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Walks Programme – October – December 2019

Autumn Walks Calendar

October

Sunday 6th October: Cultural walk through the British Garrison town of Mtarfa ending with a visit to an olive press.

An easy walk starting at the Mdina Gate from where we head towards Mtarfa where we will pass through the old garrison town with its military buildings and pass close to a very old chapel overlooking the Chadwick Lakes. On leaving Mtarfa, we then head to Tal- Kanċillier olive press where we can watch olive oil being processed. There will be olive oil for sale for those who wish to purchase some.

Duration: 2.5hrs approx.

Rating: Easy

Meeting Place: Mdina Gate

Starting Time: 09:00


Wednesday 9th October: One last session of Water-Walking

We meet at Għadira Bay (Mellieħa), meeting on the left-hand side of the bay (when facing the sea) at the parking place close to the toilets. We shall be walking in waist to chest-high water.

Remember to bring sea shoes or similar footwear for your own safety.

Starting Time: 16:00


Sunday 13th October: Chinese Garden in Santa Luċija and on to Gudja

We will be visiting the Chinese gardens and walking to the quaint village of Gudja using country pathways.

Duration: 3 hrs approx.

Rating: Easy

Meeting Place: Chinese Gardens, Triq il-Pepprin, Santa Luċija

Starting Time: 09:00


Sunday 20th October: Dingli / Mtaħleb

From our starting point, we will walk towards the Mtaħleb area and return to our starting point via a different route. Some of the walk is along well-trodden footpaths and roads. But some places are off the beaten track, and will require some clambering on difficult terrain, including loose stones and boulders. If you cannot handle this sort of terrain, then it would be better to give this walk a miss!

Duration: 3 hrs approx.

Rating: Hard to Very Hard, (see reasons above). Please heed the warning!

Meeting Place: Dingli Parish Church

Starting Time: 08:30 Please note the start time!


Wednesday 23rd October: Mġarr countryside

A pleasant ramble in the countryside around Mġarr.

Duration: 3 hrs approx.

Rating: Easy to Moderate

Meeting Place: Mġarr Parish Church

Starting Time: 14:00


Sunday 27th October: Walk and visit to a bee-keeping centre

We shall be meeting at 8:30 and we will make our way to the beekeeping centre where we will split up into 2 groups: one group will continue on an hour and a half (approx.) walk, and the other will visit the beekeeping area. Then we will swap. It would be appreciated if we could each give a 1 euro donation that will go towards helping the beekeeper’s initiative.

Duration: 3 approx.

Rating: Easy to moderate

Meeting Place: Għarghur Parish Church

Starting Time: 08:30 Please note the start time!


November

Saturday 2nd November: A cultural walk along the streets of Żebbug Malta

A cultural walk around the old streets of Żebbug, Malta, visiting St. Rocco Church, Ħal Mula and Tad-Dawl Chapel, while admiring fine old houses along the route.

Duration: 2.5hrs approx.

Rating: Easy

Meeting Place: Żebbug Parish Church

Starting Time: 09:00

PS: This is a Saturday walk!


Wednesday 6th November: Smart City / Żonqor

Walking towards Żonqor along country lanes and tracks with some uneven ground, and coming back along the coast.

Duration: 3hrs approx.

Rating: Moderate with some rough ground

Meeting Place: Smart City (bottom car park)

Starting Time: 14:00


Sunday 10th November: Mellieħa / Mġiebaħ (Coastal and country)

From our starting point, we walk towards il-Kortin to Mġiebaħ, then along the coast towards Mġiebaħ Bay. From there, we walk up towards Selmun Palace. Before we get to Selmun Palace, we take a right turn back to Mġiebaħ past some old beehives, then towards il-Kortin to our starting point.

Duration: 3 hrs approx.

Rating: Moderate to Hard with rough terrain and some sharp inclines.

Meeting Place: Belleview / Valyou Shopping Centre

Starting Time: 09:00


Sunday 17th November: Burmarrad / Wardija / Bidnija

From the starting point, we turn left and walk along the valley, climbing up to pass a Chapel, and then on to Wardija Battery. Beautiful view of St Paul’s Islands and surroundings. Then we go down a path across the fields, before climbing up again to a hill leading to the outskirts of Bidnija. We return to the starting point along a different trail. Lovely views of Qawra, Salini and Għajn Riħana.

Duration: 3 to 4 hrs.

Rating: Moderate with some sharp inclines

Meeting Place: Scotts Supermarket, Burmarrad

Starting Time: 09:00


Wednesday 20th November: 6 Chapels Walk

From the ex-Trade Fair Grounds, Naxxar (Election counting Halls), we head towards several chapels on our way to Mosta Valley, where we will visit the last two chapels on our itinerary. We then head back to the starting point.

Duration: 3 hrs approx.

Rating: Moderate

Meeting Place: ex-Trade Fair Grounds (Election Counting halls)

Starting Time: 14:00


Sunday 24th November: A Walk in the South of the Island

From the Parish Church in Marsaskala, we walk towards St. Thomas Bay and then on to Xrobb l-Għaġin and back along different country lanes.

Duration: 3 to 4 hrs.

Rating: Moderate

Meeting Place: Marsaskala Parish Church

Starting Time: 09:00


December

Sunday 1st December: Cultural walk in Qrendi

The Mayor of Qrendi, Mr. David Schembri has kindly offered to guide us round his quaint village, visiting il-Ġnien tal-Kmand, il-Maqluba and more. Tal-Ħniena Chapel and Crypt will be opened for us (we are proposing a voluntary donation of 2 euros). Afterwards, we will walk down to Ħagar Qim.

Duration: 4 hrs. approx.

Rating: Easy to Moderate

Meeting Place: San Mattew tal-Maqluba, Qrendi

Starting Time: 09:00


Wednesday 4th December: Lunzjata and Wied Hazrun

From St. Dominic Priory in Rabat, we head towards Lunzjata Valley, cross over to Wied Ħazrun and on to Dingli Cliffs from where we return past Villa Psaigon.

Duration: 3 hrs. approx.

Rating: Moderate

Meeting Place: St. Dominic Priory, Rabat

Starting Time: 14:00


Sunday 8th December: Xemxija / Mistra Valley

Starting from Xemxija, we will walk through Mistra Valley, along the coast with views of St. Paul’s Island, then climbing up to Selmun Palace. (The terrain could be slippery if wet!)

Duration: 3 to 4 hrs.

Rating: Moderate with rough terrain and steep inclines

Meeting Place: Xemxija Bay, next to the veggie van and drinks kiosk.

Starting Time: 09:00


Sunday 15th December: Siġġiewi countryside

We will be walking along the lovely trails and lanes in the countryside around the Siġġiewi village.

Duration: 3 to 4 hrs.

Rating: Moderate

Meeting Place: Limestone Heritage (on the Siġġiewi by-pass)

Starting Time: 09:00


Wednesday 18th December: Balluta Bay / St Julians / Pembroke

A fairly easy walk through Balluta and Pembroke and back to our starting point, taking in some interesting features along the way.

Duration: 2.5 hrs. approx.

Rating: Easy

Meeting Place: Balluta Bay

Starting Time: 14:00


Sunday 22nd December: L-Aħrax tal-Mellieħa (Coastal and Countryside)

Starting from the Mellieħa Bay Hotel, we shall walk down to the majestic cliffs of L-Aħrax tal-Mellieħa, till we reach Little Armier Bay. The coastal walk will then turn into a country walk as we cross l-Aħrax itself back to our starting point. Amongst other sights, we shall have the opportunity to see various coves and inlets such as the one at Tal-Imgħarraq, Marks and Dukes Window and the Coral Lagoon. We shall also pass by the Chapel of the Conception and the Aħrax tower.

Duration: 3.5 hrs. approx.

