Come on Nics – go buddy, up you go, come on Nics pull me along. Don’t often have the dogs on leads but this is a great walk to make the most of their strength and have them help drag us up the hill.
We’ve taken a hike up in behind Greymouth – known as the substation walk – although the substation is just the beginning………
With moody skies and no rain in sight we decided to go somewhere different. We use to bike up here quite a bit – incorporated with a ride we called town and around but we haven’t done it for ages – and I mean years when I say ages!
With the car safely parked we walk the first 100 metres to the locked gate of the actual Greymouth substation. The substation itself is all fenced off so no danger of anyone hurting themselves. The first 100 metres are a sealed road and a gentle incline – easing us into what lies ahead……
Through the next gate and we’re onto gravel road and it goes straight up very sharply. Stephen and I seem to be on the same wave length as Stephen comments that it would be hard biking up this at the moment – it is really heavy gravel and very loose, more so on the corners. Come on Nics – take advantage of me letting you walk in front and pull me up this darn hill – that’s my boy! tee hee
Our trail veers to the left and starts to get more overgrown, slowly turning our track into single track but getting quite muddy and the rocks going up are slippery. Easy does it boys, don’t pull us up too fast else we’ll be on the ground before we know it.
The top finally beckons and we are afforded great views down the Grey Valley. Not that good for photographs just here though as the vegetation is in the way.
Back down we go, slowly picking our way through the mud patches and the slippery rocks. Back at the gravel road and there is some single track off to the south. The mountain bikers go this way to make it a loop track. A bit more climbing and we come out into a grassy clearing and here there are uninterrupted views over the town, down the river and out to sea and also out to the south with the mountains – the mighty Southern Alps.
It is nice to just sit here and take it all in…… or am I just using that as an excuse to catch my breath………
Either way the views are great so what does it matter what the reason is eh!
Time to head back down and this is usually a telling sign of how steep the going was coming up. Great views all the way back to the car though so well worth it. A great afternoon out in the hills.
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They enjoy getting out and about on the West Coast and exploring the many wonders the coast has to offer. Rated #1 on Tripadvisor check out their other blog postings or activities page on their website should you be looking at visiting the West Coast of the Southern Alps.