In this house Sunday is a time for family and like it or not, we will be having a family day.
I do get very annoyed when children’s activities are booked in for a Sunday as that interrupts forced family fun. Alfie has been invited to a birthday party next Sunday and it’s on the other side of Sydney and it’s in the middle of the day and as the party only goes for two hours, there won’t be time for me to drive home so I’ll have to hang around. That means our forced family fun will be totally interrupted. He probably won’t be going.
So on Sundays I’m usually looking for something we can all enjoy doing together and it’s a bonus if that activity is also free.
It doesn’t cost anything to walk.
Sydney’s coastline is very scenic, extremely beautiful and best seen while on foot. Local governments have been good at encouraging seeing the coastline on foot by providing lots of well-maintained pathways that are visible and well-signposted.
Last Sunday I thought it would be a good idea if we did the walk from the Spit Bridge to Manly. This is a 10km walk that is said to take three hours and that as in parts it is steep, a moderate level of fitness is required.
My plan was that we would set out early to avoid the heat of the day but there were stragglers amongst us who wanted a leisurely breakfast and then didn’t want to rush out the door and then wanted to make sure their sunscreen, keys, hat, sunglasses and water bottle were thrown into someone else’s backpack (mine) to be carried on the back of that someone else during the walk.
Finally I was all loaded up with everyone else’s belongings and we set off for the Spit Bridge. It was now the middle of the day and quite hot and very windy and as I had 10 arriving for an early dinner that night and had done not a thing in preparation, I was stressed. I thought the 3-hour walk needed to be condensed and so we drove straight over the Spit Bridge and parked our car at Balgowlah where we started the walk.
This is a great walk to do. Who knew there were so many little and pretty beaches along the way that are so ‘off the beaten track’ that you could pack up a picnic and enjoy a day at one of these beaches with no one else around.
The walk is mostly along concrete paths and there are some sets of stairs involved but it’s not a taxing walk and I would be very surprised if the walk from start to finish did actually take three hours. We thought we did half the walk and it only took us around an hour.
Perhaps our hasty pace was driven by the fact that upon reaching our destination we knew there are a lot of good places to sit and enjoy a drink and something to eat. We went to The Wharf Bar (aptly named as it is a bar on a wharf) where we sat outside and enjoyed the view of Manly Harbour while sipping on a well-earned hydrator.
For those who embark on the walk early, there’s plenty of time to also walk back but for those who get off to a late start and have 10 arriving for an early dinner, another option is a taxi. We went home by taxi.
Verdict: A walk I will be doing again – earlier.