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Walks in Malta

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​​​​​​Walks for 2024 - February to May

Wednesday, 6th March 2024

 Wied Is-Sewda & Mriehel

 

  •    Meeting Point :   We park our cars in front of "Alan Motors" or in Wied is-Sewda itself.

  •    Meeting Time  :   2.15pm.

  •    Walk Starts      :   2.30pm.

  •    Buses           :   50, 51, 52, 53, 56 from Valletta.  181, 182 from Mater Dei Hospital.  X3 from Airport.  Stop on Bus Stop Warda 2.   From Siggiewi or Rabat, take Bus 109.  Stop on Bus Stop Sewda.

 

We walk down Wied Is-Sewda for over one kilometer and if we are lucky it will be full of water.  At the junction with the Mriehel to Zebbug minor road we turn left towards Mriehel.  After walking a short distance along the bypass, we turn right onto a single file cement path that takes us in the direction of Qormi.  We continue along country lanes until we reach the chapel of "Santa Marija Tal-Blat" where we can have our break.  We now walk upstream along the valley and keeping Wied Is-Sewda on our left we continue all the way back to the Attard-Zebbug main road and back to our cars.

 

 

 Saturday, 9th March 2024

 Marsascala - Inspire - Zonqor Point

 

  o   Meeting Point :   We park our cars opposite Inspire (ex Razzett Tal-Hbiberija)
  o   Meeting Time  :   2.15pm.
  o   Walk Starts     :   2.30pm.
  o   Buses              :  92, 93 from Valletta, 204 from Mater Dei Hospital.  Stop on Bus Stop Bellavista.

We proceed straight up ahead into the Bella Vista estate.  We soon pass three stone crosses built into a small wall.  Tools as used at the crucifixion and other implements are carved onto the center cross.  We continue downhill to meet the old main road to Marsascala and take the track opposite going uphill.  After walking for some time on asphalted roads we turn right round the side of a chicken farm, just before a derelict country house with a large walled garden.  We turn left onto an uneven track that takes us downwards towards the sea.  With the sea on our left and enjoying the view, we follow the coastline until we meet the road at Zonqor Point.  Along the way, watch out for “the measured mile” and a number of coastal towers.  We continue along the road until we come to the children’s playground and back up the hill to Inspire.

 

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Luna Holiday Complex Weekend Break Walks Program

Anyone interested can come and join us on all walks

 

Friday, 15th March 2024

 

We meet in front of Luna Holiday Complex at 1.45pm.  At 2.00pm we walk towards the Mellieha Nature Reserve and go through it.  We walk beneath the Red Tower along a straight path.  We pass the Wastewater Treatment Plant and continue close to The Ghadira Nature Reserve. We emerge in front of the Ghadira Police Station and from there back to the Hotel.

 

Duration: 2 hours.  Rating: A mild walk with one uphill.  Good tracking shoes and walking sticks recommended.

 

Saturday, 16th March 2024

 

We meet in front of Luna Holiday Complex at 10.15am.  At 10.30am we pass close to The Mellieha Tunnara Museum. We continue along the bay with all the buildings on our right.  We continue walking on narrow paths, till we reach a derelict pillbox.  Ahead we reach Mgiebah Bay and go down to the sea shore.  Then we go up a steep clay slope and continue till we reach Fort Campbell.  We head towards Selmun Palace.  We cross the valley and walk towards Kortin Area.  At crossroads, we turn to the right and ahead pass a series of old Mgiebah. From there we go down a cemented track, cross a wide field and retrace our steps back to the Hotel.

 

Duration: 4.30 hours.  Rating: A long and quite a challenging walk.  Good tracking shoes and walking sticks highly recommended.

 

Sunday, 17th March 2024

 

We meet in front of Luna Holiday Complex at 10.45am.  At 11.00am. We walk in the direction of The Mellieha Holiday Centre .....

This is an easy mystery walk, where we relax on level paths between garigue .....  At some point we return to the Hotel passing the Ghadira Prominade.

   

Duration: 2 hours or a bit less.  Rating: An easy walk all the way.  Good tracking shoes and walking sticks recommended.

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Saturday, 23 March 2024

Bingemma Gap - Strickland Winery Area

 

o   Meeting Point :   We park our cars near the chapel at Bingemma Gap. 
o   Meeting Time :    2.15pm.
o   Walk Starts     :    2.30pm.
o   Buses              :    109 from near Domus Romana, Rabat. 44 & 238 from Valletta. 101 from Cirkewwa.

While waiting we can enjoy the lovely panoramic view and the Victoria Lines which are at their most majestic here.
We start the walk by walking downhill towards Mgarr but at the bottom of the hill, just before we reach the village of Bingemma, we turn right and walk up a gradual incline with lovely panoramic views of our left and the Victoria Lines on our right.  When we arrive near the ex-Strickland winery we turn left and walk in a south-westerly direction for a long way with fertile fields always in our view as we look towards Zebbiegh and Mgarr. Another left turn and we walk up another gradual incline all the way up to Bingemma chapel and our cars.
 

