Woodcone Hill through to Mount Magnificent is a mostly
road and “good trail” trek. We cut this trek a little short due to my lack of fitness and the fact that the last 3 kms is a walk almost straight up Mount Magnificent.
We did about 12kms through to Stonesford rd to the top of the hill.
Another (almost) perfect day again. Forecast of 17 degrees with some morning showers. Wind up to 20kms SSW. We had a small shower just after we arrived but did not see any other rain. The wind was non existent, and we had intermittent sun and cloud. It was not too long before we were warm enough for me to ditch my jacket and for Grant to take off his gloves. Yes I think he is a bit soft wearing gloves.
It was lovely seeing plenty of green in the fields. Even the the cows who would normally be interested in us, just kept munching away on the new green grass.
We came across some very interesting homes on the way. The “Eco” house Grant was very keen about, while I was quite partial to the large mansion in the middle of nowhere.
The going was pretty easy on this trek. Even when we were not on roads, the tracks and fields were clear and the ground was firm. Only a couple of tracks were soft and sandy. We spotted a mob of Kangaroos as well as a couple of rabbits.
Grant also saw a fox scurrying into the scrub. The only fox I saw was a very dead one on the side of Nangkita Rd. Some would say that is the only good type of fox!
Lots of native plants too. Not that I am familiar with most, but there were bottle brushes and what I think were some native pines (not sure about that), as well as the grass trees as usual. Found a “Paddy” melon just the right size and hardness to play cricket with. Shame we did’nt have a bat.
This section of the Heysen trail has boot cleaning stations every so often to keep a nasty bug out of the native vegetation areas. We did the diligent thing and cleaned our boots at each station. You also have to watch out for some of the wooden steps over the fences as they are not always in the best of repair.
Speaking of boots. Grants new Scapa Goretex lined hiking boots, were looking rather smick. All new and clean. Now, footwear is a very important issue for bush walking. Do you go for the hard wearing leather upper boot which lean towards a military style “jack” boot, or do you go for a bit more cushioning with a softer synthetic shoe type? Of course it will depend on whether you are “weekend warrior” and only walk occasionally and only in reasonable conditions, or maybe you are a bit more serious with designs on tackling maybe the base camp on Everest or Machu Pichu in Peru. Those are just in my dreams at the moment, but you just never know. One day, huh?
On the last part of our journey there is a property where a “deep tissue” masseuse lives. Kinda tempted after a long walk. I wonder if he/she gets much business from the Heysen walkers?
Woodcone Hill to Stonesford rd (top of the hill).
12kms (Plus another 4kms to Mount Magnificent).
Down hill all the way to Victor Harbor Rd. Only slight undulations until you hit Nangkita Rd. then uphill for a couple of kms.
The terrain consists of predominantly dirt roads, sandy tracks, and grassy fields. Very easy going all the way.
4 kms per hour, including our two short breaks, so more like 4.5kms per hour walking speed.