An Overnighter to the Kahurangi Lighthouse and Keepers Cottage
We used the excuse of snow in the mounatins, to make a weekend trip out to the Kahurangi lighthouse and keepers house. This beautiful West coast walk was a delight! The long drive in to the Anatori River, via the causeways of the Whanganui inlet near Farewell Spit was incredible in itself. The main event - the hike to Kahurangi Point and the lighthouse crosses beautiful farmland to the Turimawiwi river. From there you...
Today's distance walked - approx 32 kms (20 miles).
Ascent - approx 1300m (4265 ft)
I was up and out by 6.30am this morning. It was a beautiful warm, sunny day, without the cold wind of the past few days. The first leg was down to the beach on St Ives Bay for a couple of Kms on the sand around to Hayle. The tide was out, so I was hoping to be walking on hard sand, but it was pretty soft. The benefit of this was that it was a really good workout for the glutes!
The trail hit the Hayle...
Today's distance walked - approx 31 kms (19 miles).
Ascent - approx 171m (561 ft).
I woke early after a fantastic sleep in my lovely bed at The Old Vicarage b&b. After a superb breakfast I packed up and got ready to leave. To my horror, there was water dripping out the bottom of my pack. I quickly pulled everything out and found water in the bottom of my pack but absolutely no sign whatsoever of a leak in my Camelbak bladder. I sloshed it around, turned it upside down, shook it,...
Today's distance walked - approx 33kms (20.5miles).
Ascent - approx 380m (1246ft)
I felt decidedly shabby this morning. I was sleeping on a slope and woke up at what seemed like 30 minute intervals, wondering if there was a human outside my tent. On one occasion I was woken by something that sounded like a possum, but there are no possums in the UK so I'm none the wiser.
I made a coffee and ate a croissant for breakfast and got under way at 6.50am. I battled through then up the dunes and...
Today's distance walked - approx 22.4kms (13.9 miles).
Ascent - approx 1011m (3416ft).
I was woken by the cacophany of the dawn chorus at 5.25am. The main guilty parties were numerous plump wood pigeons (nothing like their scraggy, ratty urban counterparts) and several blackbird and crow families. I was pleased to see that the tent wasn't at all wet with dew. I had my little custard donuts and a sachet of Nescafé + milk which was surprisingly ok.
I left the campsite at 7.40am. As usual,...