Join Us for Our Next Upcoming Walk:
- WHEN: Sunday, March 26th, 2023
- TIME: Walk will start at 9:30 a.m.
- WHERE: Spotsylvania, VA
- MEETING PLACE: Chancellorsville Visitor Center, 9001 Plank Rd., Spotsylvania, VA 22553. Meet in the parking lot.
- DETAILS: We’ll be walking a historic trail on the Chancellorsville Battlefield and within the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. We will see earthworks, the ruins of the Chancellor House, the site of the Bullock House, and where General “Stonewall” Jackson was accidently wounded by “friendly fire.” Read more about it here: https://www.nps.gov/frsp/planyourvisit/chancellorsvillebattlefield.htm
- DISTANCE: About 5K
- SPECIAL NOTE: This is a hiking trail mostly through woods with a lot of exposed tree roots, so good hiking shoes are recommended, plus hiking poles if you have them. Bring water and wear appropriate clothes.
- IF INTERESTED: After the walk, join us for good food and conversation. Meet us at Harry’s Alehouse, located in the Harrison Crossing shopping center, 5737 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, for lunch. All are welcome!
- Walk will be cancelled if there’s rainy/snowy weather. Check this page or our Facebook page for updates. An email will go out to club members.
Other Upcoming Walks:
- WHEN: Saturday, April 8th, 2023
- WHERE: Richmond, VA
- MEETING PLACE: We’ll meet at the start point for the walk: the Ginter Park Branch of the Richmond Public Library, 1200 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, VA 23227
- TIME: We’ll start walking at 10:00 a.m.
- DISTANCE: 5K (although they also have a 10K walk, if interested)
- DETAILS: We will be participating in a traditional volksmarch sponsored by the Lee Leepus Volkssport Club, called the “Bryan Park Welcome to Spring” walk in Richmond.
- MORE INFO: The Bryan Park walks loop through the park and Ginter Park neighborhoods. On spring days flowers will be blooming and many activities take place. You will enjoy beautiful landscapes and homes. Bryan Park was a memorial to Joseph Bryan, the founder and publisher of the Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper. It is endowed with a wide variety of landscape features: two large ponds (one with a waterfall); three streams, rolling hills, grassy open spaces and large trees. Ginter Park is a suburban neighborhood of Richmond. Click here for more information: https://my.ava.org/event-view.php?sn=124023
Later in April … “Spring Into History”
- WHEN: Sunday, April 23rd, 2023
- WHERE: Fredericksburg, VA
- TIME: The start table is open 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., finish by 4.
- START TABLE & REGISTRATION LOCATION: Look for table inside the Italian Station, 620 Caroline St., Fredericksburg, VA, 22401
- DISTANCES: 7K or 12K
- DETAILS: Our club is sponsoring a Traditional Volksmarch* in Fredericksburg called, “Spring Into History.”
- INFO: This walk takes you through beautiful Alum Spring Park, then into the historic downtown area. Fredericksburg is known as America’s Most Historic City, and you will pass many historic homes and buildings. Also, it is Garden Week in Virginia, and there should be many beautiful spring flowers blooming. In addition to many Special Programs for this event, the walk also qualifies for the Virginia – Find the Love program. For more information, click Here: https://my.ava.org/event-view.php?sn=124158
- MORE DETAILS: Restrooms at start/finish and along the route. Not suitable for wheelchairs; strollers: medium. Pets on a leash allowed.
