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 to walk along easy terrain routes along country lanes without much rough ground or too steep inclines.
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

Owing to the nature of the activity involved in walks, RAM strongly recommends that you take certain measures to prevent any loss or injury being incurred during a walk. Precautionary measures suggested by RAM include, but are not limited to:

  • wearing clothing attire and footwear which is suitable for walking activities;
  • keeping all your belongings in a safe place during the walk;
  • bringing basic first aid material with you to the walk;
  • bringing sufficient drinking water with you to the walk;
  • undertaking a medical check-up on a regular basis to ensure that your health condition is adequate for walking activities;
  • paying attention to the difficulty level of each walk, and only attending walks the difficulty level of which is compatible with your experience and physical condition;
  • sticking to the trail suggested by walk leaders during the walk;
    stop walking if at any point the walk feels too difficult.

Please note that the above are strictly suggestions provided by RAM and shall in no way imply any form of responsibility on the part of RAM in the event of any loss, damage or injury being incurred by an attendee during a walk.

Disclaimer: By attending any of the RAM walks you expressly acknowledge that this shall be at your own risk and that you shall be responsible for any loss, damage or injury which you may incur during the walk. RAM expressly disclaims liability in any manner or under any circumstances whatsoever, for any loss or damage, bodily injury or death, which may be incurred during a walk.

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 2019

Winter Walks Calendar

January

Wednesday 2nd: Siggiewi and its surrounding valleys

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


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

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


Sunday 13th: Marsaskala towards Marsaxlokk and back

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

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

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


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

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

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


Saturday 19th: Gozo

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

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

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


Sunday 27th: Rambling in Had-Dingli Countryside

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

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


Wednesday 30th: Mellieha North West

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

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

February

Sunday 3rd: Two Valleys Walk

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

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


Sunday 10th: The Southern tip of Malta

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

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


Wednesday 13th: San Gwann / Swieqi / Wied Ghomor

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

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


Sunday 17th: Xemxija / Mizieb / Majjistral Park

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

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


Saturday 23rd: Zabbar

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

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


Wednesday 27th: Siggiewi to Gebel Ciantar and back

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

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


March

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

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

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

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

Seniors are reminded to bring their 60+ ID card


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

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

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


Wednesday 13th: A walk in the countryside around Mosta

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

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


Sunday 17th: Gozo

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

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

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


Sunday 24th: Wardija Ridge and Wied Qanotta

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

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


Wednesday 27th: Smart City / Zonqor

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

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


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

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

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


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