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 – October – December 2019

Autumn Walks Calendar

October

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

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

Duration: 2.5hrs approx.

Rating: Easy

Meeting Place: Mdina Gate

Starting Time: 09:00


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

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

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

Starting Time: 16:00


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

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

Duration: 3 hrs approx.

Rating: Easy

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

Starting Time: 09:00


Sunday 20th October: Dingli / Mtaħleb

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

Duration: 3 hrs approx.

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

Meeting Place: Dingli Parish Church

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


Wednesday 23rd October: Mġarr countryside

A pleasant ramble in the countryside around Mġarr.

Duration: 3 hrs approx.

Rating: Easy to Moderate

Meeting Place: Mġarr Parish Church

Starting Time: 14:00


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

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

Duration: 3 approx.

Rating: Easy to moderate

Meeting Place: Għarghur Parish Church

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


November

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

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

Duration: 2.5hrs approx.

Rating: Easy

Meeting Place: Żebbug Parish Church

Starting Time: 09:00

PS: This is a Saturday walk!


Wednesday 6th November: Smart City / Żonqor

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

Duration: 3hrs approx.

Rating: Moderate with some rough ground

Meeting Place: Smart City (bottom car park)

Starting Time: 14:00


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

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

Duration: 3 hrs approx.

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

Meeting Place: Belleview / Valyou Shopping Centre

Starting Time: 09:00


Sunday 17th November: Burmarrad / Wardija / Bidnija

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

Duration: 3 to 4 hrs.

Rating: Moderate with some sharp inclines

Meeting Place: Scotts Supermarket, Burmarrad

Starting Time: 09:00


Wednesday 20th November: 6 Chapels Walk

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

Duration: 3 hrs approx.

Rating: Moderate

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

Starting Time: 14:00


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

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

Duration: 3 to 4 hrs.

Rating: Moderate

Meeting Place: Marsaskala Parish Church

Starting Time: 09:00


December

Sunday 1st December: Cultural walk in Qrendi

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

Duration: 4 hrs. approx.

Rating: Easy to Moderate

Meeting Place: San Mattew tal-Maqluba, Qrendi

Starting Time: 09:00


Wednesday 4th December: Lunzjata and Wied Hazrun

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

Duration: 3 hrs. approx.

Rating: Moderate

Meeting Place: St. Dominic Priory, Rabat

Starting Time: 14:00


Sunday 8th December: Xemxija / Mistra Valley

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

Duration: 3 to 4 hrs.

Rating: Moderate with rough terrain and steep inclines

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

Starting Time: 09:00


Sunday 15th December: Siġġiewi countryside

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

Duration: 3 to 4 hrs.

Rating: Moderate

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

Starting Time: 09:00


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

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

Duration: 2.5 hrs. approx.

Rating: Easy

Meeting Place: Balluta Bay

Starting Time: 14:00


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

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

Duration: 3.5 hrs. approx.

Rating: Moderate

Meeting Place: Mellieħa Bay Hotel Parking lot

Starting Time: 09:00


Sunday 29th December: Round Valletta’s perimeter

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

Duration: between 2 to 3 hrs.

Rating: Easy

Meeting Place: In front of Parliament, Valletta

Starting Time: 09:00

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