Walks Program

Walking in the countryside is an important part of the education about our natural environment, our culture and our history. The Ramblers’ Association organises about 50 walks every year, and has several expert walk leaders to help you enjoy the best routes we have found while tracking ourselves.

How do I join?

Becoming a member of our Association allows you to attend all of the walks included in our walks programme.

How difficult are the walks?

The Ramblers often leave the paved roads to roam the countryside and this may not be suitable for everybody. Therefore all walks are graded as follows, in order to indicate whether they are suitable for you or not:

Easy for the occasional rambler who prefers leisurely strides at a slower pace.
Moderate  for the average rambler who can take 3-4 hour stretches of walking on uneven surfaces.
Hard for the fit rambler in good physical shape and able to negotiate steep inclines and long stretches.
Very Hard  only for hardy ramblers loving difficult challenges, and who are ready to take a beating.

Our walk leaders do their best to scout and properly grade each walk beforehand and ensure these walks are done with the Code of Practice in mind. Members who are interested in becoming Walk Leaders are invited to come forward. New and original routes would be welcome, but this is not a must. Please contact us if you are interested and the Walks Coordinator will get in touch with you to give you more details. You can also speak to the committee members during any of the walks.

Some walks might present problems to anyone who is not used to walking over unpaved ground. Good walking shoes and suitable clothing for the weather are recommended. Please bring some drinking water along, especially on the longer walks. RAM endeavors to adhere to the published walks programme but reserves the right to make changes without prior notice, as the need arises. Walks are organized for the benefit of RAM members. Guests are welcome to try any walk and are invited to join the Association if they find the going good and wish to come again. Walks will be cancelled in case of very bad weather. If in doubt please phone 99497080 / 79594267

Liability Disclaimer: By attending any walk contained in this walks programme I am exempting unconditionally the Ramblers’ Association of Malta (RAM), its administrators and its walk leaders from any liability whatsoever for any loss or damage to my belongings and/or death or bodily injury or illness sustained during the course of the walk. I accept that RAM takes great care in picking every trail but that my safety is ultimately my sole responsibility. I accept that I join the Association’s walks out of my free will and can choose to stop walking at any time and at my discretion. I understand that RAM declines all responsibility in this respect.

Note: Bookings for restricted walks are not transferable. If one is accepted on a restricted walk one cannot decide to transfer one’s booking to another person. Should one not be able to make the booked walk one is to inform the organizers at once.

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