The Y's Blockhouse Bay Walking Group
If you’ve driven through Blockhouse Bay on any given Monday or Wednesday morning around 8.30am, you must have seen us... the army of fit looking grey-haired walkers pounding the streets. We are the Y’s Walkers.
The walking group, started by Norma Peggs, Betty McKay and Pat Walden 30 years ago is still going strong and welcomes new members to join us. Age is not a barrier - we have walkers in their eighties still going strong. And at $15 a year it’s probably the cheapest workout you will find!
The group has 25 walks done in rotation, so they differ each day. The walks take 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 also three walking levels to cater for everyone; The short group walks for up to 30 minutes, the medium group walks for about 1 hour, and the long group walks for 1½ to 2 hours. Each group ends up back in the Bay where some then meet at the Café for more socialising.
A big favourite is our monthly away walks where we board the bus at 8.30am and head off to other locations. These are mainly half day trips at $15 (back by 12.30) with the odd full day trip at $25. It gives us a chance to see changes happening around us from the higher viewing bus seat and the chance to walk places some of us have never been to before - and the supplied morning tea is always a hit.
A lot of the club members have been living in the Bay for years and are active in many other groups including Historical Society, Probus, gardening, and bowling clubs etc. and 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 here and want to make new friends, come and join us.
No dogs or pushchairs please, and be prepared to get wet; we walk rain, hail or shine!
Ces Gussey ph: 837-5441 or
Pieter de Veld ph 626-3381