Into the Heart of Andalusia - Exploring Moorish Spain
· March 17 - 26, 2017
Exploring the hiking trails, architecture and culture of Moorish Spain. View Details
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
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!!
Did You Know...
Charles 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.
On 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.
On Sunday, April 24, 2016,
Gozo 1/2 marathon done. It was one tough run 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.
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.
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!
My target achieved!
On Saturday, December 13, 2014 Charles completed the Santa Pursuit (92nd Place Overall)
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
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.
Into the Heart of Andalusia | Exploring Moorish Spain
March 17 - 28, 2017
This tour is wait list only
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
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.
Hike Ontario Navigation Course. Map, Compass & GPS
- Sunday, May 7, 2017 - Oakville
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.
Regular price $85.
Navigation Course Registration:
Map & Compass & GPS
If you require more information, please contact:
Charles Whitlock 519-742-7435 or
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.
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.
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.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!
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.
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.