We are now firmly into the southern Mount Lofty ranges.
We started a little south of Mylor at Todd Road, walking predominantly on roads and good tracks heading into Mylor and then Bridgewater and beyond. Walking on the roads initially was pretty easy, however walking on roads is always risky. There are no footpaths on Todd and Glen Bolt roads and not much of a verge on the first part of Strathalbyn Road. It was just as well we started early this Sunday morning with limited traffic flow. Keeping eyes and ears peeled we managed to not get run over.
Looking good as far as the weather is concerned. A little cloudy, little or no wind and a top temperature forecast of 13 degrees with only a 1% chance of rain. Perfect conditions for walking. It was good to see the countryside where we finished our last walk, as it was a little dark when we finished.
This is definitely horse country. Many Studs through these hills along with the odd
dairy or sheep farm, as well as a goose farm? I have to say this is beautiful country side. A bit reminiscent of parts of Tassie, or maybe even in jolly old England. Rolling hills with either gardened estates and or grand houses.
We met a very confident and friendly horse at our first “comfort stop” at the corner of Diggings and Todd Roads. A magnificent Equine specimen just wandered up towards us posing briefly for the camera before approaching us for a pat and a chat.
Other than not quite getting run over on the first couple of roads, the walking was much easier than our usual sometimes rocky, sometimes muddy, and sometimes slippery tracks. Even along most of Strathalbyn Road we had a bush track running adjacent the road giving us a a better country ambience.
We trekked into the quaint little town of Mylor, stopping briefly for a snack. We always bring our food along, however I would suggest though this is a great spot for a cuppa and morning tea from one of the two shops in the main street. A couple of ladies were having a hot breakfast outside the coffee shop. Hmm, bacon and eggs.
Not far from here is the Warrawong sanctuary, which is definitely worth a visit,
although not for us this time as we were on a mission today. They have an incredible array of bird life including some birds of prey, as well as many other native animals. Some locals may remember who created this sanctuary, the one and only “cat hat” wearing Dr John Wamsley! At one stage he ran a campaign to eradicate cats from Australia, trying to popularise the use of cat furs as hats. Just a classic. I wonder why it never took off? I did think though a little later on our walk that we had run into John himself, complete with cat hat, but no, it was just a local with his 21 year old Blue Persian out for a his daily walk.
The tracks through the bush were pretty good with only the occasional muddy patch, and the views both of the countryside and some of the hills residences, houses and gardens were all quite stunning. Even the chooks had a fancy house!
We stopped for lunch at Bridgewater, where there is a very nice park adjacent the creek and the Old Bridgewater Mill. Great old building with the water wheel still working. I wonder if they have it connected up to a generator? With the increase in electricity prices here in S.,A. (18% this time) they could probably do with a
bit of help.
The football oval we passed by looked more like a pig pen than a sports field. Mal said he had played in worse in his day, with one such oval having the local creek sometimes flowing though the forward pocket!
We wandered through some beautiful country side from here on in, taking in some lovely bush settings, some English style gardens, as well as seeing the scars from the Ash Wednesday fires, still visible after all these years.
We finished up walking through part of the Mount Lofty golf course. Locating a couple of golf balls for some wayward golfers. I think they had a different type of handicap!!!
I have to say that this walk seemed pretty easy, but I think it was just that there was so much variety of things to look at, and perhaps the company on the journey kept us distracted with conversations. Such as the debate over hunting and eating the now wild deer which roam the Adelaide hills. Is it just natural, or a moral sin to eat the flesh of another living thing? Anyway, it was a very enjoyable walk.
Todd Road (south of Mylor) to Old Carey Gully Road
Distance : 14 kms
Speed : 4 kms per hour
Terrain : Roads and good walking tracks. A few hills but nothing too taxing for reasonable fitness.
Best Part : The horse properties, the large homes and country style estates, the old Blue Persian, the conservation parks and the Old Mill. As I said earlier, lots to see on this walk.
The rest of the walk: