Splendid coastal views
Cable Bay Walkway – Sunday 15 July 2018
It was a cloudy day for four trampers who were keen for an outing, despite a forecast of some afternoon rain. We departed from the carpark at Glenduan and viewed the badly eroded shoreline, a result of the recent summer storms. From the road end we picked the inland loop and headed along a vehicle track, up a small valley beside pasture. We climbed steadily and eventually emerged on a ridgeline which re-joined the loop track. Here we were welcomed by an invigorating breeze and we continued ambling along to the lookout seats near the top end of the airstrip at 400m in altitude, the highpoint of the track. One person who couldn’t get their drink bladder working, investigated and solved the problem after finding the bladder was upside down, much to their relief. After the highpoint we entered pines then native bush, including some magnificent beech trees. A brief shower forced us to don raincoats but we carried on, emerged from the bush and reached Sentinel Hill with splendid coastal views down to Cable Bay and across the wide expanse of Tasman Bay.
We returned to Glenduan, then at the lower end of the airstrip we decided to go along the coastal loop, but this is harder on the knees, being a steeper gradient than the inland loop. With perfect timing we arrived back at the carpark just as the predicted rain started. The duration of our trip was 5¾ hours, which had completed a successful day. The party was Robert, Marian, Donell and Odette. Robert