Rating: Moderate

Meeting Place: Mellieħa Bay Hotel Parking lot

Starting Time: 09:00


Sunday 29th December: Round Valletta’s perimeter

An interesting walk around the bastions of our Capital, Valletta.

Duration: between 2 to 3 hrs.

Rating: Easy

Meeting Place: In front of Parliament, Valletta

Starting Time: 09:00

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Walks Programme – April to June 2019

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April

Sunday 7th: Naxxar – Mosta – Bidnija – Naxxar

From our starting point we cross the street and walk by the Naxxar Curt Ruts,  we go down by the Quarry, and after passing the Chapel of St. Catherine we walk for about 20 minutes by the beautiful  fields of Mosta and Burmarrad. When we arrive by the Main Road of Burmarrad, we proceed to a hill leading to Bidnija. At the top of the hill, we turn right and proceed to our starting point from a  different route enjoying some truly lovely countryside and breathtaking views of Qawra and Salini,

Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Rating: Moderate
Meeting Place: The road leading to Birguma, near the T’Alla u Ommu roundabout in Naxxar.
Starting Time: 09:00


Wednesday 10th: Cultural visit to the Tunnara Museum followed by walk

A cultural visit to the Tunnara Museum with explanations about the tuna fishing that used to be practised by fishermen in Mellieħa Bay, followed by a scenic walk that will take on the Marfa ridge from L-Aħrax and Il-Qammieħ.

Duration: 3 to 4 hrs including visit.
Rating: Easy to Moderate
Meeting place: It-Tunnara, Għadira
Starting Time: 14:00


Sunday 14th: Cold War Bunker visit and walk along part of Victoria Lines

We will walk through Burmarrad, Wied ta’ Għajn Mula, Bidnija, Dwejra, Falka Gap back to Mosta starting point.

Duration: about 4 hours
Rating: Moderate to hard
Meeting Point: Ġnien tal-Għarusa tal-Mosta
Starting Time: 09:00


Saturday 20th: Gozo – Mystery Walk

Duration: about 4 hrs
Rating: Moderate (with some rough terrain)
Meeting Point: Just outside Mġarr Terminal (Gozo)
Starting Time: 10:15 (Take the 9:45 ferry from Ċirkewwa)

Note: This is a Saturday walk!


Wednesday 24th: Along the paths through the Siġġiewi countryside

This will be a repeat of the walk we had to abandon when we were caught out in heavy rain.

Duration: about 4 hours
Rating: Moderate
Meeting Point: The Limestone Heritage, Siggiewi bypass
Starting Time: 14:00


Sunday 28th: Chadwick Lakes / Binġemma Fort

Walking through Chadwick Lanes and part of the Victoria lines to reach Binġemma Fort. There will be rough terrain and steep inclines

Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Rating: Mod. to hard with rough terrain and inclines
Meeting Point: Busugrilla roundabout, Rabat (Għajn – Water Conservation Awareness Centre)
Starting Time: 09:00

May

Sunday 5th: Valleys and more

We will walk through the two valleys of Qormi, up Wied is-Sewda and Inċita, to Tal-Ħlas, crossing over to Wied Qirda and then going down Wied il-Kbir beneath Tal-Ħandaq and near Qatar tal-Ingliża and Wied ic-Ċawsli.

Duration: about 3 to 4 hours
Rating: Moderate
Meeting Point: Park and Ride, Marsa. We will be meeting just across the entrance to Lidl. Starting Time: 09:00


Sunday 12th: Mother’s Day. No scheduled walk.


Wednesday 15th: A walk along Dingli Cliffs and inland valleys

From the restaurant called Bobbyland, we will hug part of Dingli Cliffs, then head inland towards Wied Ħazrun which we will cross, going on to Wied ir-Rum and then on to Mtaħleb. We will be returning to our starting point along scenic country lanes.

Duration: from 3 to 4 hours
Rating: Easy to Moderate
Meeting Point: Bobbyland Restaurant on Dingli Cliffs
Starting Time: 14:00


Sunday 19th: A panoramic walk from Baħrija towards Għajn Tuffieħa Bay, Ġnejna, Fomm ir-Riħ and Kunċizzjoni.

We set off downhill by means of Triq is-Sajf ta’ San Martin which goes through Baħrija Valley, heading towards Fomm ir-Riħ Bay; the road becomes a path as we go all the way round the Bay. Further on, we reach the Ras il-Pellegrin plateau from where we can enjoy a bird’s eye view of Ġnejna Bay and a panoramic view of Ras il-Karraba promontory and Għajn Tuffieħa Bay. Then we make our way down the cliff path to Ġnejna beach for a break before we start heading back.

We set off uphill this time, not up the main road but through a country road known to Mġarr farmers. This will lead us to the Fomm ir-Riħ area for the second time today, as we continue on up a steep stoney path which goes by the tail end of the Victoria Lines, built by the British in the late 19th century along the great geological fault that stretches from here to Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq, a distance of about 12 kilometres. We reach il-Kunċizzjoni area, named after the the local chapel dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady. Finally we enter Baħrija Village via the back of the parish church.

Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Rating: Moderate to hard because of the length
Meeting Point: Baħrija Square, near the children’s playground
Starting Time: 09:00 (Bus 109 leaves Rabat at 08:20)


Sunday 26th: Trekking in the South

We meet near Al Fresco restaurant just as you enter Birzebbuġia. We will go up to Borġ in-Nadur, round to the valley near tal-Papa area, down to Ħal-Far and on to Għar Ħasan where we can also explore two more lesser known caves, then on to il-Fortizza ta’ Delimara, Kalafrana and back.

Duration: from 3 to 4 hours
Rating: Moderate to hard
Meeting Point: near Al Fresco restaurant, Birzebbuġia
Starting Time: 09:00


Wednesday 29th: Marsaxlokk and Birzebbuġia

Hugging the coast to B’Buġia and back using secondary roads and paths.

Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
Rating: Easy
Meeting Place: M’Xlokk Parish church
Starting Time: 14:00

June

Sunday 2nd: Birgu / Kalkara

Walking through Vittoriosa & Kalkara mainly along the coast to reach Wied Għammieq cemetery.

Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Rating: Easy
Meeting Point: Car park close to Senglea (Isla) Main Gate
Starting Time: 08:30 – Note the change in starting time!


Sunday 9th : San Gwann / Swieqi / Wied Għomor

From San Ġwann centre, we head towards the prehistoric cart ruts within the same village, passing by the ancient chapel of Santa Magdalena from where we then proceed to Wied Għomor, then on to the fairly new village of Swieqi and on to San Ġiljan. We then wind our way back to our starting point.

Duration: about 4 hours
Rating: Easy to Moderate
Meeting Point: opposite San Ġwann Parish Church (by the Boċċi Club)
Starting Time: 08:30 – Note change in starting Time!


Wednesday 12th: Marsaskala/Żonqor

Walking up to Żonqor point, then along the coast.

Duration: about 3 hours
Rating: Moderate (some rough ground)
Meeting Point: Marsaskala Parish Church
Starting Time: 16:00


Saturday 15th: Zebbuġ – Tal-Virtu – Knisja ta’ San Blas – Siġġiewi – Żebbuġ (Scenic with varied views)

A long walk through open countryside, some steep uphill and downhill stretches and valleys. We pass Tal-Virtu, Knisja ta’ San Blas and continue meandering along country lanes through the foothills below Buskett and Laferla Cross.  We skirt Siġġiewi Centre and return to Żebbuġ.

Duration: about 4 hours
Rating: Moderate with some steep inclines
Meeting Point: ex- Peridot Hall, Żebbuġ (bus stop Qirda on line 62 to Siggiewi)
Starting Time: 07:00 – Note change to earlier start time.

Also note that this is a Saturday walk.


Sunday 23rd: Trekking along clay slopes overlooking lovely sea views

Starting from the parking area at Għajn Tuffieħa (the bay with the steps down to the sea), we will descend to sea level, and trek round the plateau of il-Qarraba. Then we will go on towards Ġnejna, go round the bay and further on, returning to starting point. Bring your swimsuit. You might feel like a swim after the walk.

Duration: about 4 hours
Rating: Hard (can be slippery if wet ground. NOT for people who have no head for heights. Some rough ground with some scrambling). Please be warned.
Meeting Point: Parking place at Għajn Tuffieħa, near the old Riviera Martinique (now in a derelict state).
Starting Time: 07:00 – Note change to earlier start time.


Sunday 30th: Walk and cultural visit to St. Angelo and Maritime Museum followed by lunch

We will be having a short walk followed by a guided visit to the restored St. Angelo Fort and the Maritime Museum followed by lunch a a nearby restaurant.

More details will be sent out closer to the date.
Duration: about 4 hrs including visit but excluding lunch
Rating: Easy
Meeting Point: In front of St Angelo in Birgu.
Starting Time: 09:00


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Walks Programme – January to March 2019

Winter Walks Calendar

January

Wednesday 2nd: Siggiewi and its surrounding valleys

Duration: about 3 hrs
Rating: Easy
Meeting place: Limestone Heritage on the Siggiewi bypass.
Starting time: 14:00


Sunday 6th: A walk in the lovely countryside around Mgarr with spectacular sea views

Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
Rating: Moderate
Meeting place: Mgarr Parish Church
Starting time: 09:00


Sunday 13th: Marsaskala towards Marsaxlokk and back

An easy walk between the two traditional fishing villages with lovely sea and panoramic views.

The Ramblers Association is organising this walk in support of the individual effort of two friends of three Ramblers who will be walking around the whole coastline of Malta to raise awareness and funds for Puttinu Cares. The Ramblers will meet up with the two friends en route, greet them for their efforts and accompany them as far as Marsaskala in support.

Duration: from 3 to 4 hrs
Rating: Easy
Meeting place: Marsaskala Parish Church
Starting Time: 09:00


Wednesday 16th: Zebbug – Knisja ta’ San Blas – Siggiewi – Zebbug

An easy walk just to get used to walking again after the festive season. From Zebbug, we walk through the countryside towards the Knisja ta’ San Blas. After a short stretch uphill, we meander along the country lanes passing below Laferla cross towards Wied Hesri, Ta’ Bordin Ridge and Wied Baqqija back to Zebbug

Duration: from 2 to 3 hrs
Rating: Easy with some inclines and stairs
Meeting place: Zebbug Parish Church.
Starting time: 14:00


Saturday 19th: Gozo

From Marsalforn to Zebbug and on to Ghasri, finishing at Victoria, mainly via rural paths and tranquil country roads.

Duration:
about 3 hrs
Rating: Moderate
Meeting place and start time: We will take Bus 322 from Mgarr Ferry terminal at 08:55 to Marsalforn from where we will immediately start our walk.

Please note that this is a Saturday walk. Remember to bring along your bus card.


Sunday 27th: Rambling in Had-Dingli Countryside

From our meeting point we head towards the San Pawl tal-Pitkali area of Ħad-Dingli and on to Dingli Cliffs. At the western edge of the cliffs we go down a longish, steep country lane to Miġra l-Ferħa area. We stop for a break at a beautiful spot called Ras id-Dawwara, after which we continue walking on the cliffs along the coast, to the Miġra car park for another rest, before we start our way uphill. We return via Mtagħleb.

Duration: about 4 hrs
Rating: Moderate
Meeting place: Had-Dingli Parish Church
Starting time: 09:00


Wednesday 30th: Mellieha North West

From the centre of Mellieha, we go in a NW direction and descend to Gnien Ingraw Valley and go towards ic Cumnija via the rocky stretch where the British had an HAA emplacement.

Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
Rating: Easy to Moderate
Meeting place: Mellieha Parish Church
Starting Time: 14:00

February

Sunday 3rd: Two Valleys Walk

From the top of T’Alla u Ommu (5 mins walk downhill from San Pawl tat-Targa Chapel, Naxxar), we follow the country lanes to the Bird Park, cross over to Burmarrad, past the Roman Olive Oil Press to Bidnija and back to the starting point through country lanes.

Duration: about 3 hrs
Rating: Easy to Moderate
Meeting Place: Top of T’Alla u Ommu (5 mins walk downhill from the San pawl tat-Targa Chapel : Bus 260)
Meeting Time: 09:00


Sunday 10th: The Southern tip of Malta

We will be walking along the coast mainly from Marsaskala to St. Peter’s Pool and back along country lanes.

Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
Rating: Hard with some rough terrain and along cliff top
Meeting place: Marsaskala Parish Church
Starting time: 09:00


Wednesday 13th: San Gwann / Swieqi / Wied Ghomor

From San Gwann centre, we head towards the prehistoric cart ruts within the same village, passing by the ancient chapel of Santa Magdalena from where we then proceed to Wied Ghomor, then on to the fairly new village of Swieqi and on to San Giljan. We then wind our way back to our starting point.

Duration: about 3 hrs
Rating: Easy to Moderate
Meeting place: Opposite San Gwann Parish Church (by the bocci club)
Starting Time: 14:00


Sunday 17th: Xemxija / Mizieb / Majjistral Park

Walking through the wooded area of Mizieb to reach Manikata and the coastal path. Here the terrain is somewhat rough.

Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
Rating: Moderate with some steep inclines and rough terrain
Meeting Place: Xemxija Bay, by the Kiosk/Veggie van (Pwales Bay)
Starting Time: 09:00


Saturday 23rd: Zabbar

This will be a cultural and historical walk through Zabbar. We will be going through Biccieni and Misrah, finishing off with a guided visit to the Sanctuary Museum. An opportunity not to be missed!

Duration: The walk itself will take about 2 hrs, with another hour for the Museum visit.
Rating: Easy
Meeting Place: Mediatrix Square (Zabbar) which is just in front of the Museum.
Starting Time: 09:00 Please note that this is a Saturday walk!


Wednesday 27th: Siggiewi to Gebel Ciantar and back

A circular walk starting from Siggiewi Centre and going towards l-Gholja task Saliba and then on to the high Ridge overlooking Fawwara towards Gebel Ciantar.

Duration: about 3 to 4 hrs
Rating: Easy to Moderate (with a longish hill climb and some rough terrain)
Meeting Place: Siggiewi Parish Church
Starting Time: 14:00


March

Sunday 3rd: Manoel Island / Valletta + ferry boat (Cultural)

This is a repeat of the walk that had to be cut short due to the heavy rain in the last season.

After walking around Manoel Island, we follow the water’s edge, through the Pinetum, visiting Sa Maison gardens and Hastings gardens in our way to catch the ferry back.

Duration: from 3 to 4 hrs
Rating: Easy
Meeting Place: Manoel Island (by the ducks sanctuary).
Starting Time: 09:00

Seniors are reminded to bring their 60+ ID card


Sunday 10th: Selmun Palace – Mistra Bay – St Paul’s islands – Mgiebah Bay

From Selmun Palace, we head down a steep incline to Mistra Bay. From there, we continue past Mistra Battery, then St Paul’s Islands, up towards Fort Campbell, turn right down another steep incline and on to Mgiebah Bay, past some old farmhouses and back to Selmun Palace.

Duration: from 3 to 4 hrs
Rating: Moderate to Hard with steep inclines and rough terrain
Meeting Place: Selmun Palace
Starting Time: 09:00


Wednesday 13th: A walk in the countryside around Mosta

Starting from San Guzepp tat-Targa (next to Mcast) Mosta, we will be walking along the Victoria Lines to Dwejra, on to the Chadwick Lakes (Wied il-Qlejja), through Wied l-Isperanza, back to from where we had started off.

