The West Coast has an abundance of coal and gold mining history and many of the walks are old coal or gold mining areas.
8 mile Valley just up from home is one such place. A place of discovery, mystic and heaps of hidden history.
It is a great showcase of nature reclaiming her land with many of the relics being engulfed by the ever-growing native bush.
It’s an easy walk up the valley following an old 4WD track, slowly getting overgrown also but the dogs enjoy the open spaces for a good leg stretch and there are plenty of smells to keep them guessing.
Some fabulous views from the quarry that is up the valley now. Guess it will always be some sort of industrial area but great that we can wander up here too and get amongst our history and the beautiful nature.
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They enjoy getting out and about exploring this beautiful region they get to call home West Coast of the Southern Alps.