We schedule walks every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and one weekend walk each month. On many Wednesdays and Fridays we schedule both “Easy” and “Moderate” walks.
Walks generally commence at 9.30 a.m. from the starting point of each walk.
During summer months walks start at 9.00 a.m. again from designated starting points..
On days of total fire ban the Group meets at the Eltham Library car park to assess the safety of the scheduled walk, and substitute an alternative, if necessary.
For walks some distance from Eltham, carpooling is an option. Interested walkers meet at one of three pre-determined meeting points: for all destinations south of Eltham, including Warrandyte, members meet at Eltham Lower Park; for walks beyond Research members meet in the car park behind the Eltham Little Theatre at Research; for walks West of Eltham members meet in the car park adjacent to the Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre off Civic Drive, Greensborough.
Because each member has access to a description of every planned walk there is no need for a formal walk leader. It is assumed that all walkers will take responsibility to read the description before a walk or bring along a printed copy.
Our walks are continuously revised and improved. We typically schedule eight exploratory walks a year. These are designed to review proposed new walks..
Twice a year a Planning Meeting produces a Schedule of Walks listing walks for the next 6 months. The schedule gives names, dates and summary information of the walks. It is to be used in conjunction with our Walks – complete list of walks with directions which provides a detailed description for each walk.
During the planning process members may volunteer to organize a weekend walk. The volunteer takes responsibility for planning the walk, meeting place, starting time and lunch arrangements. These walks are included in the Schedule of Walks.
These weekend walks are usually planned for Saturdays, allowing for a one-off exploration of more distant locations. They may be longer than weekday walks and include lunch at a local venue or a BYO picnic. Carpooling is an obvious option for weekend walks.
Regional, Interstate and overseas walks
Over recent years small groups of members have planned their own trips for walking in Wilson’s Promontory, Beechworth, Tasmania, Western Australia, New South Wales, Central Queensland, Lord Howe Island, Slovenia, England and Iceland.