 

Wednesday, 3rd April 2024

 Mistra Valley - Selmum

 

  • Meeting Point  :    We park our cars close to Mistra Gate.

  • Meeting Time  :    2.15pm

  • Walk Starts      :    2.30pm

  • Buses               :   41, 42, 49 from Valletta, 221 from Bugibba, 222 from Sliema Ferry, 250 from Mater Dei.  Stop on Bus Stop Mistra.

 

From Mistra Gate we walk away from the sea keeping close to the valley bottom where we soon pass a Neolithic ‘village’ on our left and three banks of old stone beehives hewn out of the limestone on our right.  After some scrambling we come to the Mizieb road where we turn right and right again and start a long gentle climb.  We pass an unusual square “girna” on the right and soon see some red Pleistocene deposits that were formed after the island emerged from beneath the sea.  We take care to cross the busy Xemxija to Mellieha road, pass some catacombs on our left and continue towards Selmun Palace.  Here we take a steep track down into Mistra valley and walk back to our cars.

 

Saturday, 13th April 2024

Santa Katarina - Lunzjata Area

 

  • Meeting Point  :    We park our cars close to Bus Stop Lunzjata in Triq Santa Katarina, after turning from the main road Vjal il-Haddiem and go in the narrow Triq Santa Katarina.

  • Meeting Time  :    2.15pm

  • Walk Starts      :    2.30pm

  • Buses                :    53 from Valletta, 182 from Mater Dei.  Stop on Bus Stop Lunzjata.

 

We start the walk in a southerly direction passing Santa Katarina chapel and down the scenic "S" bend that takes us down into the valley.  We soon pass the "waterfall" at Wied Liemu and up the other side of the valley towards Misrah Suffara.  At the top we turn right and regroup near Hofret Ir-Rizz where we can observe this natural depression in the landscape.  Soon we find ourselves walking along the ridge looking down on Wied Ir-Rum towards the sea.  The break is at Ghar Zerrieha where we find a cistern (probably Roman), a number of cart ruts including a pair going over the cliff, a Roman quarry and a little hamlet in the cliffs overlooking the Mtahleb basin.  Walking inland we eventually cross Wied Liemu and up onto the Lunzjata ridge where we soon pass the Calmelite Convent with its truncated chapel and onwards to our cars.

 

 

Saturday, 27th April 2024

Wied Is-Sewda & Mriehel

 

  •    Meeting Point :   We park our cars in front of "Alan Motors" or in Wied is-Sewda itself.

  •    Meeting Time  :   2.15pm.

  •    Walk Starts      :   2.30pm.

  •    Buses              :   50, 51, 52, 53, 56 from Valletta.  181, 182 from Mater Dei Hospital.  X3 from Airport.  Stop on Bus Stop Warda 2.   From Siggiewi or Rabat, take Bus 109.  Stop on Bus Stop Sewda.

 

We walk down Wied Is-Sewda for over one kilometer and if we are lucky it will be full of water.  At the junction with the Mriehel to Zebbug minor road we turn left towards Mriehel.  After walking a short distance along the bypass, we turn right onto a single file cement path that takes us in the direction of Qormi.  We continue along country lanes until we reach the chapel of "Santa Marija Tal-Blat" where we can have our break.  We now walk upstream along the valley and keeping Wied Is-Sewda on our left we continue all the way back to the Attard-Zebbug main road and back to our cars.

 

Wednesday, 1st May 2024

 Kuncizzjoni – Fomm Ir-Rih - Ras Il-Pellegrin

 

  •    Meeting Point :   We park our cars near the Kuncizzjoni Church.

  •    Meeting Time  :   2.15pm.

  •    Walk Starts      :   2.30pm.

  •    Buses           :   109A stops on bus stop Wied Gerzuma, near Kuncizzjoni Church.  Time: every 2 hours.  Not clear from where to board this bus. One has to check with Transport Malta 21222203.

 

While we are waiting for the walk to start we can observe some interesting graffiti of sailing ships on the RHS of the façade.  We walk away from the church towards the Sylvia King memorial where we turn left along the Victoria Lines.  Here we have one of the most beautiful panoramic views in the Maltese islands.  We climb down some steps and continue down a fairly steep clay slope towards FommIr-Rih where we can enjoy the cliffs views.  We cut across to the northern side of Ras Il-Pellegrin for a break overlooking the scenic Gnejna Bay area below.  From here we continue in an anti-clockwise direction on rough garrigue following the cliff edge at a safe distance all round the plateau.  We retrace our steps past the reservoirs, up the clay slope to the Victoria Lines and back to our cars near the church.

 

Saturday, 11th May  2024

Mtahleb Basin (East)

 

  •    Meeting Point :   We park our cars near the hostel in the vicinity of Mtahleb Church.

  •    Meeting Time  :   2.15pm.

  •    Walk Starts      :   2.30pm.

  •    Buses                 :   Apparently no buses pass near Mtahleb Church.  A lift with somebody is needed.

