Keeping fit: Members of Ballarat Bushwalking and Outdoor Club have been walking alone or in groups of two while they can’t all gather. Photo: FILE

Back on track together

May 14, 2020 BY

AS a friendly and active social group, it’s been difficult under recent coronavirus restrictions for Ballarat Bushwalking and Outdoor Club to get out and do what they enjoy.

With many members over fifty, president Wendy Ross said some have been walking individually, or in pairs around their neighbourhood, but they’ve missed getting together in their usual way.

Now restrictions are loosening, the group’s preparing for some local walks together.

“We have to reduce them to no more than 10 people, and that will be the case for the next three weeks or so. Then hopefully we will be allowed to increase to 20 people, which will allow us to function much better as a club,” she said.

“We normally walk every Tuesday, some Wednesdays and most weekends, and hope to get back to monthly meetings come July. We have a really vibrant club with a full calendar.”

Upcoming local walks may include Mount Buninyong, Union Jack Reserve, and the The Gong via the Yarrowee Trail. Eventually they’ll be extended to Creswick and beyond.

“Restrictions have been hard, but we’d rather do this and stay safe,” Ms Ross said.

“Most of us are heading into that senior age bracket, so we’re aware of looking out for each other, which we will continue to do.”

Tuesday walks can attract between 40 and 50 people, but typically weekends have a little over 20 participants.

There may be a walk this Sunday, weather permitting, with new members welcome. Contact Wendy Ross on 0408 170 410.