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NEW HIKE

Into the Heart of Andalusia - Exploring Moorish Spain
· March 17 - 26, 2017
Exploring the hiking trails, architecture and culture of Moorish Spain. View Details


NEW HIKE

End-to End walk of the 110 kilometer Thames Valley Trail located near London Ontario
· April 29 - 30, 2017 (1/2 of 6)
· June 17 - 18, 2017 (3/4 of 6)
The Thames Valley Trail is a 110-kilometer hiking trail which follows the Thames and North Thames Rivers along most of the route. View Details


NEW HIKE

Walking along Georgian Bay,
the Peninsula Section

· June 24 - 25, 2017
Do join me for two days of walking along Georgian Bay. Come and explore our vast and varied Peninsula section. View Details


CHEER CHARLES ON!!

Bruce Peninsula Multi-Sport Race...at the Bruce Peninsula Multi-Sport Race event consisting of kayak, mountain bike and a run followed by a pasta dinner. Team name (solo) Wicked Whitlock. Come and cheer him on August 12, 2017!!

HIKE ONTARIO COURSES


Navigation Course. Map, Compass & GPS
Did You Know...


Santa Pur-SuitCharles participated in the 5th Annual Santa run on December 10, 2016 where 500+ participants all wear Santa outfits.
Oh what a hoot! Charles finished FIRST once again in his category, with a pace of 5:31 and an official timing of 27:37.


Lakeside Triathalon - 1st PlaceOn September 10th, 2016 Charles kept his promise :O) He managed to podium in 1st place (within his age group) at the Lakeside Triathlon. In his words, I guess that my old body is still functioning well.

Gozo 1/2 Marathon
On Sunday, April 24, 2016,
Gozo 1/2 marathon done. It was one tough runGozo 1/2 Marathon with outrageous hill climbs.
Gozo is the sister island to Malta deep in the Mediterranean.
I'm happy that it is over. Thanks all for sending me best wishes!
Run time was 2:08:58:170.

This was the 2nd time Charles ran in this marathon!

On Saturday Dec. 12, 2015, Charles completed the 4th Annual Santa Pursuit run in Waterloo AND FIRST place in the old guy category, finishing five KM's at 26.45.
Santa Pur-Suit
It is such a fun run especially when you have over 700 (local runners) Santa’s all looking the same. It looks like we are all cloned.
This race supports the YMCAs of Waterloo Region and raised over $5000 for the Strong Kids Campaign!



Gozo 1/2 Marathon
Gozo 1/2 MarathonOn Sunday, April 26, 2015,
Charles ran his first ever Gozo 1/2 Marathon!
Gozo is the sister island to Malta deep in the Mediterranean.
It was one tough hilly run.

Run time was 1.59.
My target achieved!



27 KM Cross Country Skiing - Gatineau QCMy training paid off for the 27 Km cross-country ski event in Gatineau, Quebec on Feb. 14. All completed in 3 hours and 5 mins. Temperature at start was minus 18. Happy with my time.



On Saturday, December 13, 2014 Charles completed the Santa Pursuit (92nd Place Overall)
Santa Pur-Suit
About 720 Santas ran in Waterloo. Oh what a hoot!! This race supports the YMCAs of Waterloo Region


On Sunday, November 2, 2014, Charles completed a 1/2 marathon (hamiltonmarathon.ca) in 1.58 hours - the same time as my run in Malta's half marathon. At least my timing is consistent.

February 23, 2014

Malta Marathon

January 24, 2014

Charles retires from the Region of Waterloo - leaving more time for treking!

Welcome to walkaway treks!

Walkaway Treks is the name to describe the hiking adventures of Charles Whitlock.

Charles is a passionate hiker who leads his own private hikes. He freelances as a professional hike leader and tour manager for travel agencies and individuals or groups seeking customized trips. He also volunteers as a hike leader for the Grand Valley Trails Association and the Bruce Trail Conservancy. Charles' adventures also include snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.