 

We start the walk by going past the chapel and soon start the long way down towards the sea enjoying beautiful scenery all the way.  We pass the large uncovered water reservoir and continue all the way down to the cliff edge where we turn left (facing Dingli Cliffs).  We walk along the cliffs edge all the way around "Il-Qaws" (The Bow or Arch) towards Dawwara Point where we have our break. The caves in the cliffs below us were used in March 1942 by Carmelo Borg Pisani, the Maltese/Italian spy who was later caught and sentenced to death. We continue to Dawwara Point to better view the magnificent cliffs, running east and west.  Here we turn inland and soon start the long climb up to the top along country tracks through the peaceful surroundings and sparse dwellings.  Eventually we pass through the quite unique Mtahleb village complete with some troglodyte dwellings.

 

Saturday, 25th May 2024

 Mistra Valley - Selmum

 

  • Meeting Point  :    We park our cars close to Mistra Gate.

  • Meeting Time  :    2.15pm

  • Walk Starts      :    2.30pm

  • Buses               :   41, 42, 49 from Valletta, 221 from Bugibba, 222 from Sliema Ferry, 250 from Mater Dei.  Stop on Bus Stop Mistra.

 

From Mistra Gate we walk away from the sea keeping close to the valley bottom where we soon pass a Neolithic ‘village’ on our left and three banks of old stone beehives hewn out of the limestone on our right.  After some scrambling we come to the Mizieb road where we turn right and right again and start a long gentle climb.  We pass an unusual square “girna” on the right and soon see some red Pleistocene deposits that were formed after the island emerged from beneath the sea.  We take care to cross the busy Xemxija to Mellieha road, pass some catacombs on our left and continue towards Selmun Palace.  Here we take a steep track down into Mistra valley and walk back to our cars.

 

Advice For Walkers

                                                                     

This section provides advice for anyone taking part in a walk organised by the Malta Geographical Society.

Most walks involve using paths around and occasionally across fields; they can be uneven and muddy. In spring and summer you may have to cope with vegetation on and next to the paths.

Our walks are led by experienced walk leaders.

Here there is advice on clothing, what to bring on walks and good practice for group walks.


       All walkers

 

  • Note that walks start at the time given on the walk program. Anyone who wants to join the walk after it has started or who decides to leave before it has finished should make sure the leader knows.

    Parking

  • The Society  encourages car sharing to get to walks – partly to reduce our carbon footprint and partly to ensure we all can park.


      Clothing/Footwear  

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  • Anyone coming on a Society walk should be suitably clothed. A list of essential items includes:

  • a pair of walking boots or shoes,also a spare pair of shoes in the car

  • a waterproof jacket, outdoor trousers; a hat of some sort depending on the weather, something to eat and drink. Water is important to keep you hydrated.

  • A walking pole is useful and a whistle for emergencies and for wet weather a pair of over trousers.

  • Something to sit on to protect against the damp and the cold is important.

  • Some may wish to bring a first aid-kit, a change of clothing and sun-glasses and sun cream. 
     

      Food and drink

  • Bring food and drink  for the refreshment breaks. 

 

      Accidents/incidents

  • Alert the walk leader immediately if you feel unwell or need medical attention.

In the event of an incident/accident occurring report it to the Secretary or Chairman as soon as possible after the walk.

•    Leaders do carry First Aid kits and have basic First Aid training.

    On the walk

     The walk coordinator is in charge and responsible for ensuring the safety of the group and follow all instructions when directed. Do not move ahead of the walk coordinator.


     It is important that we all play a part in keeping walkers in touch on a walk. If you need to go into the bushes please tell someone so that they can tell the leader. Please let someone know if you are stopping – for whatever reason. Be aware of the walkers behind you at path junctions and ensure they have seen you turn off onto a sometimes hidden path.

     We ask all walkers to respect protected plants and vegetation and to leave no trace of food/fruit as it will take months to decompose. Take any rubbish that you have accumulated on the walk home with you.


    Particular care should be taken when walking along a road without a pavement. You are advised to walk single file and face the oncoming traffic unless blind bends make this dangerous. Please take care when crossing a road and when walking on quiet, narrow lanes and try to keep to one side, normally the right hand side.


    When using gates make sure that any gate is left as found, and not left open when it should be closed. When walking across a field and through crops keep as close as you can to any obvious route but sometimes the leader has to rely on a map to guide the way. Please walk in single file where the pathway is narrow and keep together and walk briskly when using the public footpaths which go through private gardens close to houses.

    A farmer/land manager may have posted notices with instructions for walkers; look out for these. Similarly there may be notices from local councils saying that a path is obstructed for some reason and advising an alternative route.

Disclaimer

The Society, it's walks coordinators and administrators do not accept any liability for any loss or damage to property and/or death, bodily injury or illness sustained during the organised walks and activities.

By attending members and guests acknowledge that this will be at their own risk.
 
A walk or event maybe changed/cancelled at the discretion of the Society at any time.

 

 

 

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