10 Mile Valley Walk, A History of Coal


10 mile valley walk into history

10 mile valley is a walk of contrasts in both history and beautiful scenery. On our latest walk it was also a contrast with the weather – started with sunshine then some drizzly rain was thrown in, cold wind, changed back to calm and finished with more sunshine – ah don’t you just love Spring.

walk up 10 mile valley coal valley

To describe 10 Mile Valley in one word would be Magic.  We love it up here – as you can probably tell since we’ve blogged about it a number of times.  Stephen was up here earlier in the week but biking and said we had to head up for a walk to check out the coal history as much of the area up the top had been cleared.

historic relics 10 mile valley walk

historic coal bins in the native bush 10 mile valley

With a love of our history it didn’t take too much (ok a little given the weather……) convincing to go and check it out.  Now you may be wondering why we (I mean I!) would need convincing – well our 10 mile valley walk is normally just that, a walk up the valley but we have the option of crossing the creek and heading up the hill – into the mountain, up the hill, up, did I mention up……..

enjoying views 10 mile valley walk

It was worth the climb – we were well rewarded.  As the weather had cleared, aside from the fantastic views in all directions you could also see all the old mine entrances.  This had all been well overgrown so it is so interesting to see now and try to figure out how on earth they managed to mine up here.

coal slides 10 mile valley walk

historic coal mine entrance 10 mile valley walk

We’ve seen a documentary of the mining up the 10 mile so to see these mines and the workings is so fascinating.

http://www.nzonscreen.com/title/coal-valley-1979

It would make an awesome tourist attraction – give a real insight into the earlier days of mining and the hardships that were endured on a daily basis to earn a wage.

atop 10 mile valley coal mine walk

I say hardship – more like a hardship for us if we had to do it today, everyday, they certainly didn’t seem to mind, the workers were fit and healthy and had good attitudes.

10 mile valley walk in the mountains

With names for the mines like “snow-line” and “alpine” – well it says it all really, you are totally up here among nature.

greens of history 10 mile valley walk

Breathe in, breathe out – soak it all in.  With our lungs filled with history and awesome scenery, time now to negotiate our way back down…….

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about and exploring the many things there are to see and do on the West Coast of the Southern Alps.

 

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About coastingnz

Jan and Stephen live on the Punakaiki coastline, north of Greymouth on the West Coast, NZ and run Breakers Boutique Accommodation. They both enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about things to see and do on the West Coast and would like to share their experiences with you.
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4 Responses to 10 Mile Valley Walk, A History of Coal

  1. So gorgeous, the mine entrance is a great environment it makes you want to explore

  2. Will and Eko says:

    Magical is a great word and your photos certainly convey that undertone.

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