Lovely walks during Canberra’s colder seasons
I love walking around Canberra; well anywhere really but because I live here in Canberra it’s nice to find new walks for both me and my dogs. The other day I happened to be driving in a nearby suburb called Watson (named after our third Prime Minister) and came across a great parkland where in parts dogs are allowed off-lead. I drove straight home, picked up the dogs and returned. Watson Woodlands is actually eighteen hectares but there is a cleared parkland contained on one side of the road with lovely ponds, ducks, walkways and beautiful Eucalyptus trees scattered around.This area of the parkland has two walkways one out in the open with a well worn pathway and the other underneath a canopy of trees. I love both walks but most people with dogs walk along the well worn path so I usually walk this way as it’s nice for my dogs to see and play with the other dogs. The walk takes about twenty-five minutes one way then you turn around and walk back; simple!
Another of my other favourite walks is the reasonably lengthy circular walk around Lake Ginninderra. It takes about an hour and twenty minutes at a normal walking pace and my smaller dog Axel and I do the walk when we can.The approximate seven-kilometre walk is reasonably flat and paved the whole way. There is a variety of birdlife; swans, ducks and waterbirds and bbq areas, a large and small enclosed dog park and a lovely running stream which flows into the lake. I love this walk as the trees are beautiful and it’s wonderful to see so many people out and about walking/playing or having picnics.And the final walk I want to mention today is a forty-five minute walk around Yerribi Ponds which is about a fifteen minute drive from my home. Similar to Lake Ginninderra, Yerribi Ponds has a paved pathway around the whole of the lake making walking and bike riding very easy. It’s another walk that I can take my dogs but they must stay on a leash.There is also a large variety of birdlife along the ponds and many young children like to feed the birds and fish.At one particular point along the walk there is some great street art created by John Voir which is found on pillars or columns that support the roadway.
I find these ponds very children friendly as there is so much for children to do; an adventure playground, basketball court, double tandem flying fox and a pirate ship under a huge shade cloth. There is also a swing (Liberty Swing) that can be used by children in wheelchairs; now isn’t that just so lovely.
The trees are beautiful along the way as well as lovely water views and views of the local city centre’s buildings.And when the sun goes down, the weather gets cooler and the scenery changes; looking differently to what it did during the day but equally as lovely I think. Time to go home – even the local men fishing decide to make it a day albeit without any catches!