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Walks October to December 2017

Members will be required to show their membership cards prior to

boarding the bus for a walk.

Saturday, 25th November 2017 Tal-Virtu Seminary - San Blas Chapel
Circular Walk:      No Transport Provided
Meeting Point:     In front of the Archbishop's Seminary at Tal-Virtu in Rabat
Meeting Time:     2.15pm
Walk Starts:        2.30pm
Bus(es):           From Valletta 53 goes to Rabat – Virtu Area.  50,51,52. Goes to Rabat too.

We park our cars in front of the Archbishop's Seminary at Tal-Virtu in Rabat. While waiting for the members to gather one can enjoy the lovely views from the belvedere and have a quick look at the sundial within the grounds of the seminary.

We start the walk in an easterly direction towards the domed chapel which used to be in a derelict state but has now been beautifully restored. We circle the perimeter wall of the chapel and walk down a steep hill towards San Blas chapel where we turn northwards towards the Caritas Drug Rehabilitation centre. After the break we continue walking amongst fields passing St James chapel and cross the route of the Malta Railway (1880-1931) in two places. We pass the start markers used for the horse and donkey races on Mnarja since the time of the grandmasters and walk up the steep hill back to Tal-Virtu with the ex-Verdala Hotel prominent on the horizon.

Wednesday, 6th December 2017- Bingemma
Circular Walk:         No Transport Provided
Meeting Point:        Centre of Bingemma Village
Meeting Time:         2.15pm.
Walk Starts:            2.30pm.
Bus(es):                  From Mellieha 101 goes to Mgarr.  No Bingemma route found.

We park in the center of the village.
After walking along minor roads and narrow tracks surrounded by cultivated fields we follow a footpath that takes us along the bottom of the Victoria Lines with beautiful views all the way round from Ras Il-Pellegrin, Gnejna Bay, Gozo  all the way to Maghtab !!! At our first opportunity we cross these lines of defense and walk back along the top towards Bingemma gap. If time permits we will have a quick look at the cart ruts and the cave under the chapel.

Saturday, 9th December 2017 Girgenti to Tal-Providenza Chapel
Transport provided
Meeting Point:        Independence Monument in Floriana
Meeting Time:        1.30pm.
Coach Leaves:       2.00pm. sharp

The coaches will take us to the Siggiewi-Dingli road, below Girgenti, where the Girgenti Valley and Wied il Luq meet at a crossroads.
We take the minor road in the direction of Laferla Cross and soon come to a small shrine of the Madonna Tal-Girgenti. Walking uphill we pass Sir Basil Spencer's old house and eventually onto the Dingli Cliffs road. Here we visit a Bronze Age settlement with a number of grain silos and enjoy lovely views of the cliffs from one of the highest points in the Maltese islands. We walk down a steep rough track to Il-Fawwars where we make a brief stop at the Annunciation Chapel to explore the spring below. With panoramic views towards Filfla we continue all the way to Tal-Providenza Chapel and our coaches.

Saturday, 23rd December 2017  -Armier - Marfa - Mellieha Bay Hotel
Circular Walk:    No Transport Provided
Meeting Point:   To get to the starting point of our walk pass the turning to the Mellieha Bay Hotel and at the top of the hill turn right. Park at the turning to Armier.
Meeting Time:    2.15pm.
Walk Starts:        2.30pm.
Bus(es):            From Valletta 49 goes to Armier.  Stop on Bus Stop  Xmajjar.

We walk down the long straight road towards Armier. When we reach the sea we walk southwards along the sea front passing the Ramla Tal-Qortin bay and onwards towards Marfa. At the Riviera Hotel we turn left (inland) and walk up the long road that takes us to the top of Marfa ridge. After crossing the main road we descend along a path that skirts the inland side of the Mellieha Bay Hotel and towards a small pretty bay. Here we turn northwards and follow the sea shore for some time. When we come to a red and white post we turn left (inland) and follow the wide track into the trees. Emerging onto the road we turn left and back to the cars.

Liability Disclaimer

The Society and its walk leaders and administrators, do not accept any liability for any loss or damage to property and/or death or bodily injury or illness sustained in the course of the organized walks/activities.  A walk or an event may be changed at the discretion of the Society at any time.

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