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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 The old Busugrilla roundabout has been replaced by a modern visitors’ centre (Malta’s Water System) built strategically over the archeological remains while preserving them and still allowing them to be viewed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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April Walks on Wednesdays

Two extra walks will be held in April as follows.

Wednesday 12th April 2017:
Hugging the coastline:  Floriana-Pieta-Msida-Ta Xbiex- Gzira-Sliema-St. Julians -Pembroke-Bahar ic Caghaq.
This is a straight walk along the busy coastline between Floriana and finishing at Bahar ic Caghaq. It is not a circular walk but one may catch the bus back from the finishing point or opt to catch the bus anywhere along the route.
Meeting Place:                By Phoenicia Hotel Floriana
Time:                                  14:00
Rating:                               Easy
Duration                             3.5hrs

Wednesday 26th Arpil 2017 :
Around Zebbug and Siggiewi
A walk abundant with views, passing ridges, valleys and rural areas taking us through Wied Hanzir, Ta’ Kandja, Tal-Providenza, Ta’ Haxluq, Siggiewi and Wied Hesri.
Meeting Place: the ex-Peridot Hall in Zebbug (at the bottom of the hill on your way to Siggiewi)
Time:                  14:00
Rating:                Moderate
Duration:              up to 3 hrs

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Walks Programme – April to June 2017

Spring Walks Calendar – 2017

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Sunday 2nd April: Qrendi – Zurrieq and the surrounding countryside

A scenic walk along lovely rustic lanes and paths in this area.

Duration: about 3 to 4 hours  
Rating: Moderate
Meeting Place: Qrendi – in front of the Chapel at Il-Maqluba
Time: 09:00


Sunday 9th: Naxxar to Baħar iċ-Cagħaq (Scenic)

This is dedicated to Hugh Pace who had originally led this walk. We will be following the Victoria Lines with views from a high vantage point, coming back along country lanes. There will be rough terrain and steep inclines, which could be slippery, if wet.

Duration: about 3 to 4 hours  
Rating: Hard with some inclines and rough terrain
Meeting Place: St. Paul’s Chapel, San Pawl tat-Targa)
Time: 09:00   


Wednesday 12th: Hugging the coastline:  Floriana-Pieta-Msida-Ta Xbiex- Gzira-Sliema-St. Julians -Pembroke-Bahar ic Caghaq. (NEW!)

This is a straight walk along the busy coastline between Floriana and finishing at Bahar ic Caghaq. It is not a circular walk but one may catch the bus back from the finishing point or opt to catch the bus anywhere along the route.
Meeting Place:                By Phoenicia Hotel Floriana
Time:                                  14:00
Rating:                               Easy
Duration                             3.5hrs

Sunday 16th April:   Easter Sunday Special Treat
Guided visit to the University Botanical Collection      

A special Easter treat exclusively organised 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 other information about the exotic plants at the time of spring when the plants are at their best.  A fee of €5 will be payable by the participants whose numbers will be restricted. Applications will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis.  Booking opens on 1st April and last calls will be received by Wednesday 12th April.  A rare opportunity not to be missed.

Duration: 2 hours
Rating: Very easy and short so that all participants will be back home by noon for the Easter lunch.
Meeting place:       Sarria Church, Floriana
Time: 09.00 sharp.


Sunday 23rd: Kirkop – Mqabba – Qrendi – Kirkop (Historical-Cultural)

From Kirkop Parish Square we walk along the outskirts of the village and proceed to Tar-Robba, then through Mqabba and on to Qrendi, passing by a number of interesting historical sites. The walk will also include a visit to the recently restored Mqabba “Plague Hospital”

Duration: about 3.5 hours  
Rating: Easy
Meeting Place: Kirkop Parish Church
Time: 09:00


Wednesday 26th: Around Zebbug and Siggiewi (NEW!)

A walk abundant with views, passing ridges, valleys and rural areas taking us through Wied Hanzir, Ta’ Kandja, Tal-Providenza, Ta’ Haxluq, Siggiewi and Wied Hesri.
Meeting Place: the ex-Peridot Hall in Zebbug (at the bottom of the hill on your way to Siggiewi)
Time:                  14:00
Rating:                Moderate
Duration:              up to 3 hrs

Sunday 30th:   Żejtun-Marsaxlokk-Żejtun. (Scenic and historical).

