"Wednesday's U3A Easy Walks tackled a 9km walk along the Dookie Rail Trail, detouring to explore the grounds of The stately Chateau and then returning via a gravel road passing the grand old Catholic Church. Lunch was enjoyed in the Dookie Park. Thanks Helen and Glenys for organising this outing."
From Bev Thornell's post on U3A's Facebook Page, June 11 2021. Thanks, Bev.
‘A day out of the box’ greeted 13 walkers who travelled to the township of Dookie on July 15th to walk the 4 km rail trail walk from the township towards Katandra. The beautiful sunny day highlighted the healthy crops, the pretty township and it’s historic church on the hill.
Two separate groups followed the trail with its explanatory sign boards.
The first group completed 3.5 kms of the trail, then returned via Saddleback Road which allowed closer viewing of St Mary’s Church on the hill behind the town.
Photographs: Andi Stevenson, Wendy Sturgess
The second group (or 'Gentle Amblers') completed a shorter stage of the trail, then returned back the way they had come.
Each group then had a leisurely lunch in the large picnic area in the centre of the town. This park features a tall clock with interesting history and one of Shepparton’s Mooving Art cows. Nearby is the Remembrance Day tree.
Dookie sits nicely between Mt Saddleback and Mt Major both of which provide more walking trails. Some people visited the nearby shop and the metal works business before everyone headed home after a very pleasant and enjoyable day.”
Photographs: Meg Dillon, Fujii Kyohei, Andi Stevenson, Wendy Sturgess, Marg Walshe
"It is wonderful to have so many people contributing to these walks by taking photos, offering to take small groups and assisting in so many ways ... a team effort." Marg Walshe
Easy Walks are aimed at maintaining fitness by introducing people to bushwalking and giving previous bushwalkers the opportunity to continue bushwalking on shorter, easier and well defined tracks. Walks will
be approximately 5 - 7 kms without a lot of climbing, usually within an hour’s drive of Benalla. Participants will require sturdy shoes & be able to carry a backpack containing snack, lunch, adequate water, water-proof jacket, and personal items. Members are asked to notify walk leaders of
attendance at least 3 days prior to the walk to enable carpooling,travel costs, and other arrangements.
1st Wednesday - 9:00/10:00 start - All Day - from March
Easy Walks are held on the first Wednesday of the month recommenc-ing in March 2021 and leave from the carpark behind the Seniors Complex (U3A), Fawckner Drive, Benalla. Meeting times are usually around 9-10am depending on the season and weather conditions or as deter-mined by the walk leader. Check the monthly U3A Newsletter and confirm any details with the walk leader.
Convenors and contact details
Julie McNeill 0407 832 031 and Glen Chessells 0437 201 077
Thank you so much to retiring group leaders Wendy Sturgess and Margaret Walshe for convening Easy Walks for the past two years!
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