Duration: from 3 to 4 hrs
Rating: Moderate to Hard
Meeting Place: San Guzepp tat-Targa (Next to Mcast) / Mosta
Starting time: 09:00


Sunday 17th: Gozo

We start walking from Mġarr quay to Għajnsielem and Pjazza tad-Dehra, Apparition Square, where we have the Għajn tal-Ħasselin, and the Apparition Monument. Further up the road we leave the village and walk up a steep path to the Nadur Belvedere and Kenuna Tower built by the British in 1848 as one of three semaphore towers; it was restored in 2005 and now houses modern comunications equipment and antennas. We head towards the Tad-Duru area and down into the valley and up the other side to reach the Tan-Nazzarenu (church dedicated to Jesus of Nazarath) side of Xagħra. Through the village centre and to the other side of Xagħra where we find the second major church which is dedicated to San Anton Abbati. Soon after we reach the old Xagħra Plague Hospital from where we can see Rabat and the Ċittadella. We proceed down a steep country road to the main Malsalforn road, but we turn into a country lane that goes behind the famous Christ statue on Salvatur Hill, and reach il-Qbajjar. From here we walk up the hill to Żebbuġ and the walk will end either here, Għasri or Ta’ Pinu, depending on the time.

Walkers can choose to leave the walk at various points on the route.

Duration: from 4 to 5 hrs
Rating: Moderate but longish with 3 uphills which may be difficult for some.
Meeting place: Mgarr Quay, Gozo
Starting time: 08:45 on arrival of the 08:15 ferry


Sunday 24th: Wardija Ridge and Wied Qanotta

Starting from Burmarrad, we will be walking towards Wardija Ridge, climbing up from Wied Qanotta, enjoying spectacular views of the countryside along the way.

Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
Rating: Moderate but with some rough terrain
Meeting Place: Burmarrad (next to Scotts Supermarket)
Starting Time: 09:00


Wednesday 27th: Smart City / Zonqor

Walking towads Zonqor along country lanes and tracks with some uneven ground, and coming back along the coast.

Duration: about 3 hrs
Rating: Moderate (some rough terrain)
Meeting point: Smart City (bottom car park)
Starting Time: 14:00


Sunday 31st: Victoria Lines (West) : Mgarr / Kuncizzjoni / Bingemma

A circular walk from Mgarr, following part of the Victoria Lines Trail. We will walk past Castello Zammitello and head through the hamlets of L-Iskorvit and Ta’ Abatija, till we reach the cliffs overlooking Fomm ir-Rih Bay, from where the Victoria Lines are clearly visible. We will then follow an uphill path leading to the Kuncizzjoni Battery from where we keep following the Victoria Lines through is-Santi, Bingemma fort, Nigret Tower, finally reaching Bingemma Gap. Then a walk through agricultural fields back to Mgarr.

Duration: about 4 hrs
Rating: Moderate to Hard (rough terrain and 1 steep incline)
Meeting Place: Mgarr Parish Church
Starting Time: 09:00


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Walks Programme – October to December 2018

Autumn Walks Calendar – 2018

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Sunday 7th: Cultural walk through the British Garrison Town of Mtarfa ending with a visit to an oil press.

An easy walk starting by Mdina gate from where we head towards  Mtarfa where we are able to see the old garrison town with its military buildings and a very old chapel overlooking Chadwick lakes. Leaving Mtarfa, we then head to Tal- Kancillier olive press where we will watch olive oil being processed. There will be olive oil for sale for those who wish to purchase some.

Duration:               2.5hrs approx
Rating:                   Easy
Meeting Place:      Mdina Gate
Time:                      09:00


Wednesday 10th: Marsascala / St Peter’s Pool / Tas-Silg Chapel

Starting from the Parish Church in Marsascala, we will walk along the coast towards San Tumas, and then on to St Peter’s Pool and Delimara. After passing by the Tas-Silg Chapel, we will return to Marsascala through pleasant country lanes.

Duration: about 3 hrs
Rating: Easy
Meeting Place: Marsaskala Parish Church
Time: 14:00


Sunday 14th: Manoel Island/Valletta + ferry

After walking around Manoel Island we follow the water’s edge, through the Pinetum, visiting St. Philip gardens and Hastings gardens on our way to catch the ferry back. Remember your 60+ ID card.

Duration:          3 to 4 hours
Rating:              Easy
Meeting Place: Manoel Island (by the ducks’ sanctuary), Sliema
Time:                  09:00


Sunday 21st: Around the lovely countryside of Mosta

We will be starting from the Gnien il-Gharusa tal-Mosta and walk through the valley to Chadwick Lakes and Dwejra.

Duration:          3 to 4 hours
Rating:              Moderate to hard
Meeting Place: Il-Gnien tal-Gharusa tal-Mosta
Time:                 09:00


Wednesday 24th : A cultural visit of Hal-Qormi

A cultural walk through the town of Qormi on the 275th anniversary of it being given the title Citta Pinto by Grandmaster Emm. Pinto de Fonseca. The walk will start from near the Pinto commemorative arch and take us through the old village core with the numerous niches, chapels and various houses of interest. We will walk through part of Wied is-Sewda.

Duration:          about 3 hours
Rating:              Easy
Meeting Place: Near St. Sebastian Primary School, Qormi (just behind St Sebastian Parish Church)
Time:                 14:00


Sunday 28th: Let’s go plogging!

The Ramblers will be participating in the national “Be Active Campaign” by organising this rambling and clean-up activity (collecting light rubbish) along the Victoria Lines. We will be starting from Gharghur, walking on to Fort Madliena, crossing Wied Faham, Wied id-Dies and Wied Anglu, to get back to our starting point in Gharghur.

We should be provided with plastic rubbish bags and disposable gloves.

Duration:          about 4 hours
Rating:              Moderate to hard. Some rough terrain.
Meeting Place: Gharghur Parish Church
Time:  09:00

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Sunday 4th: A visit to Fort Madeliena

On the occasion of the open day at this military site, we will be organizing a short walk along the Victoria Lines, around the Fort perimeter and to the search-light battery. The ramblers can stop to visit the military vehicles which will be on display on the day, the military re-enactments, etc. More information will be provided closer to the date.


Wednesday 7th: Chinese Garden / Gudja (Scenic/Cultural)

We will be visiting the Chinese gardens and walking to the quaint village of Gudja using country pathways.

Duration:          about 3 hours
Rating:              Easy
Meeting Place:  Chinese Gardens, Triq il-Pepprin, Santa Lucija
Time:                 14:00


SATURDAY 10th: GOZO: The Three Hills Walk

We shall take the bus to Nadur Square from Mgarr terminal on the arrival of the 8.15 ferry from Cirkewwa. The walk starts from Nadur square around 9.15am. The route takes us down Ramla valley and over to Xaghra. We then continue walking down once more to Marsalforn valley and across towards Zebbug.

We would like to point out that our route will be along only a couple of moderate inclines at most, and mainly through countryside; The Three Hills do offer some gentle options.

From Zebbug we shall catch the bus to Victoria and change for the ferry bus. If any participants would still like to trek down from Zebbug to Victoria it will be a further twenty minute downhill stroll.

Duration:          about 4 hours
Rating:              Moderate
Meeting Place: 8:15 ferry from Cirkewwa. We will meet up at Mgarr / Gozo, to take the bus to Nadur.

PS: Please note that this walk is on a Saturday! Remember your 60+ ID card and bus card if you have one.


Sunday 18th: Buskett and surrounding area

We will be walking through the gardens and exiting from a high vantage point overlooking Verdala Place. On the way back we will visit the ruins of the Bishop’s Palace.

Duration:         3 to 4 hours
Rating:             Moderate – with steep inclines which could be slippery, if wet.
Meeting Place: Buskett gardens covered car park, Dingli
Time:                 09:00


Wednesday 21st: Gozo

A lovely walk along the coast from Mgarr to Xlendi.

