Bushwalking River Caves on Newnes Plateau
Bushwalking
come out and enjoy the bush
programs   -   grades of walks   -   tread softly code   -   bushwalking forms
As the NSW Government allows Outdoor Groups/Activities of up to 20 people,
the Society is recommencing bushwalking activities on Monday 6 July.

Society bushwalks are subject to these COVID-19 conditions.

train Blue Mountains Train Timetable
The Society has bushwalks on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Membership of the Bushwalking Group is available to members of the Society; members need only pay the $20 bushwalking levy. see our BMCS Insurance FAQs

Our Bushwalking Convenor is Maurice Kerkham. Maurice can be contact on 4739 4942, or by email at mauricekerkham@hotmail.com

For more information, here's our Bushwalker's Guide and Bushwalk Leader's Handbook

facebook symbol Our bushwalkers also have their own Facebook

Bushwalking Programs

Before attending, phone the designated contact person or the Group Co-ordinator.

Changes to programs appear in red.

Saturday Walks

Saturday Walks are usually a full day, longer walk at a faster pace.
Bring morning tea, lunch and adequate water.

Co-ordinator: Harold Thompson
phone: 0409 010 737
email: harold.thompson@bigpond.com

Monday Walks

Monday Walks are 'Short Day' walks of 3 - 5 hours, suitable for walkers of average fitness. Bring morning tea and lunch and adequate water.

Co-ordinator: Keith Dorrian
phone: 0411 162 345
email: keithdor53@hotmail.com

Tuesday Walks
see note below

Tuesday walks are" Medium Day" walks of 3-5 hours suitable for walkers of average fitness. Bring morning tea & lunch plus adequate water.

Thursday Walks

Thursday Walks are walks of 2 - 3 hours conducted at a leisurely pace. Bring morning tea, adequate water and lunch if noted.

Co-ordinator: Beverley Thompson
phone: 4757 2076
email: denfenella12@bigpond.com

Please note that the meeting place for the Sassafras Ridge walk on Tuesday 29 September is Faulconbridge, not Blackheath as shown on page 12 of September Hut News.

Instead of meeting at the station (quite a few cars, and not much parking on the south side), we’ll meet and sign on at the Sir Henrys Parade / Martin Place corner. Turn off the highway at the Sir Henrys Parade (SHP) traffic lights (near the Shell servo), drive over the railway crossing and take the first turn right into SHP. Drive west past Faulconbridge station for 700 m to the Martin Place corner. (Keep to the right at street junctions!)

If anyone is coming by train please phone John Blanche (4742 4637) and he’ll try to arrange a Covid-safe seat in one of the cars.

The original plan was to drive as far as the Numantia ruins but SHP is currently closed to vehicles just past Binstead Street, so we’ll park the cars and start the walk from there. The length of the walk is now 9 km (not 11).

Long trousers and/or gaiters should be worn because the walk is off-track through scratchy scrub for about 200 m to get to the rock engravings.


Grades of Walks

Bushwalking

There aren't many flat walks in the Blue Mountains. We have inherited a superb network of walking tracks, but many of them are not maintained to a high standard.

On walks both in and outside the Blue Mountains there may be steep climbs and many steps and you may encounter hazards such as uneven, loose and slippery surfaces, creek crossings, and obstacles such as fallen trees and rocks.

Be prepared for sudden weather changes.

It is not easy to grade walks. What is easy for some is difficult for others. The following is a guide. The distance of the walk and the expected weather conditions need to also be considered by individual walkers.

Be aware of your own capabilities.

The grade of each walk is indicated on the Walks Program.

Grade 1.
Fairly flat walk on roads, fire trails and walking tracks.

Grade 2.
Fairly flat, but with some rough and/or steep sections, possibly some natural obstacles and some steps.

Grade 3.
May include rough/steep sections, many steps, a steep climb and descent, natural obstacles, some off track walking.

Grade 4.
May include more of the above, with a greater degree of difficulty.

Grade 5.
We occasionally arrange a walk considered most suited to experienced and very fit walkers. It is likely to include some or all of the following: rough/steep sections, steep climbs and descents, many steps, natural obstacles, off track walking.

Contact the leader or our Bushwalking Convenor before attending:


Tread Softly Code

The National Parks and Wildlife Service's "Tread Softly Code" has 10 points, which we as Conservationists should note and lead by example.

Bushwalking
  1. stay on the track.
  2. avoid walking on sensitive vegetation by staying on hard ground wherever possible and avoid easily eroded soils - delicate vegetation is easily damaged by tramping.
  3. don't walk around wet areas on the track - this just widens the bog area.
  4. keep group size small so that you won't have a significant impact on the environment.
  5. use fuel or gas stoves rather than wood fires, and always comply with fire bans.
  6. where there are no toilet facilities, bury human waste at least 100m away from watercourses at a depth of 15cm or take it with you if possible.
  7. leave the bush as you found it - don't pick flowers, or break tree limbs (even if you think the wood is dead, it provides an important habitat for many insects and other animals).
  8. take a look around before you leave lunch spots and camping areas to check that you haven't left any signs of your use.
  9. take all your rubbish with you, including organic waste such as apple cores and citrus peel.  Do the right thing and collect any other rubbish you see on the way.
  10. at the end of each trip, take a moment to think about ways you could lessen your 'footprint', even more on your next walk.
Bushwalking

Bushwalking Forms for Walks Leaders


© 2020  Blue Mountains Conservation Society Inc.
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land
– the Darug and Gundungurra people –
and pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.
website by Waratah Software