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Fun, Fitness, and Fellowship in Southeastern Pennsylvania since 1984

Member club of the American Volkssport Association

 

 

About

Thank you for your interest in our Club and Volkssporting in the United States. I hope that this website will provide information that will get you interested in this sport that is ideally suited for families, groups, or individuals to enjoy walking for Fun, Fitness, and Friendship.

 

The Liberty Bell Wanderers is a Walking Club in the Philadelphia area. We are one of approximately 250 clubs in the U.S. that supports over 1800 self-guided walks. These walks are called volksmarches, or literally people walks. All walks are at least 10K (6.2 miles) and most walks offer a shorter option of 5K (3.1 miles). All the walks are non-competitive. The goal is to provide an opportunity to get out and walk not only for Fun, Fitness and Friendship but also to walk in many new and exciting areas near home or across the U.S. or the world. You walk at your own pace and can stop to look at scenery, take pictures, visit museums or shops, have a picnic, or rest whenever you feel like it. Walks are held in cities, towns, and in parks to provide a variety of walking opportunities to satisfy all walkers.

 

 

Types of Sanctioned Walks

The first type of walk is called a Traditional Event (TE) . This is a special walk put on by a club frequently coinciding with a local festival or event. You can start at your convenience, usually any time between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., but must finish by 3 or 4 p.m. Our Club sponsors about four of these type of walks a year. Below is a list of currenly planned TEs as well a group walk and bike our Club will hold in conjuntion with the Atlantic Region Conference,

 

April 9, 2002 - Bristol, Pennsylvania. The Bristol Stomp

 

April 21-24 - 2022 Atlantic Region Conference, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania.

The Liberty Bell Wanderers will conduct a group walk and a group bike at Valley Forge. We will do the Historic Walk YRE starting from the Washington Memorial Chapel Cabin parking lot, 2000 Valley Forge Park Rd, King of Prussia PA. We will do the The Circuit of Greater Philadelphia Bike YRW starting from the far end of the lower parking lot at the Valley Forge Visitor Center, 1400 N Outer Line Dr, King of Prussia, Pa.

For both the walk and the bike, arrive at 1 pm for a 1:30 pm departure.

The AT Regional Conference (ATRC) is listed on the my.ava.org Fests (multi-day event) page. Click HERE for ATRC details including a list the conference events and a link to the latest Save-The-Date flier. (Soon a full brochure and pre-registration form will posted on the ATRC Fests details page.)

 

April 30, 2022 - Memorial Walk, Lorimer Park, Abington Twsp., Pennsylvania

 

TBA - Annual members picnic and walk

 

The second type of walk is called a Year Round Event (YRE). It is a self-directed walk that a person may do any time it is convenient for them, usually 365 days a year. This type of walk is popular with people that travel, as it allows them to do walks all over the country as they travel. Our Club sponsors more than 20 YRE's. Most of these walks begin in Pennsylvania. Note: A Seasonal Events (SE) is a YRE with a limited time period of availability.

 

The types of TE/YRE/SEs sanctioned for 2022 include walk, bike, and snowshoe events that are shown below in scrollable list. Displayed for each event are the start/end date, location (City, State), possibly an event name, often a short description, a View button, possible support for online registration via the my.ava.org Online Start Box (OSB), an event type icon, the sanctioned distances, the trail rating (1 is the easiest/flatest, A is the smoothest), other event restrictions/limitations (like no dogs), and possiblly the current event status. Click on the View button to see the details for a particular event. Note: OSB/PSB indicates support for online registration as well as a Physical Start Box (PSB) for on-site registration located at the event starting point indicated on the event details page.

 

 

 

Group Walks

On Thursdays and Saturdays, September through June, at ten a.m., our Club hosts group walks. These walks are generally YRE walks sponsored by LBW or one of our neighboring walking clubs. COVID-19 Guidelines are followed on all group walks. Social Distance must be maintained and face coverings worn.

 

Below is an up-to-date LBW Calendar of Events that includes the club's group walk schedule and other activities. To view this calendar on a separate page as well as how to use this calendar, interpret abbreviations, change the viewing format, and add these events to your personal Google calendar click on

 

 

Events, photos of walks, and relevant trail/walking news is posted on the club's Facebook page. While there you can always "Like Us" to be added to your news feed.

 

Additional Opportunities and Special Programs

Our Club typically organizes two 1- to 4-day bus trips annually where we travel to other states to complete a number of walks. Sightseeing and touring options are included.

 

There are clubs in every state, so there are plenty of opportunities to walk within a reasonable driving distance. Nearby walks in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland include Philadelphia, Valley Forge, Harrisburg, Gettysburg, Lancaster, Hershey, York, Lititz, Bethlehem, Collegeville, Radnor, New Hope, Doylestown, Morrisville, Princeton, Cape May, Long Branch, Baltimore, Havre de Grace, Annapolis, Rehoboth Beach, Dover, and New Castle, just to mention a few, that are possible to do as a day trip. This encourages people to get out and see some of the beautiful areas of the East Coast instead of just walking in their own neighborhood.

 

Atlantic Region Walk Schedule

Northeast Region Walk Schedule

 

Another way interest is stimulated for a walker is through a number of Special Programs. These programs are optional and involve buying a special book for the program. Some of the special programs are: All 50 States, All Capitals, Walk Cities A-Z (i.e. Bethlehem = B), Walk the 67 Pennsylvania Counties, and Walk across a State Border, to name a few.

 

Membership

Membership in the club is $10 per year for an individual or family. While membership is not required to participate in the walks, the fee helps us to sponsor and promote walks during the year and adds you to our email list and newsletter distribution. A application is included on our website. Print the form and mail to our membership secretary. While you may walk for free, most walkers walk for AVA Walk Credit (fee = $3 per walk) and record their Events and Distance in special logbooks. Additional information is also available on the AVA website www.AVA.org). If you purchase a "New Walker Kit" for $5. It includes your first events and distance walking books, coupons for three free walks, and a one-year Club membership. If desired, you can also order club-branded apparel online from Lands' End Business.

 

More information

Please review this material, read our latest newsletter and go to the AVA (American Volkssport Association) website at www.AVA.org to learn more about this exciting sport. Or download our Bylaws.

 

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