Duration:          3 to 4 hours
Rating:              Moderate
Meeting Place: Mgarr ferry terminal in Gozo
Time:                 10:30


Sunday 25th: Zurrieq / Wied Babu / Wied Bassasa

Duration:          3 to 4 hours
Rating:       Moderate to hard with some rough terrain that might be slippery if wet
Meeting Place: Zurrieq Parish Church
Time:                 09:00

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Sunday 2nd: L-Ahrax tal-Mellieha

A coast-hugging scenic walk around l-Ahrax tal-Madonna starting from Mellieha Bay Hotel towards Slugs Bay and the Immaculate Conception Chapel. From there we head towards the Coral Lagoon along very rough terrain, (leave your flip flops and sandals home). We continue towards the White Tower, along Armier beaches and then back to our starting point.

Duration:              3.5 hours approx.
Rating:                  Moderate to hard due to rough terrain.
Meeting Place:  Please park next to main road at the end of Ghadira beach. The carpark at Mellieha Bay Hotel is for Residents only
Time:                    09:00


Wednesday 5th: Bahar ic-Caghaq/White Rocks/Madliena/Victoria Lines/T’Alla u Ommu/Maghtab (Historical/Scenic)

From our start point we head towards the White Rocks complex from where we then cross the road and head towards Fort Madliena, then joining the eastern end of the Victoria Lines which we follow until we reach the top of T’Alla u Ommu hill, then head towards Maghtab from where we return towards where we started from.

Duration:                      about 3 hrs
Rating:                           Moderate to Hard
Meeting Place:              Bahar ic Caghaq (by Kiosks)
Time: 14:00


Sunday 9th: Ridges and valleys

From our starting point we go down for a short visit to the Naxxar Cart Ruts, then we cross the road and start walking along the Naxxar Victoria Lines. We cross Wied Anglu and proceed to Madliena, passing Busietta Bridge till we reach the road leading to Madliena Fort, and we go up through a small wood enjoying some lovely views of Bahar Ic-Caghaq. Then we go down along the road and proceed to our second crossing, Wied Faham. We then return to our starting point from a different direction while enjoying some breathtaking views of the Valley from above.

Duration:                      about 3 hrs
Rating:                           Moderate to Hard with some sharp inclines
Meeting Place:              Near San Pawl tat-Targa Chapel, Naxxar
Time: 09:00


Sunday 16th: Ghar Lapsi to Ghar Niffied

Starting from Ghar Lapsi (Siggiewi), we will hug the coast and walk towards Ghar Niffied where we can stop for a short picnic if the sea is rough and we cannot go inside the cave. Then we will walk on to Mnajdra and Hagar Qim and back to Ghar Lapsi to the starting point.

Duration: about 4 hrs
Rating: Hard (you need a good head for heights / rough terrain with some steep inclines)
Meeting Place: Ghar Lapsi
Time: 09:00

Wednesday 19th: Rabat and Dingli Area

From the Dominican’s priory in Rabat Malta, we will walk along Lunzjata valley, cross over Wied Hazrun to Dingli cliffs, Maddalena Chapel, Villa Psaigon and back to the starting point.

Duration:                      about 3 hrs
Rating:                           Easy to Moderate
Meeting Place:              Dominican Priory, Rabat
Time: 14:00


Sunday 23rd: A walk in the Fiddien / Ghemmieri area

Duration:                      3 to 4 hrs
Meeting Place:              Roman Villa, Rabat
Rating:                           Moderate
Time: 09:00


Sunday 30th: Mystery walk

Duration:                      3 to 4 hrs
Meeting Place:              Dominican Priory, Rabat
Rating:                           Moderate
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Press Release – Townsquare Appeal Decision

In a joint statement, the Tas-Sliema Local Council, together with NGOs Din l-Art Ħelwa, Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar, Friends of the Earth Malta, Ramblers, Qui Si Sana and Tigne Residents Association and other organisations expressed their satisfaction at the outcome of yesterday’s Appeal Tribunal decision regarding the Townsquare development. The Environment and Planning Review Tribunal declared that the Planning Authority’s decision to issue a permit for this project would be revoked and ordered that the application should undergo the whole planning process again.

The Tribunal upheld the arguments that certain essential documents were not accessible to objectors throughout the application process while the photo-montage from the three-cities was not included. The proposed layout of the site is not in accordance with the Floor Area Ratio policy and therefore the proposed development needs to be reviewed. Certain studies (shadowing, wind, social impact assessment) were not updated.

The Tas-Sliema Local Council and NGOs further highlighted the facts that the Townsquare permit was granted by a Planning Board which lacked any representative from the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA). The ERA has to be given the opportunity to voice its position on such large building projects.

Furthermore, all studies need to be updated and not rely on obsolete data. The impacts of towers on congested residential zones is considerable.  Tall buildings create increased ground winds therefore the study of the wind impacts to be produced by the Townsquare project needs to take into account the 40-storey High Rise proposed to be built on Fort Cambridge.

As regards parking requirements, the medium standard stipulated by the 2015 Development Control Design Policy should be used rather than an ad-hoc model which is not based on any policy.

The holding capacity of the drainage infrastructure needs to be studied. During the Appeal the representative from the Water Services Corporation had pointed out that no written report was carried out on the holding capacity of this development and other high rise developments in the area. Such complacency on basic infrastructural needs is unacceptable.

The Appeals Tribunal’s decision confirmed that many of the arguments presented by the appellants were upheld and shown to be indeed correct. Notwithstanding this, the Tas-Sliema Local Council and the NGOs will continue to monitor the progress on this planning application and may avail themselves of legal action at their disposal.

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Walks Programme – April to June 2018

Spring Walks Calendar – 2018

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Wednesday 4th: St Thomas Bay/Tal-Munxar (Scenic) 

We will follow the coast up to Tal-Munxar, From St Paul’s Battery, there is a maze of tiny lanes between fields, then a secondary road linking us with more lanes, eventually bringing us out by Torri Mamo. It will be an easy walk with some steep inclines.
Duration:           3 hours (Approx.)
Rating:               Easy to moderate
Meeting Place:  St. Thomas Bay car park, Marsascala
Time:                 14:00


Sunday 8th: Chadwick Lakes/Nadur Tower (Scenic) 
Walking though Chadwick Lakes with a steep climb up to Nadur Tower returning through Ghemmieri lanes and passing villa Gomerino. Some steep inclines and rough ground.
Duration:           3 to 4 hours
Rating:               Moderate to Hard (with steep inclines/rough ground/slippery, if wet)
Meeting Place: Busugrilla (old roundabout), on the road down from Roman Villa, Rabat. Plenty of parking space near the children’s playing field. The old Busugrilla roundabout has been replaced by a modern visitors’ centre (Malta’s Water System)
Time:                 09:00


Sunday 15th: Victoria Lines Trail: Gharghur/Madliena (Scenic)
From our starting point we go down till we reach Dies Valley passing the Busietta Bridge. When we reach Madliena, we will make a short visit to the Ditch of Madliena Fort. Then we will descend and cross Coal Valley by the Victoria Lines till we reach a lovely view point at what is known as ‘The Top of the World’.  We then proceed to San Brincat Valley and after a short break, we cross Anglu Valley by the Victoria lines. After passing by a quarry, we eventually return to our starting point.
Duration:           3 to 4 hours
Rating:              Moderate with some rough terrain and inclines along the valleys.
Meeting Place:  Gharghur Parish Church
Time:                 09:00


Wednesday 18th: Hugging the coast: Msida/Ta’ Xbiex/Gzira/Siema/St. Julian’s/Pembroke/Bahar ic-Caghaq. (Non-circular)
Starting from Msida following the popular coast until we reach Bahar ic-Caghaq where buses are quite frequent to take us back to wherever one wants to stop.
Duration:      about 3 hours
Rating:              Easy
Meeting Place:  Msida Parish Church
Time:                  14:00


Sunday 22nd: Ghar Lapsi / Ghar Niffied
Starting from Ghar Lapsi, we will go along the coast towards Zurrieq, dropping down to sea level in a cove to go and explore Ghar Niffied. Then we will climb up to the Congreve Monument and return to Ghar Lapsi via the quarry and the water pipe connection.
This trek is on rough uneven ground and walkers must have a good head for heights as some areas are along cliff tops! Please note that it is marked as Hard.
Duration:      about 4 hours
Rating:              Hard with some rough terrain and slippery inclines. In certain places, you need a good head for heights as we may walk near cliff edges.
Meeting Place:   Ghar Lapsi
Time:                  09:00



Saturday 28th: Gozo

This Gozo walk will start off from the ferry at Mgarr, going through the village of Ghajnsielem, then skirting Nadur, Xaghra, Victoria and Xewkija back to the ferry. This will be a circular walk – no transport involved – of around four hours.
Duration:           4 hours (Approx.)
Rating:               Moderate
Meeting Place:  Outside the ferry terminal in Mgarr, Gozo.
Time:                 09:00 (Take the 08:15 ferry from Cirkewwa)
Please note that this is a Saturday walk.


