This was a 6.5Km Easy walk from the Melba Shed Car park in Melba, Canberra, south west to Umbagong District Park in Latham to the Stepping Stones over Ginninderra Ck, then to have coffee at Latham Shops, then returning through Latham Playing Fields and a bit of Florey to Melba. This was Melba Shed walk No 266 of 3rd Feb 2022.
Featured image – The Stepping Stones
I led this walk with 4 of us having met at the Shed. It was planned as a social walk thus we didn’t have a definitive planned route nor a time schedule, except to keep it local and finish well before lunch which we achieved easily.
From around 8.00AM we decided to walk to Latham via Umbagong Park. We walked along the path adjacent to Ginninderra Drive, then turned south crossing bridges over Ginninderra Ck & a path under Ginninderra Drive.
Then we went along the path adjacent to Ginninderra Ck in Latham. We then took the first bridge across Ginninderra Ck but went instead higher up over grasslands until reaching a bitumen path that took us back down to wooden bridges. It appeared that signs & fencing on the bridges had been ripped off although signs said the bridges were condemned & unsafe. We did use one bridge before reaching the Stepping Stones which we crossed & then decided to head up east & try out the Latham coffee shop. We reached there OK & had coffee & milk shakes courtesy of Drew. Dumbo Greg had left his wallet at home.
After the break we headed across the Latham playing fields & then along Stretton Cres & then taking a lane to Kingsford Smith Drive. We crossed it & entered Florey alongside Krefft St, then dropping down to pick up the cycleway north to the underpass under Ginninderra Drive & then following the previous walk’s route back to the Shed, reaching there around 10.30AM.
This was an Easy Walk of 6.5Km taking 2hrs 22mins.
Walkers: Bob Salmond, Drew McDonald, Harry Angel, Greg Hutchison
Notes re Map: GPS Map View provided using Garmin Basecamp on an Open Street Maps (OSM) base | The area of the walk is covered by the NSW 1:25,000 topo map CANBERRA