If you’ve driven through Blockhouse Bay on any given Monday or Wednesday morning around 8.30am, you must have seen them... the army of fit looking grey-haired walkers pounding the streets. They are the Y’s Walkers.
The walking group which has been going for three decades is still going strong and welcomes new members. Age is not a barrier, with walkers in their eighties and nineties still going strong.
There are 25 walks done in rotation, so they differ each day, taking you through parks and reserves, and around roads and alleyways most people never knew existed, some with breath-taking views out over the Manukau Harbour.
There are three walking levels to cater for everyone; the short group walks for up to 30 minutes, the medium group walks for about an hour, and the long group walks for 1½ to 2 hours. Each group ends up back in the Bay where some then meet at a café for more socialising.
A big favourite is their monthly away walks where they board a bus at 8.30am and head off to other locations, usually for a half day, offering the chance to walk places many have never been to before.
Many of the club members have been living in the area for years and are active in many other local groups – they know a lot about the area and have seen many changes. So, if you are newly retired, or your kids have just started school, or you have recently moved to the area and want to make new friends, they’d love to welcome you.
Contact Basil Williamson on 626-3230 or 027-306-9658, or Pieter de Veld on 626-3381 or 022-301-3623