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Sunday 6th: Bahrija Cliffs (Scenic) 

Walking along the coast past the Bronze Age village (caves cut into the cliff face), returning using inland paths. There will be some steep inclines.
Duration:           3 to 4 hours
Rating:              Moderate (with steep inclines & rough terrain)
Meeting Place:  Bahrija Square – in front of the playground
Time: 09:00


Wednesday 9th: Victoria Lines Trail: Mosta / Dwejra countryside (Scenic)
From in front of Mosta Lidl, we cross over to the Victoria Lines leading to Gnien l- Gharusa tal- Mosta. At San Guzepp tat-Targa, we follow the Victoria Lines till we hit the Mgarr Road. Following country lanes we go up to Itria Chapel and follow the Dwejra Lines back to the starting point.
Duration : about 3 hours
Rating    :   Easy
Meeting Place: Mosta Lidl   (Bus 250: Stage: M’Cast)
Time : 16:00 Please note change of start time!


Sunday 13th: Victoria Lines Trail: Mgarr/Kuncizzjoni/Bingemma (Scenic)
A circular walk starting and ending in Mgarr following part of the Victoria Lines Trail. From Mgarr Parish Church, we walk past Castello Zammitello and head through the hamlets of L-Iskorvit and Ta’ L-Abatija until we reach the cliffs over Fomm ir-Rih Bay from where the Victoria Lines are clearly visible. We follow an uphill path which leads to Kuncizzjoni Battery from where we keep following the Victoria Lines through is-Santi, Bingemma Fort, Nigret Tower, finally reaching Bingemma Gap. From here we follow quiet country roads through agricultural fields until we reach the village of Mgarr.
Duration:           4 hours (Approx.) Approx distance 12km
Rating:               Moderate to hard (rough and uneven terrain with 1 steep incline)
Meeting Place:  Mgarr Parish Church
Time:                 08: 30


Wednesday 16th: The 3 Valleys: Wied ic-Cawsli/Wied Hanzir/Wied Qirda
We start from Qormi heading onto Wied ic Cawsli, Ghar Hanzir then Wied Qirda onto Wied is Sewda passing by a couple of chapels on the way  before we end our walk at the start point in Qormi.
Duration:     about 3 hours
Rating:         Easy
Meeting Place:  On road by Park&Ride and Lidle Qormi
Time:        16:00 (Please note the change in the start time).


Sunday 20th: Guided visit to the University Botanical Collection
A opportunity for the Ramblers to visit the Botanical Collections of the University of Malta at the Argotti Gardens. The leading authority of the botanical faculty will be explaining the special species grown and preserved there and give us other information about the exotic plants at the time of spring when the plants are at their best. A fee of 5 euros will be payable by the participants whose numbers will be restricted on a first-come first-served basis. Booking opens on 6th May and last calls will be received by 16th May. Please send an email to ram205@gmail.com. A rare opportunity not to be missed.
Duration:      about 2 hours
Rating:          Easy
Meeting Place:  Sarria Church, Floriana
Time:  08:30 (Please note the change from the previously published start time).


Sunday 27th: Mosta Valley and its surrounding countryside
Starting from Mosta Dome Square, we head towards Wied il-Għasel, through which we head towards  Burmarrad, on to Bidnija. There are about four Chapels on this route.
Duration:           3 to 4 hours
Rating:               Moderate
Meeting Place:  Mosta Parish Church
Time:                 09:00


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Sunday 3rd: Around the Valletta fortifications (Scenic/Historical)
Duration:          about 3 hours
Rating:              Easy
Meeting Place:  At the entrance of Valletta, in front of the Parliament building.
Time:                 08:30 (Please note the change in start time)


Wednesday 6th: Mosta / Victoria Lines / Ghajn Rihana / Mgarr.
From in front of Mosta Lidl, we cross over to the Victoria Lines leading to Gnien il- Gharusa tal- Mosta. Following the Victoria Lines we cross the Ghajn Rihana valley till we reach Zebbiegh (Mgarr). From the chapel, we track back to the starting point through Bidnija.
Duration: 3 hours
Rating: Easy
Meeting Place: Mosta Lidl ( Bus 250 / Bus stop M’Cast.)
Time: 16:00


Sunday 10th: Victoria Lines Trail: Along the Victoria Lines
We will walk along the Victoria Lines in Gnien l-Gharusa tal-Mosta and then follow a path which runs along the perimeter of Fort Mosta where we will come across a cave which was used as a catacomb during the Paleo-Christian period. We will then walk down to Wied il-Ghasel and retrace our steps to Gnien l-Gharusa tal-Mosta.
We are trying to arrange a visit to Fort Mosta – updates will be sent in due course.
Duration:           about 2 hours.
Rating:               Moderate to hard with rough terrain
Meeting Place:  Targa Gap, road to Gnien l-Gharusa tal-Mosta (Bus-stop Gharusa).
Time:                  09:00


Sunday 17th: Verdala Palace / Bishops’ Palace / Wied tal-Isqof / Tal Virtu / Verdala
We start in front of the main gate of Verdala Palace on the road leading to Buskett where we then head to the dilapidated Palazz tal-Isqof, before we follow the track down the Wied tal-Isqof then follow the road towards Tal-Virtu Rabat heading back towards our meeting place Verdala Palace.
Duration:         3 hours approximately
Rating:             Easy
Meeting Place: Verdala Palace Main Gate on the road to Buskett
Time: 08:30


Wednesday 20th: Rabat / Wied il-Qlejgha / Nadur Tower /Fiddien
From the Roman Villa at Rabat Square, we cross over to Wied il- Qlejgha. Pushing northwards we walk towards Nadur Tower, Ghemieri, Bingemma, Palazzo Gomerino, Fiddien and back to the starting point.
Duration: 3 hours
Rating:        Easy
Meeting Place: Roman Villa – Rabat. Time 16.00 hrs

Sunday 24th: Visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Mdina (Cultural)
A guided cultural visit to the Mdina Cathedral with its magnificent Aula Capitularis and its Metropolitan Museum. The group will meet at the main entrance gate to Mdina and walk towards the cathedral where Mons Alwig Deguara will first guide us through the exhibits of the Museum and then through the Cathedral after the religious services there have ended.

Duration:           about 2 to 3 hours
Rating:               Easy
Meeting Place:  Main entrance gate of Mdina
Time:                 09:00
This being our last walk before our summer break, we would like to celebrate the end of a full walking season by having a meal together at a venue in Rabat / Mdina to be announced at a date closer to the walk.


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Annual General Meeting 2018

The Annual General Meeting of the Ramblers’ Association of Malta is being held on Saturday 24th of February 2018.

The meeting will start at 10:00am.

