Ever do a walk that you’ve done a million times and suddenly it seems more beautiful than you remember – you notice things you haven’t noticed before. That is what our morning walk up the 10 mile delivered for us.
We’ve walked up this valley, biked up this valley and even run up this valley (I know – me running, scary thought!). Sometimes though we forget to look around – or in this case forget to look up.
The morning started slightly overcast but very mild. We didn’t want to travel too far so just headed up the road to the 10 mile valley – we live at 9 mile so an easy drive. We have to drive as it is on the main state highway, coastal drive, nice and narrow roads and we have the dogs with us – of course. Can’t go anywhere without our boys!
This is an easy walk, follow an old 4WD access road to an historic coal mining area up the valley. The road follows the 10 mile creek – hence aptly named 10 mile valley (we are very inventive in NZ with our place names!).
The road meanders along a cliff face – gorgeous sand stone and there is an abundance of native bush. Our summer and start to autumn has been incredibly dry so the creek bed is easy to access in places. Stephen spots some great photo opportunities and now that he has his pack horse sussed out for his camera gear aka his loving wife……. he can get up close and personal for some photography.
Down to the creek bed – the boys don’t mind, they get to chase some sticks and stones while waiting on Dad. Good excuse for the drink too.
This is an easy outing for us all – flat valley walk but time is of the essence and we need to head for home ready for tonight’s guests.
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. Together with Nico and Ziggy their faithful companions, they love to get out and explore the West Coast and enjoy sharing these adventures with anyone that will listen.