28 June 2009

Blackburn Contour

Date: 28 June 2009

Location: from East Fort on Chapman's Peak Drive, Hout Bay

Walkers: Dorothy, Helen, Tarryn, Paul, Summer

**** Route plotted here ****

As this was a one-way walk we met at the end spot, left a car there, and then headed to our starting point: East Fort near the beginning of Chapman's Peak Drive, Hout Bay.

Our path led up the slope, a steady climb through lovely green fynbos. It was super to see the proteas coming into flower. Metalasia and a lilac-coloured Erica were everywhere too.

Just beautiful!

From our shady hillside we looked across to Chapman's Peak (in the direction we were heading) and Hout Bay harbour (across the bay below). Both were bathed in bright sunshine.

We walked up into Blackburn Ravine. It was quite bushy in the ravine, and the stream was flowing strongly. After a week of rain waterfalls were flowing everywhere!

From Blackburn we continued straight along the contour, through Flat Rock Ravine, and on. It was wonderful walking on the open hillside.

And how nice it was to reach the sunshine finally!

The views continued to take our breath away.

Chapman's Peak Drive looked so far away below us.

Of course we stopped a couple of time for refreshments.

Eventually the path began to descend slowly, to Chapman's Nek and then down to Chapman's Peak Drive and our waiting car.

(Photos by Helen)

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