14 October 2011

Do: Start Walkin'

Let’s face it, the footy season is over. Which means there are plenty of three hour long gaps to fill on Saturday afternoons. So I’m introducing a new season: Walking Season.

As my main mode of transport, I am a huge advocate for walking. Whilst the city of Adelaide is very flat, the surrounding suburbs, and their various inclines, more than make up for it. The next time some nice person tells you to “take a hike” why don’t you? Trail walking is free, fun and fills your lungs with fresh air.

The Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit walk is an Adelaide must do for physically able visitors and locals alike. While getting your fix of fresh air you can also conduct a free self assessment of your fitness. There are no short cuts here. Cause there’s only one way to the top.

I’d been to the summit before, but not by foot. To be honest I didn’t really believe the signs.. I mean, they’re always overly cautious, aren’t they?

I read ‘VERY STEEP’ and thought ‘slight incline’. I read ‘three hours return’ and thought ’yeah right’.

I thought wrong. But don’t let that put you off.

The track itself is about 8km return. The walk is tough, but ultimately rewarding. Once at the top, the views are pretty special. On the day we went it was overcast and foggy, but I imagine it would be truly spectacular on a clear day.

So now that the season has officially commenced, anyone got any tips on where I should walk to next?

3 comments:

  1. The Mt Lofty Summit is one of my favourite walks. Tough, but totally worth it, as is the Mt Lofty Summit restaurant/cafe (as you probably know). Thier cheesecake is such a great reward for all that hard work. :D

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  2. Thanks for the comment Lauren! I have been trying to find some other Adelaide trails worthy of posting about, but the walking and searching has left a bit to be desired so far!

    Mmmm cheesecake..

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  3. Anstey's Hill is also nice. It is in Tea Tree Gully and there is a hill, of course, an old copper or silver (I do not remember which metal) mine and some ruins of an old nursery. You can often see koalas and kangaroos there too:)

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