Hill View Bushwalkers has Friday walks from mid-February to mid-November. HVB began in a small way in the early 1970s, growing gradually and retaining a quite informal structure. The spirit of friendship and care that was nurtured in those early years has been maintained, and it is rewarding to be associated with this group.
We are an incorporated group affiliated with Bushwalking NSW. We have walks at three levels of activity led by members who volunteer to lead walks that appeal to them.
The Plus walking group usually has a walk ranging from 14 to 20 kilometres, with substantial ascents and descents though the distance may be less in difficult terrain.
The Regular walking group will usually walk between 8 and 13 kilometres, with less vigorous climbs.
A third group, the EZY walking group, is for those who now find the first two types of walk a bit difficult and wish to walk at a slower pace, with walks of up to 8 kilometres. These walks are currently held fortnightly.
We tend to have a fairly mature membership that includes many part-time workers and retired people.
A weekend away is occasionally arranged to a place where there is low-cost accommodation and good day walks, such as the Snowy Mountains or NSW South Coast.
Members have two six-month programs each year, providing a weekly walk from mid February until mid November.
Development of each program starts with a subcommittee preparing a list of proposed walks. This is then circulated to members, who indicate which walks they are prepared to lead (two leaders to each walk). When all the gaps are filled the program is finalised and published. Walks are all within reach of a one day trip from the meeting point in Turramurra, enabling us to walk in the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast and Royal National Park areas as well as in Sydney.
The number of participants is not limited (unless by COVID restrictions) and leaders make arrangements to ensure all walkers are included.
Every walk has two First Aiders nominated. First Aid training is encouraged by a substantial subsidy towards the cost.
The leaders walk the track shortly before leading a group in order to ensure the conditions are suitable.
If the advertised walk needs to be modified, or leaders judge that participants need more information, then a WALKS ADVISORY is issued.
We usually drive with car pooling, but where possible we use public transport.
We are COVID safe. Our program and procedure is modified in response to COVID restrictions as appropriate.
Take a walk with HVB
Before Setting Off
Briefing on a wet day - Regular Walk - 8 Sept 2023, Helen A Grand Concourse - EZY Walk 4 Aug 2023, Helen A
On the Track
Paths and bridges - EZY Walk, 29 Sept 2023, Drina Fine or wet weather - Regular Walk, 8 Sept 2023, Helen A
A Nice Spot for Morning Tea and Lunch is Desirable
Morning tea - EZY Walk, 29 Sept 2023, Drina Lunch with view to Dangar Island - Plus Walk 15 Sept 2023, Hazel
Some Good Views are a Bonus
Interesting sculpture - EZY Walk, 29 Sept 2023, Drina View to Apple Tree Bay - Plus Walk - 22 Sept 2023, Peter T
Sometimes a Challenge
Long way up - Regular Walk, 29 Sept 2023, David S Rock scramble - Plus Walk, 29 Sept 2023, Nick S
Visiting Places of Interest
Pindars Cave - Plus Walk - 15 Sept 2023, Hazel Rock carvings - Plus Walk -15 Sept 2023, Peter T
Endeavour replica - EZY Walk, 4 Aug 2023, Helen A Fairy Falls - Plus Walk 18 Aug 2023, Peter T
Lots of flowers and beauty on the way
Plus Walk - 15 Sept 2023, Hazel