oh summer sun so lovely to see you and feel your warmth on my back as I walk.
We’re heading up Rewanui Incline in the hills behind Dunnolie. This is coal mining country and we’re following the old incline from the railway that serviced the coal mines up the valley.
It is so beautiful up here – gorgeous colours with orange and yellow meadow flowers in bloom, wonderful contrasts of green in the native bush and grass and then the deep blue skies above. Not to mention that great big yellow thing high in the sky.
We have vistas to die for, heading deep into the valley with the river gorge below. The incline takes us through two tunnels and offers great views up to Mt Davey.
It is nice to see some others out enjoying the sunshine. This little girl was having a blast with her Granddad – great way to get kids making the most of the outdoors.
Feeling hot, hot, hot, hot…… Our kids were feeling the heat so we did out best to find them a bit of water for a cooling off mid way up.
Back on the trail and it is so peaceful up here. Nice to be having a good leg stretch and I’d forgotten how much I love it up the valley. We come up here quite often on our mountain bikes – well I say we, that has been a while for me too. It has certainly got quite overgrown since my last visit – the summer growth is very noticeable.
Just before we reach the top Stephen says “oh I didn’t realise we would be walking the whole way up” – now he tells me!
The boys are just as happy to reach the turn-around point as we are and they are rewarded with a frolic in the creek to help cool them down.
This is also our lunch stop and the boys take a stay of execution from their creek frolicking on the off-chance there may be something in the lunch bag for them.
refueled, rehydrated and a little rested it is time to start the walk back down the incline.
It is every bit as beautiful on the way back down as the way up – I keep saying up and down, it isn’t a mountain climb, just the gentle gradient of the incline – remembering it used to be a railway line for a coal train so couldn’t be too steep. More noticeable that you are gentling climbing when you are on your bike that is for sure. For walking it is just a really nice leg stretch.
Some misty clouds roll in through the valley on our way back down which is actually really nice for walking. Back through the tunnels.
and finally back through the colourful wild flowers. Aaahhh feeling refreshed and ready to greet our new guests for the evening.
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. Together with their faithful friends Nico and Ziggy, they enjoy getting out and about and exploring the wonder that is the West Coast of the Southern Alps.