Up Hill and Down Dale – Towards Mount Grand

Townsleys Road DunedinLast week we went for a walk from where we are staying in Burnside, down Kaikorai Valley in Dunedin. Wyn remembers bike rides towards Dunedin down Townsleys Road, and we could see that from where we are staying. So it seemed a good place for a walk last Friday before the expected snow and cold.

Rides around the Whare Flat and Flagstaff area often took the long way back via Brockville and Mt Grand and down Townsleys Road to Kaikorai Valley. It is a big descent which involved a lot of zooming and hanging on as well as a couple of corners you needed to be ready for. Walking up Townsleys Road provided a lot of up, right from the outset.

Mt Grand Road Dunedin

Pond beside Mt Grand Road Dunedin

 

Mt Grand Road Dunedin

Pond on Mt Grand Road Dunedin

Mt Grand Road Dunedin

Pond on Mt Grand Road Dunedin

Photo stops provided a bit of time for recovering our breathing. At Abbotts Hill Road we turned back, at the point where a public walking track leads off down to Abbottsford. There are some huge old trees here that suggest earlier occupation and perhaps habitation.

Old trees Abbotts Hill Road Dunedin

Old trees Abbotts Hill Road Dunedin

Old trees Abbotts Hill Road Dunedin

Old trees Abbotts Hill Road Dunedin

Old trees Abbotts Hill Road Dunedin

Old trees Abbotts Hill Road Dunedin

From there there was an extensive view across Burnside and Concord and Corstorphine towards the Pacific Ocean.

View from Mt Grand Road

View from Mt Grand Road. Dunedin’s Southern Reservoir in foreground, Burnside to left of that, and Concord and Corstorphine beyond.

Very new lambs Mt Grand Road

Very new lambs Mt Grand Road – the day before the snow arrived.

Down Mt Grand Road Dunedin

Down Mt Grand Road Dunedin, towards Kaikorai Valley Road. There is a right-angle bend to the right at the far end of the descent that you always had to be ready for.

 

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One Response to Up Hill and Down Dale – Towards Mount Grand

  1. Shona says:

    So good to see you are getting out and about. We have only been by car.

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