A fairly-long circular walk covering urban and rural features such as old residencies, alleys, chapels, forts, old hamlets, cliffs, and others. The walk is in three parts: the first one is urban, the second is rural and coastal, and the third is urban on returning to Żejtun from the Ħal Biżbud side. Ramblers are urged to refrain from running ahead or lagging behind during this interesting walk. So please keep close as a group for the benefit of all participants. A 10-15 minute break will be taken near one of the features being visited.

Duration: Approximately 5 hours.
Rating: Moderate to hard (mainly because of the length) with some inclines.
Meeting Place: Near Żejtun Parish Church of St Catherine.
Time: 09:00


29th April to 6th May: Catalunya Trekking Festival in Spain

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Sunday 7th May: Mellieha – Mistra Valley and Bay – Selmun Bay
(Coastal and Country /Scenic)

From Mellieha Park and Drive we head down to Mistra Valley past an ancient apiary then onto Mistra Bay. We walk up past Mistra Battery than we cut across to Fort Campbell down through the countryside to Mgiebeh (Selmun Bay). After a much needed rest at Selmun Bay we head along the coast up to il- Kortin and back to our starting point.

Duration: Approximately 3 hours.
Rating: Moderate to hard due to rough terrain and steep inclines
Meeting Place: Mellieha Park and Drive (Valyou shopping centre)
Time: 09:00 


Wednesday 10th May: Girgenti – Buskett and surrounding country side (NEW!)

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.

Sunday 14th May: COMINO – A coastal walk around Comino

An interesting and scenic tour of the smallest of the Maltese Islands visiting the historical sites and geological features.  There is no shade, so come prepared. Bring a packed lunch and swim wear (optional).

The ferry boat ride to and from Comino will carry a fee of €10, payable on the spot to committee members so that all ramblers leave together.  Please be on time at 08:30 hrs to get the tickets.

Duration: 5 hours. Ferry back at about 2 p.m. (option to catch later ferry)
Rating: Moderate with rough ground
Meeting Place: Cirkewwa near Comino ferry boats
Time: 08:30 to leave at 08:45.


Sunday 21st May: There will be two walks being offered today.

  1. RESTRICTED WALK : Walking Along the Fault

    Many have heard of the famous Rift Valley in Africa but few people know that we have something similar here in Malta. We shall be following the edge of the fault and will locate geological features which are typical. The walk is along rugged cliffs and is not for the faint-hearted; it is hard and one must be
    sure-footed and have a good head for heights.This walk is restricted to a small limited number on a first come, first accepted basis. Time and meeting place will be communicated individually by email. The walk may be repeated in future should there be demand.
    This walk is to be considered as
    a hard one because of the rough terrain.To book send an email (not an SMS) with the subject –Walking along the Fault – to ram205@gmail.com.
    Booking opens on the 10th of May.  Kindly note that any emails arriving before the 10th of May will be ignored.
  2. Bahar ic-Caghaq – Pembroke – Madliena (Scenic / Cultural)An interesting walk through the British Garrison of Pembroke visiting some very interesting sites and buildings before heading for the Madliena Heights and then back down to Bahar ic-Caghaq.Duration: About 3 hrs
    Rating: Moderate but with sections of rough terrain and some inclines.
    Meeting Place: Bahar ic-Caghaq by the Ice Cream Kiosk.
    Time: 09:00

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

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 Guzepp tat-Targa, at junction of the entrance to the Gnien l-Gharusa tal-Mosta, Mosta.
Duration: 3-4 hours
Grading: Easy.


Sunday 28th May: Gozo

From Mgarr (Gozo), we will take the scenic route to Qala Belveder, passing by il-Mithna, which will lead us down to the valley and bay of Dahlet Qorrot. Crossing this valley past many citrus trees, will take us to the outskirts of Nadur and back to the ferry. We will meet several troglodyte caves on our way and those who are more adventurous, can explore them at will.

