In late July fourteen Ramblers met at the city Bus Exchange on a bitterly cold morning to walk some of the central city laneways. For many, getting there was a novel journey travelling by bus into the city – a new experience. Leaving the Bus Exchange we walked along Tuam St to Manchester St making our way to the walkway behind Environment Canterbury to Mata Lane and back out to Tuam St. Heading towards Colombo St to re-join the walkway at what was known as Mollet St past Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery School and onto Durham St. From here to Tuam St again, onto Lava Lane and Greenway Lane to Montreal St from there to the Memorial Wall walk to the Riverside Market to weave through walk ways to emerge into Cashel Mall.
Through Shades Lane in the new BNZ Centre to a lane exiting on Colombo St. Crossing over to the ANZ Centre to walk along part of High St to re-join lanes off Cashel St to Market Lane and Lichfield St opposite to Bus Exchange. As everyone was feeling cold, Ballantynes was chosen for a much needed warm drink and to thaw out. Many want to Ramble this route again in warmer weather.
August’s first Ramble was in Hoon Hay in an area developed in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Twenty two met at Hoon Hay Park in Mathers Road on a clear morning after a 4.2 degree frost. We crossed over to Victors Rd, out to and along Sparks Rd to Gainsborough St onto and across Gainsborough Reserve to Samual St and onto Wyn St. From Wyn St onto Downing St to a walkway through to Cedars St, around to Mathers Rd and back to the cars. Today’s drink stop was at ‘The Waiting Room’ in Lincoln Road where the camaraderie continued.
September sees the Ramblers exploring Spring in the City and Riccarton Bush. New ramblers welcome! Free