If you’d like to be on our mailing list, contact our club president, Sharon Vines at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fredericksburg Walking Club (FWC) is part of the Virginia Volkssport Association (VVA). Learn more about other Virginia walking events and clubs at: https://www.walkvirginia.org/
*The FWC and the VVA are members of the American Volkssport Association (AVA). Volksmarching is a form of non-competitive fitness walking that developed in Europe. Participants typically walk 5k (3.1 miles) or 10k (6.2 miles) on an outdoor trail. Volksmarch clubs offer incentives for AVA members for their AVA sanctioned walks. Volkssport participants enjoy recording distances and events in international record books. Incentive awards, like pins and patches, are given for collecting a certain number of events. If you would like to become an FWC or AVA member, contact us by the email, or come to one of our walks and ask us about it. You do not have to be an AVA member to walk with us, although we encourage it. The FWC schedules non-AVA walks along with AVA walks. For more information about the AVA: https://ava.org
More 2023 Walks:
From our March 12th Ashland walk:
Sixteen walkers travelled to Ashland, VA to participate in one of our Year-Round-Event walks – a very nice turnout! Ashland is referred to as “the center of the universe” by locals, because it is located right in the middle of Hanover County. A very historic town, dating back to the 1840s, developed by the railroad as a mineral springs resort. We started at the visitor’s center/railroad station and walked a 5K around neighborhoods with beautiful houses, and through the Randolph-Macon college campus. A few walkers continued on to do the 10K. Afterwards, had a great lunch at the Iron Horse restaurant with good food and conversation!
From our February 18th Warrenton walk:
Twenty-one walkers enjoyed a 6K walk in beautiful, historic Warrenton, VA – one of our Year-Round-Event walks. Club member and vice-president, Don Shockey, provided everyone with much interesting historical information along the way. Warrenton is named after Gen. James Warren, a Revolutionary War hero, and is a well-preserved town reflecting its historical role as an agricultural crossroads. Also along the walk is the post-Civil War home of Col., Mosby, the Gray Ghost. Afterwards, we had a great lunch at Molly’s Irish Pub.
From our Jan. 29th England Run walk:
We had a great turnout of twenty people on this neighborhood walk. We met at Vinny’s Pizzaria off of Route 17 and Plantation Dr. in south Stafford and walked more than 3.5 miles on a trail and some sidewalks around the England Run neighborhood and surrounding areas. Afterwards many of us had lunch at Vinny’s and enjoyed good conversation and getting to know each other more – so happy to have new walkers join us!
From our Jan. 14th Culpepper walk:
Despite the cold weather, we had a great turnout with 14 of us starting in historic downtown Culpepper at the Visitor’s Center/Museum and then walking to and around Yowell Meadow Park. We passed numerous historical markers and memorials as shown in the photos. Afterwards we warmed up with lunch at the Frost Cafe. Very enjoyable!
We hope you enjoyed the 2022 holiday season. Our annual downtown Historic Fredericksburg Holiday Walk held on December 17th was a great success with 54 walkers participating! Thanks to all who helped make it happen.
From our November 19th, 2022 walk:
Ten of us had a great time walking 3.5 miles on the Fredericksburg Canal Path/Rappahannock River Heritage Trail loop, with a side jaunt to the Cossey Botanical Park. It was chilly, but the sun was bright and warmed us up. Happy to welcome three new club and AVA members!
From our October 29th, 2022 walk:
We had a great 3 1/2 mile walk beginning and ending in beautiful Alum Spring Park in Fredericksburg. After leaving the park, we headed towards downtown Fredericksburg until we reached historic Sunken Road, where the Battle of Fredericksburg took place. We continued onto the nicely paved Virginia Central Railway Trail (VCR) that goes back to Alum Spring Park. Another beautiful fall morning, and we were happy to welcome more new members!
To see more of our Club walks from 2022, click the button below:
We sponsor the following Seasonal and Year-Round Events (YREs) below that can be done any time the Start Point is open.
NEW SEASONAL WALK! Chancellorsville, VA – First Day at Chancellorsville Battlefield – more information – Visitor Center open daily 9am to 5pm, except Thanksgiving, Dec. 24/25, and Jan 1.
Ashland, VA – Center of the Universe – more information – Visitor Center open daily, 10am to 4pm.
Culpeper, VA – Historic Streetscapes – more information – Visitor Center is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10am-6pm.
Fredericksburg, VA – Historic – more information – Visitor Center open daily, 10am to 4pm.
Fredericksburg, VA – River Ramblers – more information – Visitor Center open daily, 10am to 4pm.
Warrenton, VA – Brick Sidewalks – more information – Tuesday-Friday 10-2, Saturday 8:30-4:30.