The venue for the meeting will be the hall of the Malta Council for the Volountary Sector at 181, Melita Street, Valletta.
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Walks Programme – January to March 2018

Winter Walks Calendar – 2018

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Sunday January 7th: Tal-Lunzjata/Dingli Cliffs (Scenic)

From a high vantage point we will enjoy the spectacular views towards the coast. The walk takes us to Dingli cliffs and back through beautiful countryside. There will be some steep inclines.

Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Rating: Moderate (with steep inclines)
Meeting Place: Busugrilla (old roundabout), on the road down from Roman Villa, Rabat. Plenty of parking space near the children’s playing field. The old Busugrilla roundabout has been replaced by a modern visitors’ centre (Malta’s Water System) built strategically over the archeological remains while preserving them and still allowing them to be viewed by the public. Worth a quick visit before or after the walk.
Time: 09:00


Wednesday January 10th : Birgu / Kalkara / Xghajra (Scenic/Historical)

Walk to honour our founding President, Lino Bugeja on the 1st. anniversary of his passing. He was born in Birgu and his love of the area is reflected in the many books he published. It will be an easy walk which will take us as far as Smart City along the coast and back through country lanes.

Duration: about 3 hours
Rating: Easy to moderate with some rough ground
Meeting Place: St. Lawrence Parish Church, Birgu
Time: 14:00


Sunday January 14th: North-West of Mellieha

The highlight of this walk will be the scenic cliffs on Malta’s north-west coast and the maquis rough land on the narrowest part of the island. On the way back after taking in Popeye village we ascend Gnien Ingraw valley and visit the renowned caves of Calypso.

Duration: about 3.5 hours
Rating: Moderate with some rough terrain
Meeting Place: Mellieha Parish Church parvis
Time: 09:00


Wednesday 17th January: Around Hagar Qim (Scenic, historic and geological)

We will skirt Hagar Qim temples and see the pre-historic Misqa Tanks, cross the ridge in the Maghlaq quarries and pass Wied Il-Widien. On the seaside we will see the remains of a terraced quarry steeply going down to the foreshore. After skirting Mnajdra we will see some features of the Maghlaq geological fault on the foreshore, an azure window(!) and Hamrija tower.

Duration: about 2.5 hours
Rating: Easy to moderate
Meeting Place: Hagar Qim Temples. Upper parking area.
Time: 14:00


Sunday January 21st: Scenic – Valleys and Cliffs around Zurrieq

We will start by trekking down Wied Babu where we will have the opportunity to see the maquis and rupestral vegetation of this pristine valley. Afterwards we will walk up the valley to view Blue Grotto and then proceed to the Munqar area. The walk will continue along the cliffs to Wied il-Bassasa. Here, we would be able to admire the beautiful geological and coastal features of the area.

Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Rating: Moderate (with some rough ground)
Meeting Place: Large roundabout at Vjal Blue Grotto and Triq il-Wied.
Time: 09:00


Sunday January 28th: Gozo

At Mġarr Quay we get the 8.55 a.m. route bus directly to Nadur, stopping at the Qasab bustop on the Ramla Road, opposite the new (opened in Aug 2014) village cemetry. This should be around 9.10 a.m. and we start walking towards the cliffs facing the spectacular San Blas Bay. We then proceed via more cliffs (Rdum il-Kbir) to the ridge overlooking Ramla l-Ħamra, where there’s a little known grotto called Għar tal-Mixta, with its mouth yawning onto the red sands below. We then descend to the Bay via a ‘secret path’ where we’ll stop for a break. Thus refreshed, we head up the opposite ridge forming this Bay, till we reach the second cave on the walk – Calypso – which we have time to explore. The cliffs around here are called Rdum tax-Xagħra; we proceed along the outskirts of the village along Triq Kalipso and Triq tal-Masri (Arabic for Egyptian and also a common surname in the Arab world). Then downhill to Malsalforn and, if we have the time and the inclination, we might continue to Għasri or Ta’ Pinu. Ramblers who may wish to leave the walk, can get bus 322 back to Mġarr Quay or the 310 to Rabat.

Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Rating: Moderate (with one uphill, Ramla Bay to Calypso)
Meeting Place: Gozo ferry from Cirkewwa.
Time: 08:15


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Sunday February 4th : Dingli to Migra l-Ferha trail

We set off from the church parvis towards Dingli Cliffs and we walk along them for some distance, till we reach Triq San Pawl tal-Pitkali. At the very end of this country road we start our descent by means of a wide country lane which leads to Ras id-Dawwara where we can sit down for a break. We then walk along the coastline to Miġra l-Ferħa itself for another brief pause before we start walking up the road towards Mtaħleb. Then there’s a left turn to a little known area beneath the cliffs called Tal-Merħla; eventually we access the road on the cliffs by a ‘secret’ path to start our way back to Dingli centre, visiting the Mtaħleb church on the way.

Duration: about 4 to 5 hours at medium pace
Rating: Moderate
Meeting Place: Had-Dingli Parish Church
Time: 09:00


Wednesday February 7th: Wied ir-Rum and Wied Hezrun

From Dingli Football ground, we move towards the agricultural valleys of Giardini found in Wied ir-Rum and Wied Hezrun. We will bypass several manmade springs and some late medieval hamlets, through a characteristic karst landscape with many related features.

Duration: about 3 hours
Rating: Easy to Moderate
Meeting Place: Dingli Football Ground
Time: 14:00


Sunday February 11th : From the Temples to the Tower

Leaving Hagar Qim Temples, we will be making our way towards Wied iz-Zurrieq passing by it-Torri ta’ Xutu along a lesser-known route.

Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Rating: Moderate
Meeting Place: Hagar Qim parking place
Time: 09:00


Sunday February 18th: Inwadar National Park (Marsascala)

The Inwadar National Park (formally established in 2016) offers an interesting expanse featuring both coastal and countryside surroundings. This is complemented by sites of cultural interest, fortifications and industrial heritage in the form of salt pans. We shall meet at the Marsascala Parish Church and first make our way to Zonqor Point. Following this we shall walk up the Zonqor coastline in the direction of Xghajra, passing by the Triq il-Wiesgha Tower and stopping short of Ta’ Bakrat. On our way back we will have the opportunity to visit Id-Dar tas-Soru and Fort San Leonardo, pass by the rural chapel of San Niklaw and the Zonqor Battery and then head back to the Marsascala Parish Church where we started.

Duration: about 3 hours
Rating: Moderate
Meeting Place: Marsascala Parish Church
Time: 09:00


Wednesday February 21st: Xemxija Trail

From Xemxija Bay, we move inland towards the wooded ridge till we reach the area close to Manikata Church where we turn back towards Mistra Bay and Xemxija. We will be viewing various characteristics of the area on our way back, such as cart ruts, beehives and Punic tombs and the Roman Road.

Duration: about 3 hours
Rating: Easy to Moderate
Meeting Place: Xemxija Kiosk
Time: 14:00


Sunday February 25th: Birzebbugia – Wied ix- Xoqqa – Wied Żnuber

A pleasant walk taking us along the coastal cliffs and caves and passing by Fort Bengħajsa.

Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Rating: Moderate to hard
Meeting Place: Birzebbugia at the Car Park of the Malta Freeport Administration Building (White Building)
Time: 09:00

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Sunday March 11th: Historical – Hidden Gems around the Cottonera (Cultral)

We will walk around the bastions and streets of the three cities to view some of the less well-known historical sites of the area. Ramblers will have an opportunity to acquire a booklet highlighting Senglea’s historical and cultural features.

Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Rating: Easy
Meeting Place: Parking Area close to the Main Gate of Senglea.
Time: 09:00


Wednesday March 14th: Siggiewi countryside (Scenic/Cultural)

Starting from Siggiewi Main Square in fron of St. Nicholas Parish Church, we head through the village out to Wied Hesri – Blat il-Qamar- Ta’ Brija – Laferla Cross – San Lawrenz – Tal-Providenza – Hal-Xluq, and then back to Siggiewi.

Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Rating: Moderate to hard
Meeting Place: Siggiewi Square(opposite the Statue of St. Nicholas)
Time: 14:00


Sunday March 18th: Ghadira, il-Qammieh, Paradise Bay, Cirkewwa, Red Tower

A coast and country scenic walk, taking us towards Ras il-Qammieh, down to Paradise Bay, Cirkewwa and returning via the Red Tower and back down to Ghadira Bay.

Duration: Approximately 3 hours
Rating: Moderate with some rough terrain
Meeting Place: Car park on right near entrance to Mellieha Bay Hotel
Time: 09:00


Wednesday March 21st: Tas–Salib – Bingemma Fort and Gap – Tas-Salib (Scenic and historic)

From Tas-Salib we pass Ghemieri Estate and Palace towards Bingemma Fort. Along the Victoria Lines we will continue to Bingemma Gap back to Tas-Salib. On our way we will see some lesser known but impressive cart ruts and some tombs.

Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours
Rating: Easy to Moderate
Meeting Place: Tas-Salib. (This hamlet is on the road from Rabat to Bingemma Gap)
Time: 14:00
Driving directions: Coming from from Rabat go in the direction of Bahrija. Outside the Rabat built up area turn right at the road signs “Tas-Salib and Ta’Koronja”. Follow road sign Tas-Salib. About 1km after crossing Wied Il Fiddien is Tas-Salib, which starts with a big blank party wall in sand colour. At the start of the hamlet is the bus-stop Rabat Salib of line 109.


Sunday March 25th: Zurrieq / Qrendi trail

From our meeting place at Zurrieq , we proceed to the Santwarju tal-
Madonna tal- Hniena at Qrendi. Then we will head towards Wied Babu and the
Bassasa area, where we can enjoy the magnificent views. From there, we
shall walk through Wied Fulija towards Hal Far and return to Zurrieq via Safi.

Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Rating: Moderate to hard with steep inclines and uneven terrain.
Meeting Place: Zurrieq Parish Church
Time: 09:00Facebook

PR – ENGOs react to PM’s Zonqor Campus Comments

Press Release – ENGO react to PM Zonqor Campus Comments – 24.11.2017

The undersigned coalition of eNGOs notes the prudent statements made by the Prime Minister to the effect that the American University of Malta will not be building its Zonqor Campus until the Bormla Campus is operating at full capacity.

The eNGOs are however concerned that since Sadeen Education Investments Limited is a private firm, it is free to disregard the commitments made by the Prime Minister.

The eNGOs are disappointed that the Prime Minister has not committed to leaving Zonqor Point in its natural state and that plans for the Zonqor Campus are in the meantime still being processed by the Planning Authority under the number PA 04746/17.

In the opinion of the eNGOs, the construction of the Zonqor Point campus should be called off completely and the land should be reinstated as part of the Inwadar National Park. In this manner the people of the surrounding localities will be able to enjoy this open space as originally envisaged.

In light of the considerable negative environmental impact of the project the eNGOs also wish to state that they remain committed in their opposition to the Zonqor Point campus and that they will be challenging the project through the planning process at the appropriate time.

The Press Release is signed by Flimkien Għal Ambjent Aħjar, the Ramblers’ Association of Malta, Front Ħarsien ODZ, Friends of the Earth Malta and Nature Trust Malta.


Stqarrija Stampa – Reazzjoni tal-Għaqdiet Ambjentali dwar il-kummenti tal-PM fuq Żonqor Point – 24.22.2017

Il-koalizzjoni ta’ għaqdiet ambjentali iffirmata hawn taħt tinnota l-istqarrija prudenti tal-Prim Ministru dwar il-fatt li l-Universita’ Amerikana ta’ Malta mhux sejra tkun qegħda tibda l-bini tal-kampus taż-Żonqor sakemm il-kampus ta’ Bormla ikun qiegħed jopera b’kapaċita’ sħiħa.

Iżda l-għaqdiet ambjentali huma inkwetati li peress li Sadeen Education Investments Limited hija kumpanija privata, din hija ħielsa li ma’ tagħtix widen lil dak li intqal mill-Prim Ministru.

L-għaqdiet ambjentali huma iddiżappuntati li l-Prim Ministru ma kkommettiex ruħu li jħalli is-sit fiż-Żonqor fl-istat naturali tiegħu u li sa dan it-tant il-pjanijiet tal-kampus taż-Żonqor qegħdin jiġu proċessati mill-Awtorita’ tal-Ippjanar taħt in-numru PA 04746/17.

Fil-fehma tal-għaqdiet ambjentali, il-bini tal-kampus ta’ Żonqor Point m’għandux iseħħ u l-art li kien sejjer isir il-proġett fuqha għandha tingħata lura lill-Park Nazzjonali tal-Inwadar. B’dan il-mod in-nies tal-lokalitajiet biswit Żonqor Point ikunu jistgħu igawdu dan l-ispazju miftuħ ħekk kif kien maħsub fil-Pjan Lokali.

Fid-dawl tal-impatt ambjentali negattiv li sejjer iħalli dan il-proġett, l-għaqdiet ambjentali jixtiequ jistqarru li huma kommessi li jibqgħu jopponu dan il-proġett fil-proċess tal-ippjanar.

Din l-istqarrija hija iffirmata minn Flimkien Għal Ambjent Aħjar, Ramblers’ Association of Malta, Front Ħarsien ODZ, Friends of the Earth Malta u Nature Trust Malta.Facebook

Additional Wednesday Walks – Autumn 2017

Kindly note that there will be the four additional Wednesday walks during the Autumn season, two in November and two in December.

November

8th November: Mqabba, Hal-Millieri, Zurrieq, Qrendi, Mqabba (Scenic, historical and geological)

From the centre of Mqabba, we walk to the Hal-Millieri area (Chapel of the Annunciation and Chapel of John the Evangelist). Our tour will then lead us through rural farmland to the outskirts of Zurrieq, then on to Qrendi along beautiful coastal landscape. Above il-Maqluba, we visit the Chapel of St. Matthew and a small Chapel very close to it. From there we walk back to Mqabba Parish Church.

Duration:              Approximately 2 to 3 hours 

Rating:                  Easy to Moderate with some inclines

Meeting Place:      Mqabba Parish Church 

Time:                     14:00


22nd November: Zurrieq, Hal-Far, Safi, Zurrieq (Scenic, historical and geological)

An interesting tour that will take us first to the Xarolla Windmill and the church of St. Agatha close by at Zurrieq and then to Tal-Baqqari, where we can see the ruins of an old Christian church. From there, we walk to Hal-Far with its

Duration:              Approximately 2 to 3 hours 

Rating:                  Easy to Moderate with some inclines

Meeting Place:      Xarolla Windmill, Zurrieq 

Time:                     14:00


December

6th December: Zabbar, Xghajra, Smart City, Kalkara, Birgu (Scenic, historical and geological)

From the centre of Zabbar, we walk via Xghajra (Batterija tal-Grazzja and park, seaside and promenade) to modern Smart City. After a break, we ramble through Kalkara (Santu Rokku) and see the Commonwealth War Graves and the Capuchin Convent and Church. We leave Cottonera at Notre Dame Gate and head back to Zabbar Parish Church.

Duration:              Approximately 2 to 3 hours 

Rating:                  Easy to Moderate with some inclines

Meeting Place:      Zabbar Parish Church

Time:                     14:00


20th December: Attard, Lija, Mosta, Ta’ Qali, Attard (Scenic, historical and geological)

From the centre of Attard, we walk to the outskirts of Lija where we visit a very nice Chapel with a garden. After this, our tour leads us through fertile farmland to Mosta and later to the famous Dome of the town. A short break near this church gives us some time to see and feel the life of this urban place. We return to Attard via Ta’ Qali.

Duration:              Approximately 2 to 3 hours 

Rating:                  Easy to Moderate with some inclines

Meeting Place:      Attard Parish Church

Time:                     14:00


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