Duration: From 3 to 4 hours (walking)
Rating: Moderate but with sections of rough terrain.
Meeting Place: Take the 08:15 ferry from Cirkewwa.
Time: The walk will be starting from Mgarr Harbour at 08:45.


Wednesday 31st May: Mosta, Rabat (Chadwick Lakes and Dwejra Lines), Mosta
(Scenic/ historical)

Our very interesting circular walk leads us through parts of the valley of the Chadwick Lakes (Wied Qlejja), uphill to the Dwejra Lines and downhill back to the starting point. Rural landscape with deep valleys and fertile farmland. Good view.

Duration: Approximately 2-3 hours.
Rating: Easy to Moderate with some inclines.
Meeting Place: Mosta Parish Church
Time: 16:00 (Please note the change in the starting time)


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Sunday 4th June: Dingli Area (Scenic)

This scenic walk along Dingli Cliffs will take us past the radar station towards Bobbyland restaurant and the surrounding area. Please note the earlier meeting time due to the summer heat.

Duration: Approximately 3-4 hours.
Rating: Moderate with some rough terrain
Meeting Place: St Mary Magdalene Chapel, Triq Panoramika, Dingli Cliffs
Time: 08:30   (Please note the change in the starting time)


Sunday 11th June: Ghadira – Paradise Bay – and surrounding country roads (Scenic)

A circular walk taking us through some wooded areas and along rocky coastline and sandy beaches to the North of the Island.

Duration: Approximately 3-4 hours.
Rating: Easy to Moderate with some inclines.
Meeting Place: Mellieha Bay Hotel parking place (at Ghadira)
Time: 08:30

Ramblers may wish to follow up the walk with a cooling swim at Ghadira Bay!


Wednesday 14th June: Qawra, Burmarrad, Bidnija, Mosta, Qawra
(Scenic and historical)

From the “Bella Vista Hotel” at Qawra, we walk through the important Salina National Park, pass by the Birdpark and the chapel of St. Michael. At Burmarrad, we visit the famous Church of San Pawl Milqi. Then, our tour leads us uphill to Bidnija. We pass the Parish Church and go downhill to the outskirts of Mosta and through the fertile fields back to the starting point. This beautiful landscape is of great historical importance for the Roman period in Malta.

Duration: Approximately 2 – 3 hours.
Rating: Easy to moderate with some inclines.
Meeting Place: Kennedy memorial in Salini Park
Time: 16:00


Sunday 18th June: Five Wayside-Chapels Trail (Scenic/ Geological)

As the name suggests, we will be passing by these five wayside chapels which unfortunately will surely be closed. Along the way we will pass through a deep valley, by collapsed bridges, along a wider plain with a feature called “Risq il-Widien”. Catacombs, Beehives, Hard-stone Quarries and Cart-ruts will be viewed on this circular walk.

Duration: 3 to 4 hrs     
Rating: Moderate
Meeting place: San Pawl tat-Targa Chapel (Bus 260 every hour)
Time: 08:30


Sunday 25th June: Gardens and Bastions

A coastline walk around the Valletta bastions taking in the restored bridge to the breakwater and the side beneath St Elmo then rising up to the scenic gardens overlooking Grand Harbour.

The walk will end up with an optional lunch at the Ordnance Pub to celebrate the end of the Walking season. (Those staying on for lunch are requested to phone by Saturday 24th to reserve seating.)

Price indication:  A selection of Pasta: €10.50/ Burgers with salad & chips: €8.50/ Various salads: €9.50.

Rating: Moderate
Duration: 3 hrs + lunch
Meeting Place: Hotel Phoenicia front
Time: 08:30


Wednesday: 28th June: Luqa, Santa Lucija, Ghaxaq, Gudja, Bir Miftuh, Luqa
(Scenic and historical)

From the centre of Luqa, we walk through rural farmland to Santa Lucija where we visit the Chinese Garden and the Garden of Serenity. From there, we ramble on, surrounded by fertile fields to the Chapel of Santa Lucija and at Ghaxaq, to the Torri Kalamija and the Chapel of Christus. Then, our very interesting tour leads us via the centres of Ghaxaq and Gudja to the chapel of Santa Marija ta’ Bir Miftuh and back to the starting point at Luqa.

Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
Rating: Easy to moderate with some inclines
Meeting Place: Luqa Parish Church
Time: 16:00


Wednesday 12th July: Dingli, Buskett, Dingli (Scenic and historical)

From the centre of Dingli, we walk to the village of Buskett, where we visit the famous sites of Clapham Junction (cart ruts) and of Ghar il-Kbir (cave dwellings). After that, we walk through a rustic landscape to the entrance of Girgenti Palace (Inquisitor’s Palace) and then along Dingli Cliffs, passing by the Chapel of Saint Mary Magdalen, back to the starting point.

Duration: 2 to 3 hrs
Rating: Easy to Moderate with some inclines.
Meeting Place: Dingli Parish Church
Time: 16:00


Wednesday 26th: Attard, Lija, Mosta, Ta’ Qali, Attard (Scenic and historical)

Our circular tour leads us from Attard to the centre of Lija and its Paris Church, then through fertile fields to Mosta, where we pass by the Pama Shopping Village and soon reach the Mosta Parish Church with its magnificent dome. We walk back to Attard via Ta’ Qali. The view over the landscape is especially good near Lija and at Ta’ Qali.

Duration: 2 to 3 hrs
Rating: Easy to Moderate with some inclines.
Meeting Place: Attard Parish Church.
Time: 16:00


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PR – ERA President Meets Environment Minister

8th March 2017

Ms. Lis Nielsen meets Environment Minister Jose Herrera

The Ramblers’ Association of Malta had the pleasure to welcome the President of the European Ramblers’ Association Ms. Lis Nielsen to Malta over the past few days. The European Ramblers’ Association counts over 58 walking organisations from 32 different European countries and represents more than 3 million registered walkers.

During her stay Ms Nielsen accompanied the Ramblers’ Association for a courtesy visit to the Minister for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change Jose Herrera. In the course of this meeting the association had the opportunity to discuss problems relating to the right of access to the Maltese countryside, where difficulties such as illegal gates, fraudulent signs and phony claims over public paths remain a nuisance faced regularly by all walkers. 

Ms. Nielsen indicated that such efforts to guarantee public access to nature were in line with the European Ramblers’ Association’s latest resolution, which was approved in 2016. The resolution “Open up Europe’s Natural Environment!” puts emphasis on the right of access to nature, through which everyone should be able to experience Europe’s natural and cultural heritage. The only limitations to this right which should be acceptable are those which are transparent and justifiable. In addition the resolution says that legal and planning regulations ought to take the interests of walkers into account, and identifies the creation of marked trails as an essential tool to promote greater care of the countryside. Ms. Nielsen also stressed that the right of access to nature would need to take different forms in different countries, depending on the specific challenges being faced, and drew a number of parallels between Malta and her home country of Denmark on this matter.

The Ramblers’ Association of Malta also took the opportunity to express its views about several initiatives being taken by the Ministry. In particular the association expressed its positive view on the fact that the management plans for various Natura 2000 sites had now been completed, and believes that these would be of great benefit to the environment if implemented correctly and resourced properly. The association is also pleased about the planned afforestation projects, which would definitely improve quality of life, enhance the dwindling natural environment and protect it from future over-development. Finally the association also welcomes the fact that the Minister for the Environment has put his foot down and launched an investigation into why the Planning Authority was regularly ignoring the advice emanating from the Environment Authority when issuing permits. It is the opinion of the association that if the MEPA Demerger has any hope of working properly, the present state of affairs cannot be allowed to persist.

The association concluded the meeting by saying that it was willing to support the work of the Environment and Resources Authority and urged it to seek its cooperation in matters of common interest. In particular the association reiterated its offer to support enforcement against illegalities in the countryside by reporting such occurrences during the course of its regularly held walks, as well as mobilising its members to clean up the countryside from dumping by unscrupulous individuals. Last but not least it is also willing to help to achieve the goals of the recent management plans and conservation orders when this lies within its means and expertise.

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