turning west/north to
climb up to Quartz Hill Track. Followed the latter track back to Colless
Road and our start point. Finished with a pleasant hour at open air
setting at The Malmsbury Bakery for coffee and food. The walk was 7.5kms
and provided a few more walking challenges for the group. Pleased to
confirm our Whip Ian did a great job and we did not lose a walker!

Here is the link to the map of the walk on All Trails. MAP

3rd March 2022

Spring Gully Mine, Eureka Reef and water race loop walk

Under an azure sky the group left the Spring Gully Mine car park. After a breathless 600 metres slog up Spring Gully Road, the terrain levelled off, as we joined a single file track atop the earth wall of a 150 year old water race. A circuit along the Eureka Reef Heritage Walk for a taste of mining history, followed by a good look at the remains of a Cornish Chimney. Walked past a silent Dingo Farm and joined the Goldfields Track for the last section of the loop walk back to the Spring Gully Mine. A solid 9.2km hike, followed by a pleasant warm-down at the Malmsbury Bakery. We earned our vanilla slices, cakes and yes, cornish pasties. A most enjoyable walk.

A link to the Alltrails map

17th March 2022

Mt Macedon Memorial Cross loop walk

Walkers gathered at our usual meeting place under leaden skies and
drizzly rain. As we approached Mt.Macedon the rain stopped. Starting
from MacGregors Picnic Ground, shrouded in mountain mist, we joined the
Macedon Ranges Walking Track (MRWT) for a delightful forest walk. The
vista opened up as we approached the Memorial Cross. From there pleasant
walking along Francis Road and Clyde Track, before rejoining the MRWT
for the last stretch. Along the way, couple of Hirudineas’ (leeches)
tried to befriend Helen, but it seems she has enough friends in her life
as she shook them off ( with shrieks). Coffee, cakes and a good chat at
the Mt. Macedon General Store was a nice way to finish a most enjoyable,
near 9km, walk.

The link to the Alltrails map is HERE

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31st March 2022

Two Gullies Walk

We had a keen group of 16 walkers head for Porcupine Ridge Road for the
start finish/point where the Goldfields Track crossed the road. A
pleasant day for walking had us head east through lush forest for a
couple of kilometres before turning north. Increasing evidence of mining
and recent storm damage as we climbed up to Wewak track, which we
followed for a short distance before turning south along Link Track
which joined us back up with the Goldfields Track for the last leg to
the finish point.

Learned something about Charles Sanger, the fighting
between Irish and Italian miners in Fighting Gully and heard from Kerry
about the work being done to map a local species of Grevillea (Grevillea
Obtecta, known locally as Fryerstown, Taradale and/or Elphinstone
Grevillea) which is becoming rarer. Kerry pointed out an example of the
low spreading shrub and our keen eyed walkers spotted several more
examples as we walked along Wewak Track.

Lunch at the Glenlyon General Store which was pleasant.

The Alltrails link is: HERE

21st April 2022

20 intrepid walkers travelled to the Creswick Regional Forest to drop off a couple of vehicles at the proposed finish point and then went on to the start point on White Swan Road, towards Ballarat. A very pleasant walk along the Goldfields Track and the Slaty Creek diggings. Rather than stop for a break at Chapel Flat and go on to the Slaty Creek Camp Ground, we mysteriously returned to our start point at the White Swan Reservoir. Although not completing the planned walk it was an enjoyable 8+km hike through the forest. Our leader has been formally accepted into the “Where the hell are we Club.” There were another couple of challenges facing the group. Firstly a walkers car refused to move from where it was parked and ultimately was taken away on the back of a truck. Secondly, to allow the leader to go back to support the stranded walkers, it was agreed the convoy would drive north along Slaty Creek Road out of the forest to Creswick and lunch. The navigator of the lead vehicle showed the Google map with Slaty Creek Road and off they went. 50 meters on from the camping Ground they saw the road sign and promptly turned south instead of north. All ended well and the group enjoyed their coffee and lunch at the Smokeytown Cafe. Peter will be gifted a compass.