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Richmond Hills from Easby Park– Saturday 14 September 2019

Our Sunday walk was changed to Saturday to accommodate the bad weather prediction. However, a pleasant day was had following a circuit of some of the many tracks on a deviously long 10.6km route with the fire lookout as the high point. We also managed to cover considerably more than the height gain needed to get to the top – a 933m ascent for a maximum elevation of 544m.

There is a clear and very expansive view of Tasman Bay from the top. We reached the fire lookout too early for lunch so continued on downward out of the wind and stopped at a picnic table. Part way through, the black clouds that we had been watching dropped their load on us. Our route included an off-track bush section with some giant native trees and also the path past the Barrington Gum – a 70-80m tree that towers over its surrounding trees. Some parts of the route can be very slippery in places but with care there were no incidents.

We are fortunate to have such an area so close to home. We had a group of ten on our five hour walk: Rob, Maria, Robyn, Sue, Julie, Jo, Chris, Christine, Nicky (visitor) and Joy (scribe).