Up and Downers Bushwalking Club

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Saturday???: Watch this space! See President's message below. The July - Dec 2021 activities guide has been uploaded below. Please note that we have rescheduled the AGM for a Zoom meeting at 4:00 pm on Saturday 18 September. Dial in details will be provided by email a couple of days prior.
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Last Walk

Views of Pittwater from Woody Point at Lunch
WSI-ALLW-JBL = We Snuck In A Lovely Last Walk Just Before Lockdown!
Saturday 26th June: West Head: Loop walk Towlers Bay Track, Birnie Lookout
13 walkers enjoyed lovely weather today walking in heath country, down the Towlers Bay track on West Head. We stopped for great views of Pittwater from Birnie Lookout before descending down through wet sclerophyll to Lovett Bay.
Following the track west, we soon crossed the creek to head around the other side of Lovett, stopping for morning tea at the bottom of Elvina Falls. Not a lot of water falling today compared to the video that Val showed everyone from another walk. It was teaming down then.
Retracing our steps around the bay, we continued past Dorothea Mackellar’s house until we reached Woody Point with many tall gum trees running down the ridge. How peaceful Woody Point was with great views looking our over Pittwater and lots of racing yachts to entertain us whilst we enjoyed lunch and good company, sheltering from the W-SW winds.
After lunch we ascended the ridge with a short visit to the Pittwater YHA hostel. With 32 beds mostly in 4 bed rooms, a great entertaining area, great kitchen and million dollar views and the option of catering, this YHA might offer another great weekend for the club. You just have to carry your things up the steep hill from the ferry (the only negative)! https://www.yha.com.au/­hostels/­nsw/­sydney-surrounds/­pittwater/­
Climbing the ridge, we soon returned to the fire trail back to the cars. A lookout at the top gave us another view of Pittwater up close. Just before the end, we left the track to climb a short hill to our south. Fantast views all around from here and well worth the short climb.
Many thanks to all walkers for a great day before lockdown: Chris H, David, Val, Greg, Dawn, Pauline, Michael, Colleen, Alison, Janet, Loic & Jenny.
Regards, Peter.
Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/­SuCcj4pjt3zAFvLZA
Expansive views from the last hill before the finish

Walks program for July - Dec 2021 - Just released!

Well we can't walk together just now but we can plan for the future. The July - December 2021 activities guide has just been uploaded.

Please remember this is a guide only. Latest walks information are listed on this page in the week prior to the walk including any restrictions arising from Covid-19.

Easier options may be scheduled for harder walks depending on leader availbility that week. These options be listed on this page in the week prior to the walk.

We are always looking for new walk ideas. If you know a great walk, please sent it to Garry.

Activities Guide Activities_Guide__July_to_December_2021_(Issue_1).pdf

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Please check out the following guidance.
(7 September 2021)

Hi Everyone,
Currently in Sydney we have a lockdown and depending on your Local Government Area there are slightly different directions. Consequently our club activities be "on hold" until the restrictions are eased. Personally it is worth noting some of the NSW Health guidance:
1. We can take exercise.
2. We are limited to groups of 2 for outdoor settings.

Outdoor exercise is good for both our physical and mental health.

We will continue to watch the guidance and keep you informed and let's hope it is not too long before we can gather again.

Keep well and I look forward to seeing you on the track,

Upcoming Events

Some dates for your diaries.
Our weekend away at Abernathy House in the Hunter Valley has been booked for 6/7/8 August.
Our Christmas Party will again be held in Pavilion I in Fagan Park on Sunday; 12th December.
Dave C.

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