Been having a stunning spell of weather lately but a storm is brewing and set to hit us for the weekend so thought we’d get out in the fresh air and take a stroll up the 10 mile valley, just along from home.
Really pretty valley following the 10 mile creek. Steep mountains up each side covered in native bush and scrub. There is a 4WD track in pretty good condition leading to old coal mining areas. Many relics left behind with nature taking hold including coal bins, load out sheds and power poles.
The water in the creek is crystal clear and fairly low with no rain fall for the last three weeks. Almost looks inviting for a swim – almost!
We take the detour up the side of the valley and climb to another old coal mine. It has got quite overgrown since the last time we came up here and there have been a couple of large slips, dropping trees and blocking the trail. The boys enjoy the challenge of fighting their way across and there is a cattle stop to cross also – always a treat watching the boys stagger their way across.
The views back down the valley are spectacular and there is much new growth in the scrub and even some flowering shrubs – plenty of gorse about too and that is also flowering. Pretty for this time of year.
We all enjoy the outing – the dogs enjoy the chance to stretch their legs and there are plenty of birds singing as we make our way up and back down the valley. Always nice to have an afternoon outing up the 10 Mile Valley.
10 mile Valley in on the Punakaiki coastline, north of Greymouth. Jan and Stephen are often out exploring the area and happy to help with suggestions for things to see and do. See their website for further information.