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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: 09:00

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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.

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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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Walks Programme – October to December 2017

Autumn Walks Calendar – 2017

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Sunday 1st October: Gozo

From Mgarr, we take the bus to Victoria Terminus, then another bus to a stop called Widerness, located the other side of the aqueduct arch, on the main Rabat-Għarb road. Then we start the walk proper by turning into a narrow country road and up a path in the fields to l-Għolja ta’ Għar Ilma, the source of the water that used to flow to Rabat through the said aqueduct Down the hill and Triq Għajn Abdul, and San Lawrenz, which we enter by a back path behind the Kempinski Hotel.

Triq Wied Merill leads to the top of Dwejra and the Inland Sea; beautiful views including Il-Ġebla tal-Ġeneral, Fungus Rock. We proceed along the cliff paths to Ponta San Dimitri, the westernmost tip of our Islands, until we eventually reach the fabled chapel of San Dimitri itself, which is indeed a peacful spot where we can sit and enjoy a bite and a drink.

We head towards the cliffs again, to arrive at Wied il-Mielaħ from the west. Here we have an azure window little known until the recent collapse of the iconic Dwejra Window. Now we walk along the country road towards Għarb (Arabic for West) but turn left along a path facing l-Għolja tal-Ġiordan. We reach Għammar and Ta’ Pinu for a bus back to Rabat.

Duration: Approximately 4 to 5 hours
Rating: Moderate but might be too long for some ramblers!
Meeting Place: Take the 8:15 ferry from Cirkewwa. Then bus 301 from Mgarr to Victoria bus terminus. Then another short bus ride to the start of the walk.
Time: Be early enough to catch the 8:15 ferry from Cirkewwa.


Sunday 8th October: Mgarr surrounding countryside

A walk in the lovely countryside around Mgarr.

Duration: Approximately 3 to 4 hours
Rating: Moderate with some rough ground – garigue.
Meeting Place: Mgarr Parish Church
Time: 09:00


Wednesday 11th October: North East Coast

A walk that will also take in the Campbell outpost, Ghajn Hadid highland, Selmun Palace, the Mgiebah, Ix-Xaghra tal-Girdellu, with all the views they offer. We will return below the cliff of Kortin, then through Santa Marija Estate back to the starting point.

Duration: Approximately 3 ½ hours
Rating: Moderate with uneven ground
Meeting Place: Selmun Palace
Time: 15:00

N.B. Please note the starting time.


Sunday 15th October: Annual walk through the British Garrison of Mtarfa and a visit to the Olive Press

For the fourth year running, we shall be visiting some interesting places in the past British Garrison of Mtarfa. From there, we eventually head to the “tal-Kancillier” Olive Press where we can watch olives being pressed and olive oil being bottled. One may also purchase first-class olive oil from this establishment.

Duration: Approximately 2 ½ hrs
Rating: Easy
Meeting Place: Mdina Main Gate
Time: 09:00


Sunday 22nd October: A Walk to the South of Malta

From Birzebbugia, we will go towards Ghar Hasan, down to Wied Moqbol and back up again to higher ground and on to Hal-Far, eventually making our way back to Birzebbugia.

Duration: Approximately 4 hrs
Rating: Moderate to Hard
Meeting Place: Birzebbugia Parish Church
Time: 09:00


Saturday 28th October: Gozo

A walk on the Eastern side of Gozo. We will walk from the ferry at Mgarr towards Qala, then on to Nadur – as far as possible through countryside lanes and paths. This will be a circular walk where we will reach the ferry again about 4 hours later.

Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Rating: Moderate
Meeting Place and time: Take the 09:00 ferry from Cirkewwa. The walk starts from the Mgarr Terminus at 09:30

N.B. This is a Saturday walk!


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Sunday 5th November: The Majjistral Park

We will be walking in the park enjoying both coastal and inland paths. Mostly an easy walk but there will be some rough terrain

Duration: 3 to 4hrs
Rating: Easy to Moderate due to some rough terrain
Meeting Place: ‘Apple’s Eye’ restaurant, Ghajn Tuffieha
Time: 09:00hrs


*NEW* Wednesday 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


Sunday 12th November: Mellieha – Wied Ingraw

A pleasant walk in the countryside around Mellieha and Wied Ingraw.

Duration: About 3 hours
Rating: Moderate with some hills and valley crossings
Meeting Place: Mellieha Parish Church
Time: 09:00


Wednesday 15th November: Balluta / San Gwann / Mensija / Ta’ Giorni / St.Julians (Cultural)

A circular walk through a busy area of Malta with however interesting places to discover.

Duration: About 3 hours
Rating: Easy
Meeting Place: Balluta Bay, St. Julians
Time: 14:00


Sunday 19th November: St. Thomas Bay/Tas-Slig, Marsaxlokk

Coastal walk with breath-taking views, sometimes walking close to the cliff edge and returning through country paths

Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
Rating: Moderate with some rough ground (good head for heights needed)
Meeting Place: St Thomas Bay car park, Marsascala
Time: 09:00


*NEW* Wednesday 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 British-built barracks until we later reach the country lane that will lead us to Safi (Roman round tower and the Garden of Sir Alexander Ball). From there, we ramble through the centre of this village back to the Xarolla Windmill.

Duration: Approximately 2 to 3 hours
Rating: Easy to Moderate with some inclines
Meeting Place: Xarolla Windmill, Zurrieq
Time: 14:00

Sunday 26th November: Birzebbugia and its Natural Valleys

We pass through the picturesque Zembaq Valley, passing through country lanes and Qoton Valley. Later we head on to Has-Saptan, an afforested area mainly consisting of olive trees and a few carob trees and further on stop to see Loretu Chapel. At the end of our walk we can admire the Roman Remains and Casa Ipolito.

Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
Rating: Moderate to hard (uneven terrain)
Meeting Place: Boat Park/Car Park in Birzebbugia, near the toilets. Right across the main road from Al Fresco restaurant.
Time: 09:00


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Sunday 3rd December: Dwejra Lines – Bidnija – Mgarr

A scenic walk taking us up to Dwejra Lines, past Falka Pumping Station, through the valley to Bidnija, Zebbieh and back to Mgarr.

Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Rating: Moderate with some steep inclines and rough terrain
Meeting Place: Mgarr Parish Church
Time: 09:00


*NEW* 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

Sunday 10th December: Marsascala / San Antnin Park / Bidni

A pleasant walk along the coast then lanes to reach San Antnin Park, returning through the hamlet of Bidni.

Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
Rating: Easy
Meeting Place: Marsascala Parish Church
Time: 09:00


Wednesday 13th December (Public Holiday): L-Aħrax tal-Mellieħa (Coastal and Country / Scenic)

Starting from the Mellieħa Bay Hotel, we shall walk down the majestic cliffs of l-Aħrax tal-Mellieħa, until we reach Little Armier Bay. The coastal walk will then turn into a country walk as we cross across 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 Ta’ L-Imgħarrqa, Marks and Dukes Window and the Coral Lagoon. We shall also make stops at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception and at the Aħrax Tower.

Duration: about 3 ½ hours
Rating: Moderate
Meeting Place: Mellieha Bay Hotel Car Park
Time: 09:00


Sunday 17th December: High Ridge Walk

From St. James the Apostle Chapel, we cross the village of Naxxar through narrow and winding streets to the outskirts of Gharghur, past its semaphore tower and onwards to Top of the World, to Lutrika, Busietta and Madliena and back through country lanes, past rehabilitated old Globigerina Limestone quarries and back to our cars.

Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
Rating: Easy
Meeting Place: Ex-Trade Fair Grounds, Naxxar. (Buses 31,43,45,46,49,260)
Time: 09:00


*NEW* Wednesday 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


Sunday 24th December: Naxxar, Ghallis, Maghtab, Targa Gap.

From San Pawl tat-Targa Chapel, we go towards the valley, past cart-ruts and a renovated pill box close by a hardstone quarry. Following country lanes we reach Ghallis, follow the coast line and back to Naxxar from San Pawl tat-Targa Gap.

Duration: about 3 hours
Rating: Easy to Moderate
Meeting Place: San Pawl tat-Targa Chapel (Bus 260 every hour)
Time: 09:00 (back by noon)


Sun 31st December: Pembroke and its recent history (in aid of Malta Community Chest Fund)

This is a charity walk in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund. It is an easy and interesting walk to collect funds to a worthwhile cause.
Please do come along and bring as many friends as possible. Monetary contributions will be appreciated. See you all there.

Duration: about 2 ½ hrs
Rating: Easy
Meeting Place: Car Park opposite the ITS San Gorg (near Corinthia Hotel)
Time: 09:00


We will be holding our annual Christmas-time Ramblers’ weekend on the 8th – 9th – 10th December this year. Please keep that weekend free. Further details will be sent closer to the date.

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Summer Dinner Date Announced

The Ramblers’ Association will be holding its Annual Summer Dinner at the Salini Resort on Friday the 28th of July 2017.

Members are asked to keep the date free so that they can join us on this festive occasion.

More details will be circulated shortly.

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Wednesday 24th May : Ad Hoc Cultural Walk on the N/W outskirts of Mosta

Dr. George Cassar will be leading the cultural tour to three very interesting sites on the northwest outskirts of Mosta.

The tour will start with a guided visit to the Bistra catacombs, which have recently been given an expertly face-lift to make them accessible to the public.  A new interpretation centre as well as a very modern and up-to-date protective marquee have been built to envelope the surprising remains which few know of.  The modern set-up was possible through funds coming from the EU. (An entrance fee of €3 will be charged on site)

The walk will then proceed to the Speranza chapel, which will be opened for our visit to witness the rich decoration of the interior baroque.  The chapel has been a site of devotion towards Our Lady of Hope for centuries and consequently always kept in a good state of preservation.  It was reputedly built on the underlying cave where a maiden tending sheep sought cover from marauding corsairs during one of their raids on Malta during the time of the Knights.

Trekking down through valley is impossible due to the wild vegetation so the shortest route is taken to the chapel of St Paul the Hermit that lies in the depth of the valley inside a large cave.  The ramblers have often passed by the chapel but this time round the chapel will again be opened for the occasion and the primordial chapel preceding the existing one explained.  Once down in the valley the hardy ramblers can climb visit to the lesser known paleo-christian tomb dug in the rock face in the vicinity.

Time: 2.45pm

Meeting Place:Bus Stop at San Ġuzepp tat-Targa,
at junction of the entrance to the Ġnien l-Għarusa tal-Mosta, Mosta.

Duration: 3-4 hours

Grading: Easy.

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May Walks on Wednesdays

An extra walks will be held in May as follows.
Wednesday 10th May: Girgenti – Buskett and surrounding country side
The walk will take us downhiil Wied Girgenti, thru the green valley of Wied Il-Luq, uphill along the wooded fringes of Buskett Gardens towards the garrigue plain with spectacular views and a wild array of shallow coralline quarries and many lesser  visited cart ruts. From here we cross in front of Ta’ Zuta quarry to Wied Girgenti downhill to the Sanctuary.
Duration: about 3 hours
Rating: some easy, mostly moderate
Meeting Place: Siggiewi parish church
Meeting time: 1:30p.m.
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