Mid North Branch of the Friends of Heysen Trail season commences

Fire at Koonoona - a reason to have a phone with suitable reception when on walks.

Fire at Koonoona - a reason to have a phone with suitable reception when on walks.

Mid North Branch of the Friends of Heysen Trail 2018 walking season has commenced.

A program has been drawn up – which presents a range of walks of varying distances and difficulty over very diverse habitat areas – and en exciting year ahead is planned.

The walks will be guided by a nominated leader for the day, and will be held at least once a month during the season.

Providing you are fit to walk the nominated distance, you are welcome to participate – accommodations can be made for less-abled walkers to join in. 

All intending walkers for a particular walk need to nominate their intention by logging in on the facebook.com (Mid North branch, Friends of Heysen Trail) site, then contact the listed leader for further details and meeting point. 

The leader will go through a travel checklist and risk assessment, so each walker is clear on what to expect and potential hazards including ground conditions, bites and stings, walking on public roads and private property, expected weather conditions, length of walk and duration, maps, evacuation plan and personal equipment required for the day.

Walks have been scheduled mostly for Sundays only.

The crossing of Heysen and Lavender trails provides walkers with a great diversity of options which cross the state from N-S, W-E.

Once you gain some experience and fitness, there is opportunity to join an end to end group and cover the Heysen Trail to walk the entire 1200km length.

Fastest finished is not the general rule – one persistent walker completed the journey taking 38 years and two months.

The programmed walks may interest you, so mark them into your diary, then watch the Facebook site for upcoming information. Minburra C.P. and Paradise C.P. are well worth exploration.

May 27: Tom Yeatman, 0419 831 027. Riesling Trail heading north from Clare

June 17: Sally Fieldhouse, 0427 342 442. Spalding aqueduct via Never-Never Ck

July 15: Justin & Libby Brady, 0428 149 142. Lavender Trail south from Mintaro

August 19: Leonie Moore, Spring Gully

September 23: Hugh Greenhill, 0437 425 495. Minburra C.P.

October 14: Vic Breeding, 0488 922 401. Paradise C.P.

November 18: Kate Greenhill, 0407 181 877. Burra North & Hampton: dinner at the Bon Accord Hotel for break-up.

Dates to be determined, dependent on rising moon & weather:

Garry Fieldhouse, 0428 347 315. Moonlight walk: location to be determined.

Sally Fieldhouse, 0427 342 442. Camels Hump Range north of old Adelaide Rd.

Expect the unexpected, and regularly check the cfs.org.au website for updated information in the area you intend traversing if walking without any guide.

For more information on the Lavender Trail, see the website www.lavenderfederationtrail.org or the Heysen Trail at www.heysentrail.asn.au