Friday Forays March 2015

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Friday Foray #5 Hobart Rivulet;  27 March 2015, one of the Greater Hobart Trails.

Walk: from Cascade Gardens to the city, and back.

Food: Brunch at Ginger Brown.

Andrew, Steve, Valeri and Bruni set out on one of the wettest autumn days imaginable. Suitably attired, only Bruni seemed to scorn any need for copious layers of wet weather gear. After a false start wandering about in the bush above Cascade Brewery we soon worked out rivulets flow DOWN so we retraced our steps and walked past the Female Factory to join up with the rivulet. (after dragging Steve away from the beautiful gabion walls). We went on through the Hobart Rivulet Park and walked under the Fruehauf Cliffs, a popular spot for rock climbing and bouldering that apparently sports challenges named Anaphalaxis, Suck Ethics and Plastic Erection to name but 3 of 20 interesting courses on the cliff face.

The Hobart Rivulet Track Map

The Hobart Rivulet Track Map

All set to go.

All set to go.

Hobart Rivulet

Hobart Rivulet

Old houses along the way.

Old houses along the way.

Steve envies the gabion wall

Steve envies the gabion wall

Gabion walls

Gabion walls

Andrew ponders the Hobart Rivulet

Andrew ponders the Hobart Rivulet

Matron's house at the Female Factory

Matron’s house at the Female Factory

Fruehauf Cliffs

Fruehauf Cliffs

The history of the area is explained in three signs found along the way, Leather & London, Swans & Snuff, Logs & Lager.

Logs and Lager - a history of the Hobart Rivulet

Logs and Lager – a history of the Hobart Rivulet

Swans and Snuff - a history of the Hobart Rivulet

Swans and Snuff – a history of the Hobart Rivulet

Leather and London - a history of the Hobart Rivulet

Leather and London – a history of the Hobart Rivulet

The rivulet changes along the way, one minute tumbling over boulders, the next washing overhanging foliage or rushing under a walkway. We walked by many interesting back yards, walls, beautiful autumn foliage and met other folk out and about in the fresh air. Brunch at Ginger Brown was well earned and quite delicious, even Bruni got a treat from Top Dog next door!

It was a great walk that started in rain and finished in sunshine – refuelled along the way by the fare at Ginger Brown.

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Friday Foray #4 The Springs to Lenah Valley;  6 March 2015, one of the Greater Hobart Trails.

Walk: from The Springs to Lenah Valley.

Food: Picnic in Junction Cabin.

Sally, Rod, Brian, Steve, Roz and Valeri all set out from The Springs with Thyme and Bruni bounding around with excitement with us. What a wet miserable morning it started out as, but by the time we had prepared the car shuffle and actually started walking the rain had turned to mizzly mist and the sun had waved a watery hand in anticipation of better weather and so it turned out to be; quite warm by the time we arrived in Lenah Valley.

We walked along to Sphinx Rock and enjoyed the clearing view over Hobart, then looked back and up at the Organ Pipes. Next was Rock Cabin, then onto Lone Cabin before we stopped for lunch in Junction Cabin. Lunch of ham, greens, cheese, coffee, tea and chocolate – just the thing to spur us on to get back out and walk, urged on Bruny and Thyme who were rearing to get back out to explore the path. Slight detour down Farm Trail before taking the Lenah Valley track again to walk across the New Town Falls and down into the Lenah Valley. It is an easy walk with several different types of terrain – easy path, rocky bits, slight inclines, mossy walks – and it finishes on a little path over the New Town rivulet – just delightful. Roz and I walked on down to Lady Franklin Museum to catch a bus to the city so we enjoyed the sculptures along the way.

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