WATAGANS NP – 27 August 2020
I did not have high expectations for this day walk, and when describing the walk to the proposed participants I didn’t want to oversell so probably made it sound awful, but they were undeterred, despite the 300m descent and ascent. But best of all, I had three people who hadn’t walked with me before, and I may even see them again despite the walk being a bit harder than expected.
Years ago, I came across a paragraph in the book Watagans Walking Trails, written by Barry Collier, possibly in the 1990s. Barry made note of “an historical logging track which descends through hairpin bends, caves, cuttings, ferny glens and rocky outcrops to the end of Becks Road”. It didn’t sound like a long walk, but it sounded interesting.
I drove out there one day to check out the starting point to see if the track was still there. It was indeed there, but it looked as though trail bike riders had over-used the track in recent years. In the 100m of it that I walked, there were a lot of ruts from trails bikes. Nevertheless, I determined to follow it down to Becks Road one day to see if anything remained of the ferny glens.
So, with a Thursday free, I put it on the BWOC calendar and Brad M and Trish M joined me along with Tom A, Jo N and Jan M (three people who hadn’t walked with me before) – a little disconcerting for me, I have been known to turn people of bushwalking (for life). I thought that it wouldn’t be particularly challenging so agreed that they could come along.
We started out from Heaton’s Lookout and walked up the fire trail, turning in at the first track only to discover that it was the wrong one so continued up the hill, eventually coming to the right vehicle track – and found the bullock track right where it was supposed to be. When last I was here, the track was quite muddy, it had dried out by now and wasn’t too bad.
We stopped at the cliff-line for lunch and Brad and Trish scouted around at the bottom of the cliff, sussing out the potential abseils.
From there it was a quick trip back to the cars, a short walk and probably never to be repeated, but I got to cross another trip off the Wish List. So, was this little walk blog worthy? Probably not other than that Brad & Trish found another abseil spot so it was worth it, and I’ve finally put a beginners walk on the calendar that didn’t scare people off!
Thank you everyone for joining me, and a big thanks to Jo, Jan and Tom, you handled everything that the track threw at you!