Twelve trusting walkers headed to Great Valley to walk up a “mystery” farmland ridge. On arrival at “Glenlock”, the destination was both visible and explained. It turned out to be Centre Hill (558m) via an “almost” circuit route. Centre Hill was crowned by a 90m wind measurement tower, controlled by Meridian as research for a potential future wind farm along this ridge.
We set off along Motunau Beach in superb weather with the promise of a super-hot day. The sea was blue and calm, the sky crystal clear, and the tide favourable. A 1 hour beach walk on sand and boulders past the magnificent clay cliffs, brought us to the concretions. Some 1 m diameter. Some half buried in the sand. Some still poised on the cliffside awaiting nature’s erosion forces to bring them tumbling down. The most challenging part of the day was negotiating our way up a steep sided gully to the cliff top (this was the “mystery segment”). Slow and steady was the mantra. It was too hot to do it any other way.
We started off discussing that the nicer way around this walk is from the View Hill carpark. Once there we battled the cold winds to start walking and it became a lovely day out. We took the Kiromako track and went across to the Link track to get us back on the Wharfdale track. Since we got back earlier than expected we strolled up part of the Wharfdale track, returning the same way back to the cars. And of course, stopping off at Jo Seagar’s Cafe, for coffee and cake to finish off the good day out. Many thanks to Pat, Fay, Vesna and Rose. I had a lovely time out with you all.
Well I don’t think anyone except Bill & Wendy had much idea where Mt Guy was until this trip. As the trip the weekend before didn’t go ahead and the weekend before that was an ‘Easy’ there were in total 10 keen members (including three trampers new to the club) ready to stretch their legs. Midweek the forecast was dismal for the day but as the day approached the forecast miraculously improved and Sunday was excellent tramping weather.
Mt Guy is on the north side of Lake Clearwater. We parked at the start of a 4WD track near the Village, walked around the lake and pretty much straight up Mt Guy a climb of 650m. The poled track started easy then got steeper and the rocks and shingle looser, until a couple of hundred meters from the top when it flattened.
We lived up to the social, tramping and explorer aspects of this trip admirably. Only one of the pre-planned options came off as true (the beach walk). Even the winter aspect didn’t quite live up to winter - with glorious weather for both days.
12 of us met at the Greta / Scargill turn off after a leisurely departure from Chch and stocking up with supplies at the Amberley Farmers market. From there we headed in convoy to Foxdown Rd off the Waikari/ Scargill inland road to begin our trek up Mt Alexander (748m). The route being a steady (but not steep) incline up farm tracks which had been clearly mapped out for us by the land owner.