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Into the Heart of Andalusia | Exploring Moorish Spain
March 17 - 28, 2017

This tour is wait list only

Into the Heart of Andalusia | Exploring Moorish Spain - with Charles Whitlock

Charles Whitlock of Walkaway Treks explores the hiking trails, the architecture and culture of fascinating Moorish Spain and the famous Rock of Gibraltar.

Our fully-escorted tour includes:
  • Charles Whitlock tour manager / Walkaway Treks
  • Private motor coach services as per programme.
  • English speaking tour escort throughout
  • 10 Night's accommodation
  • 9 Dinners at the hotels with limited drinks included
  • 6 Packed lunches with limited drinks included
  • Entrance fees to the Alhambra Palace in Granada, the Mosque-Cathedral and Medina Azahara in Cordoba and to the Cathedral in Seville

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Upcoming Planned Hikes with Charles Whitlock


End-to End Walk of the 110 kilometer Thames Valley Trail
Located near London Ontario - SIX Hike Dates

The Thames Valley Trail is a 110-kilometer hiking trail which follows the Thames and North Thames Rivers along most of the route. It links the Elgin Trail at the Elgin/Middlesex County line in the south with the Avon Trail in St. Mary’s in the north.

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 1 of 6
  • Thames Valley Trail- Southdel Road to Sharon Creek.
    Thames Valley Trail Map #1
    Distance 19 kms/ Pace 4 K/hr.
    Relatively flat terrain with rural road walking.
    GPS: 42.885600, -81.40155
Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 2 of 6
  • Sharon Creek to Komoka Provincial Park, Gideon Drive entrance.
    Thames Valley Trail Map # 2
    Distance 16.5 kms Pace-4 Kms/hr.
    GPS: Approximately 42.95307, -81.38415

Saturday, June 17th, 2017 - 3 of 6
  • Oxford Street West to Greenway Park.
    Thames Valley Trail Map #3
    Distance 20.5 kms. Pace 4 kms/hr.
    GPS: In the area of, 42.973796, -81.272559
Sunday, June 18th, 2017 - 4 of 6
  • Thames Valley Trail End-to-End Hike #4
    Greenway to Fanshawe
    Thames Valley Trail Maps 3 and 4.
    Distance 19 kms. Pace 4kms/hr
    GPS: 43.018790, -81.183321

End-to End walk of the 110 kilometer Thames Valley Trail - with Charles Whitlock

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Upcoming Planned Hikes with Charles Whitlock


Hike Ontario Navigation Course. Map, Compass & GPS

  • Sunday, May 7, 2017 - Oakville
Navigation Course. Map, Compass & GPS Course

The course, held near Orangeville, is designed for individuals wishing to apply basic land navigation skills by using a map, compass or GPS. Two Hike Ontario instructors will provide the course content.

The Hike Ontario Navigation Course will use a variety of topographic maps. The theory portions will be held indoors. For the most part, the course will be held outdoors. Participants need to bring a base plate orienteering compass, paper, pen, ruler, weather appropriate clothing and footwear, lunch, water, and a GPS if available.

The instructors will be using a Garmin GPS units. Props, handouts and a GPS PowerPoint presentation will be used. The deadline for the Hike Ontario Navigation Course registration will be seven days prior to the start of the course.

Participants must be 16 years of age or older.Navigation Course. Map, Compass & GPS Course

Regular price $85.

Navigation Course Registration:
Map & Compass & GPS


If you require more information, please contact:
Charles Whitlock 519-742-7435 or


Upcoming Planned Hikes with Charles Whitlock


Walking along Georgian Bay | Peninsula Section

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Car hike Level 3. Peninsula Club, Lions Head Region (Map 39) 18.6 kms Pace: 4km/hr. Terrain: Challenging. Car Shuttle.

