Healthy Walking

Frequency: : Every Tuesday and Thursday from September to June, starting at 0900 hrs in the summer and 1000 hrs in the winter.

Group Leader: Brian Cummins

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The Healthy Walking Group have walks every Tuesday and Thursday from mid – September to mid -June, with a break for Christmas/New Year. Apart from healthy exercise, members see views of local areas they would never see from their cars!

Our walks are not ‘a stroll’ but at a good pace. We have leaders (front and rear) with high viz vests who ensure the safety of faster and slower walkers.

Each walk takes between one to one and a half hours, starting at 9 am in summer and 10 am in winter. Walkers need to arrive 5/10 minutes before the start time to sign in. Walking shoes or trainers are essential (no sandals). We welcome walkers with dogs, but on a short lead walking at the back of the group.

The walk programme and walk descriptions are available on the website. You need to decide if a walk is suitable for your capabilities – distance, walking surface and steepness of terrain.

If all this sounds too daunting, do not worry! We are a friendly group and those who wish assemble in a local bar after each walk.

As stated in the panel below, you MUST register with the Group Leader before your first walk.

Healthy Walking Group Recent Walks

All planned walks are checked a few days before they take place. Roads may be closed, gates locked or paths become unsuitable.

The lovely walk round the hill above Lliber was considered too unstable for walkers to walk safely so the first February walk was changed to what is called β€˜The Zoo Walk’ which passes what once was a private zoo although few animals remain. 35 walkers enjoyed that.

The next walk was an easy but picturesque walk up to Senija from Benissa. There the group was able to admire more murals on the house walls. These were begun in 2017 to hopefully attract visitors. It is well worth a walk round the cute streets to view the murals. 27 did this walk.

A favourite walk is the β€˜Parcent North West Loop’ where we used to be able to enjoy amazing almond blossom but disease has devastated the trees. 33 did this walk.

At the end of February a new walk was introduced. It was thought that perhaps it was too far to travel but 32 turned up on Tuesday and 24 on Thursday. This starts at La Sella Golf Club by the Marriott Hotel beyond Jesus Pobre. It is varied through orange groves, a lot of rocky paths through woodland and past attractive houses and with lovely coastal views.

The Quarry walk is the steepest walk in the schedule but an intrepid 26 turned up at the beginning of March although not everyone managed to reach the top.

March walks averaged about 25. In April numbers increased for the lovely walk through the Gata Nature Reserve, the Cansalades/ Rafalets walk and Benissa southerly walk.

The start time was due to change at the beginning of May to 9am but as it was still cool a show of hands meant it remained at 10am much to the walkers delight!

From 1st May numbers were always about 35. As the start time changes to 9am walks are kept more local. There are several lovely woodland walks from Les Fonts, Tarraula, Rafalets and Pedrera.

For the last walks on 4th and 6th June from Benissa Pedrera Industrial Estate the temperatures suddenly rose and this walk has one very steep hill!

If you enjoy walking and good company, contact the Group Leader who will send you the walking schedule with all the information you need for the Autumn walks which begin mid September,

N M Cummins

Before going on your first walk with the group, you MUST register with the Healthy Walking Group giving your U3A membership number, email address and telephone number, either at a General Meeting or by contacting the Group Leader by email. This will ensure you understand more about the walking group, and that you receive emailed copies of the walk schedules and news of any walk alterations or cancellations.

Please remember: you walk at your own risk. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are capable of doing the walks that you undertake. Please read the terrain characteristics carefully to avoid spoiling your walk and that of your fellow walkers.

Healthy walking events schedule January to June 2024

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Walking Group Reports

Healthy Walking Group End of Season Dinner 22 May 2024

Healthy Walking Group End of Season Dinner 22 May 2024

The dinner was held at Javea Golf Club and the meal and service were excellent. With a fluctuating population it is difficult to choose a date which suits everyone and all but 2 Walk Leaders were able to be there. Group Leader Brian made a brief resume of the year. He thanked the Leaders for all their support whilst he is recovering from surgery and he threatened to be leading walks in September! Apart from leading two walks a week, Leaders have to check the walk a day or two …

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