Thirty-seven keen walkers gathered, happy to be on the track with friends once more. We divided into two groups and set off from Day Rd, Cheltenham. Our first hurdle was a creek crossing and once successfully negotiated by Group 1, they stayed well ahead and were not seen again all day by Group 2. Covid restrictions were thus well observed!
We then continued uphill and with the “hardest” parts of the walk completed we walked on to Pennant Hills Park for morning tea with Group 1 eating at the archery centre, where an archer had just completed his practice and Group 2 spread out, watching some boys practising goal-kicking at the soccer field. With a police car parked there, all walkers were very mindful of their spacing
Ros briefing the gang
Crossing Byles Creek
The walk continued through the bush with a brief stop at “City Views Rocks”, only to find that the view of the city is currently somewhat impeded by the growth of trees. We proceeded downhill and with three crossings of the river (2 dry) and a brief glimpse of whale rock we arrived back at Day Rd where Group 1 had their lunch before some walkers departed to Beecroft hoping to find coffee in the lunchtime hour. Group 2 ate their lunch sitting on dry rocks not far from the end and were later entertained by noisy feeding by cockatoo/corella (?) parents feeding their young in a high nest hole.
Lunch back at the beginning of the walk
A happy and successful day ably supported by our tail-enders (Nick and Deidre) and two first-aid volunteers.
Walk Leaders: Lyn and Ros
Walkers: Nick, Chris B, Sue B, David C, Rhonda, Elaine, Robyn F, Anne G, Ros, Mary, Sue K, Lilian, Dawn, John M, Steve, Jan, Claude, Margaret, John P, Pat, Bella, Pete, David R, Deidre, Kevin, Rosemary, Lyn, Bill T, Don Wa, Don Wo.
Visitors: Judy, Vivienne, Pauline, Darrel
Report Text: Lyn
Photography: Deidre_1,4,13,15 Don_2,9,10,12,14 Lillian_3,5,6 Pete_7,8,11