Walks Programme

The association organises about 50 walks every year, and has several expert walk leaders to help you enjoy the best routes we have found while trekking ourselves.

Walks are organised 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.

How difficult are the walks?

Ramblers often leave the paved roads to roam the countryside and this may not be suitable for everybody. Therefore all walks are graded by duration and by difficulty, to help members decide whether a walks is suitable for them or not.

EasyFor 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.
HardFor 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.

What guidelines should I keep in mind when coming for a walk?

The association recommends that you follow this set of (non-exhaustive) guidelines for an enjoyable walk, and also to prevent any loss or injury while walking in the outdoors.

  • 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;
  • Stopping from walking if at any point the walk feels too difficult.

Disclaimer: By attending any of the 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. The association 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.

Green Country Code

Walking in the countryside needs to take place in a respectful way to the environment and other countryside users.

The association demands that you follow its Green Country Code when you participate in its walks.

  1. Walk along pathways as far as possible.
  2. Do not trespass, cause damage or trample on cultivated areas.
  3. Respect other countryside users and do not cause undue disturbance to others.
  4. Refrain from collecting or causing harm to any specimens of flora and fauna.
  5. Do not litter the countryside.
  6. Do not dispose of any waste near the sea.
  7. Avoid causing noise and light pollution (especially in caves or at night).
  8. Do not light fires in vulnerable locations (such as caves, under trees, on dry grass or garigue).
  9. Know the protection status of any sites we will pass through. Some activities may be restricted in such areas or they may require extra attention.
  10. Report any grass fires or emergencies on 112.

October

Sunday 2nd:  Mqabba, Qrendi and Siġġiewi

The highlights of this trek will be walking past the Ħajt tal-Matla, a visit to Ħal-Millieri Chapel, and walking in the less-known countryside and valleys of the area.

Meeting point: Mqabba parish church

Starting time: 09:00

Rating: Easy to moderate

Duration: 3 hours


Wednesday 5th: Żonqor to San Anard

Walking along the coast to Xgħajra, then climbing up to San Anard through some interesting trails.

Meeting point: Żonqor Point by Dive Centre

Starting time: 14:00

Rating: Moderate with steep inclines and rough terrain

Duration: Approximately 3 hours


Sunday 9th: Tal-Ħandaq and Wied il-Kbir

We will walk through the tal-Ħandaq and Għarram areas, on to the Siġġiewi road, then to Wied Qirda, and along Wied il-Kbir. Scenic valley views including Qabar tal-Ingliza and Għar Hanzir. Towards the end we pass by a pretty typical country niche on to Ħandaq School.

Meeting point: St Ignatius College Handaq Secondary School

Starting time: 9:00

Rating: Easy to moderate in valley

Duration: 3 hours


Saturday 15th:  Comino

This will be our annual trek to Comino. It is a restricted walk because of limited passengers on the ferry boats. You need to book for this walk by emailing events@ramblersmalta.org by the 10th October.

Meeting point: Marfa Quay (opposite Labranda Riviera Hotel)

Starting time: 08:00 to catch boat at 8:30

Rating: A moderate to hard walk on rough terrain.

Boat fare: €10 to be paid on the day

Duration: About 5 hours (we will return to Marfa early afternoon)


Sunday 23rd: Siġġiewi and its surrounding countryside

This walk will take us along the surrounding countryside of Siġġiewi and will include the Fawwara and Girgenti Heights.

Meeting point: Limestone Heritage

Starting time: 09:00

Rating: Moderate but will include one long steep uphill

Duration: around 3 hours


Sunday 30th: Qammiegħ

This walk is in the Qammiegħ area, in the western part of the fishtail.  We will walk close to the sea in the Rdum il-Qammiegħ part.

Meeting point: The small car park at the north side of Għadira Bay, on the left side of the road, close to the green “shanty town”.  There is a Foresta 2000 brown sign at the meeting point.  A much larger car park is available on the other side of the road (near the Mellieha Bay Hotel). 

Starting time: 09:00

Rating: Moderate, with some steep inclines on rough ground.

Duration: 2.5 hours

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