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Spring in your step
Get your boots on for Walk Over October. Picture: Rob Duncan/The West Australian

West Australians are being encouraged to park their cars and use their feet during Walk Over October.

Top walks around the world:
WA'S BEST WALKING TRACKS
BEATING A HARD PATH TO NEW NORCIA
CAPE TO CAPE
WALK FROM BONDI TO COOGEE
WALK WALES' COAST
STAR TREKS
CINQUE TERRE
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
MORE WAY OF THE PILGRIM IN SPAIN
ALPINE HIKE
GREATEST WALKING CITY IN THE WORLD

According to Department of Planning figures, Perth residents make more than 150 million short car trips of less than kilometre each year.

Every one of those 10 minute walks is a chance to make us healthier people - walking is shown to lower rates of cardiovascular disease while a lack of activity is now the fourth highest risk factor of mortality worldwide. And think of the money saved on fuel, too.

This month, 46,000 West Australians will take part in Walk Over October including Walk to School day on October 24 and the Department of Transport has an online walking guide book.

In Travel bring you the Vern Westbrook Walk near Badgingarra which has a newly opened extension with signs and a booklet thanks to the hard work of the whole community. And reader Andrea Hampson takes us to Esperance for a walk along the stunning south coast beaches.

See: walkoveroctober.com.au

Patrick Hollingworth's top treks


To inspire walkers, hikers and trekkers, mountaineer Patrick Hollingworth lists his five favourite WA walks.

The Stirling Ridge Walk (Stirling Range, 350km south-east of Perth)
I love the Stirling Ridge Walk because it offers a pretty authentic rugged mountain experience and it’s one of the few places in the State to do so. The route links up a series of peaks from Ellen Peak in the east to Bluff Knoll in the west and in-between passes over spectacular terrain with impressive views. It’s a tough walk and people need to be fit and experienced to undertake it but it rates as one of the best walks in Australia. I take guided groups along it and I’ll often do it as a final training hit-out just before leaving for the Himalayas. It even snows up there occasionally.

Mt Bruce (Hamersley Range, 30km east of Tom Price, in the Pilbara)
I only recently discovered this beautiful mountain while I was working in the Pilbara. It’s the second highest mountain in WA and it has a leisurely 4.5km path to the summit. It offers beautiful views over Karijini National Park to the north and Rio Tinto’s Marandoo iron ore mine to the south. My favourite time up there is during the evening, when the soft light really brings out the colours of the Pilbara (and when it’s not too hot).

The Avon Valley above Bells Rapids (Brigadoon, 25km north-east of Perth)
This is a walk that my family have been doing for decades, ever since we used to go up there to watch the annual Avon Descent whitewater boat race. On the north side of the Avon River above the bridge at Bells Rapids are some beautiful hills, which in winter are bright green with pasture and grass trees. This is the place I go to if I need an urgent nature fix.

Bold Park (Floreat, 7km west of Perth)
This is a hidden gem right in the middle of the western suburbs. It’s quiet and tranquil, and there’s nothing better than walking through there in the late winter afternoon to unwind after a stressful day at work. My mum and dad won’t be happy with me for revealing this one.

Floreat-Scarborough Dog Beach (City Beach, 8km west of Perth)
This has always been my favourite beach walk. It comprises a relatively undisturbed stretch of coastline between the Floreat Surf Club and Brighton beach (just south of Scarborough). It’s a dog beach and in recent years it has become more popular but on a hot summer’s day there’s no better place to take the dog for a stroll and a dip.