PRACTICE WALKS

L2L Ladies Walk hosts 6 practice walks from September to February of each year in and around Hermanus, Western Cape. These practice walks take place on Saturday mornings once a month, where all registered walkers and any walking enthusiasts are encouraged to come along and stretch those legs. Each walk takes place in a different area of the beautiful Overberg coastal region and the walks are planned to expose the walkers to different types of terrain and all kinds of weather.

What to wear and pack for a practice walk?

Each walker needs to wear comfortable active wear with a light-weight all-weather jacket for wet / windy / cold conditions. Your shoes need to be walked-in training shoes, with a sturdy sole to protect your feet against hard pebbles and shale. The training shoes should not be too tight, to accommodate sweat absorbent seamless socks. This prevents blisters from forming. Be aware that training/hiking shoes with mesh uppers tend to let sand in which creates friction between the shoe and sock. This can lead to irritation of the skin and blisters. It is recommended to wear gaiters around the ankles to prevent sand from getting into the shoe.

Sun protection is essential, as the southern Cape weather can be very unpredictable, turning from early morning mist to sweltering hot sun in a matter of hours. Sun screen, a sun hat and re-applying the high factor sun screen throughout the walk is necessary to prevent sun burn and heat exhaustion.

Each walker should carry a daypack, a comfortable size carry bag which can accommodate the following:

  • 3 litres of drinking water (bottles or water bladder)
  • Energy snacks and a light lunch
  • A light sharong/ wrap to sit on during breaks
  • First Aid essentials such as plasters, anti-septic cream, re-hydrate tablets and personal medication
  • Wet wipes / tissues

Transport to the various areas and starting points is organised the week before each walk, with L2L Ladies Walk team leaders co-ordinating car pools and logistics for each walk.

The starting times for each practice walk will also be communicated via L2L Ladies Walk team leaders and put on the L2L Walk Facebook page a week before each walk.

15 September 2019

  • Route: Gateway Shopping Centre – Rotary way – Fernkloof Reserve – Grotto Beach – Hermanus coastal path – Gateway Shopping Centre
  • Distance 22km
  • Time: 6-7 hours
  • Terrain: Fynbos bush track
  • Rest stops: Fernkloof Nature Reserve & Grotto Beach
  • Meeting point & Time: 7h30 @ The Beanery Coffee Shop at Gateway Shopping Centre, Hermanus

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 October 2019

  • Route : Kleinmond harbour- coastal path- beach to Bot River lagoon mouth- back to Kleinmond harbour
  • Distance: 15km
  • Time: 5 hours
  • Terrain: Coastal fynbos path, beach sand
  • Rest stops: Kleinmond Beach restroom facilities
  • Meeting point & Time: Parking lot at Kleinmond harbour complex, Kleinmond, 7h30
  • Ladies (&Gents) travelling from Hermanus may want to share transport, meeting at OK MiniMark Carpark in Onrus (Cnr Main & Vermont Road, Onrus River) 6h30, to leave at 6h45 for Kleinmond

*Please note the tide table has been taken into consideration to set the date for this walk , Low tide is at: 8h52

 

 

 

 

 

 

17 November 2019

  • Route: Denys Heesom coastal trail starting point in Otter street, Betty’s Bay – Dawid’s Kraal bay beach – coastal path around Stony Point – Silversands Bay – Sea Farm Private Nature reserve- back to Denys Heesom trail point
  • Distance: 22km
  • Time: 7 hours
  • Terrain: Fynbos trail path, sandy beach, rocky footpaths, soft sand dunes
  • Rest stops: Betty’s Bay main beach
  • Meeting point: parking lot in Otter street, near starting point of Denys Heesom coastal trail @l 8h00

*Please note that the tide table has been taken into consideration to determine the date of this walk

 

 

 

 

8 December 2019

  • Route: Grotto beach to Sopie’s Klip and back (in Walker Bay)
  • Distance: 12km
  • Time: 3 hours
  • Terrain: Hard, wet sand at low tide
  • Rest stops: On beach at Sopie’s Klip
  • Meeting Point: Parking lot at Grotto beach next to main building rest rooms

*Please note that the tide table has been taken into consideration to determine the date of the walk

 

 

 

 

19 January 2020

  • Route: Hemel & Aarde Valley (circular route)
  • Distance: 21km
  • Time: 6 hours
  • Terrain: mountain bike fynbos trail routes
  • Rest stops: Plaaskombuis farm stall
  • Meeting point and time : 7am @ Sumaridge Wine Estate

 

 

 

 

29 February 2020

The Official L2L Practice Walk

This is the final practice walk for all registered walkers before the official Walk in March 2018. 

  • Route: De Kelders, Cape Nature Reserve, along Walker Bay beach to Grotto Beach, Hermanus
  • Distance: 20 km
  • Time: 5-6 hours
  • Terrain: Gravel path, sandy beach
  • Rest stops: Sopie’s Klip
  • Meeting point: Grotto beach (to register) and then car pooling transport to De Kelders

*Please note that the tide table has been taken into consideration to determine the date of this walk

The Official Practice Walk is hosted as a fundraising opportunity for the Runner-up charity, as voted for by all the registered walkers. A fixed amount from each L2L Walker will be donated (included in their Entry fee ) towards this runner-up charity’s fundraiser.

All members of the community, keen walkers and businesses are encouraged to register and participate at a minimal fee (donated towards the charity). It is a day to make a difference and walk along a pristine part of our beautiful landscape.

 

 

 

 

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