No drop outs. Sturdy hiking shoes. Bring swimsuit (optional)
  • Depart: 9.00 AM. Map 39 at km 104.6 (GPS: 45.108700, -81.311953)
  • Leader: Charles Whitlock 519-742-7435, or email,

Do join me for two days of walking along Georgian Bay. Come and explore our vast and varied Peninsula section. We will have an opportunity to swim and relax on the shores of Georgian Bay. This is a rugged and remote trail with rough terrain. Sturdy walking footwear is required. Do bring lots of water and bug dope. Bring swimsuit (optional). Poison Ivy may be present. Car shuttle in effect to start of hike. We will start our walk from Richardson Side Road (45.02046, -81.28379) and travel north.

Directions: From Ferndale head north on Hwy 6 to Lindsay Road 5. Turn right. Pass Cherry Hill Road to stop sign. Turn left on East Street. Drive towards Cape Chin North Road turning right to destination. Look for a bald headed hike leader!

Bruce Trail Waiver sheets will be used. We welcome all hike-leaders in training associated with Hike Ontario.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Car hike. Level 3. Peninsula Club, Dyer’s Bay. Maps 39/40. 18 kms. Pace 4/km/hr. Terrain: Challenging. Car Shuttle.

No drop outs. Sturdy hiking shoes. Bring swimsuit (optional)
  • Depart: 9.00 AM. Map 39 (ed28.0) at km 104.6 (GPS 45.108700, -81.311953)
  • Leader: Charles Whitlock 519-742-7435, or email,

This portion of Georgian Bay is one of my favourites. Why? I spend most of my summer time walking these trails that offer great vistas. Join me as we visit the tiny but popular hamlet of Dyer’s Bay, the Michiganders Arc, Cottrill Lake Side Trail, Lille Potholes and a swim at Devil’s Monument. This is a rugged and remote trail with rough terrain. Sturdy walking boots are required. Bring swimsuit (optional).

Walking along Georgian Bay | Peninsula Section - with Charles Whitlock

Bring lots of water and bug dope. Poison Ivy will be present. Car shuttle in effect to start of hike to Lindsay Road 40 at GPS 45.19208, -81.34352 Bruce Trail Waiver sheets will be used. We welcome all hike-leaders in training associated with Hike Ontario.

Directions: (Same as June 24, 2016) From Ferndale head north on Hwy 6 to Lindsay Road 5. Turn right. Pass Cherry Hill Road to stop sign. Turn left on East Street. Drive towards Cape Chin North Road turning right to destination. Look for a bald headed hike leader!

Bruce Trail Waiver sheets will be used. We welcome all hike-leaders in training associated with Hike Ontario.

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Upcoming Planned Hikes with Charles Whitlock


Malta and Gozo - Walking the Maltese Archipelago: October 5 - 16, 2017

..including: Marsascala, Mellieha Bay to Xemxija, Valetta, Dingle Cliffs to Mnajdra/Hagar Qim Temples, Golden Bay to Cirkewwa, Mdina, Xewkija to Xlendi and Gharb (Chapel of Madonna Taz-Zejt) to Marsalforn Bay.

Malta and Gozo - Walking the Maltese Archipelago: September 2017 - with Charles Whitlock Do not be disappointed - this tour has sold-out quickly two years in a row... we suggest that you get your registration in early to guarantee your spot!

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Malta and Gozo - Walking the Maltese Archipelago: September 2017 - with Charles Whitlock

As Charles says relaxing after this April 2016 hike...
A morning view from my hotel room. Still in Malta.

May have to cancel all my future engagements back home. This Island is to beautiful to leave.


Upcoming Planned Hikes with Charles Whitlock


F.A.Q.'s

  • How long are the walking treks?
    Trip length varies from single day walks to multi-day hut-to-hut hikes or lodge-based tours.
  • How hard are the treks?
    Trips vary from easy walking to challenging mountain walks.
  • What is Charles's hiking style?
    His first priority is the safety of each participant. Emphasis is on camaraderie and excitement on the trail.