We Walk Up a Hill and Come Back Down Again – Flagstaff

Ross at the top of FlagstaffYesterday we had one of those moments. Where we’d gone out for a nice walk along the banks of the Silverstream near Mosgiel and on the way back one of us spied a hill and suggested that we should go for a walk up that as well. I called her bluff and agreed and then she called my bluff and soon we were getting a bit more clothing and some food and driving off towards Flagstaff. Flagstaff is a hill of 600 m. or so, overlooking Dunedin with great views south and west and east. We can see it from our motorhome any time it is not up in the clouds.

There is a car park well up the hill which saves on a lot of the climbing. Soon enough we were there and off walking; before anyone could back down.

Wyn at the start of the walk up Flagstaff

Wyn at the start of the walk up Flagstaff

Not a lot later (about 25 minutes) we were at the high point enjoying the view and crackers and cheese on a nice bench seat overlooking the city. This was one time we remembered the binoculars so we played spot-the-landmark around the city.

View north-east from Flagstaff

From Flagstaff, looking across Pine Hill and North-East Valley towards Harbour Cone and Sandymount

Opoho and Signal Hill from Flagstaff

Opoho and Signal Hill from Flagstaff with the Peninsula across Otago Harbour (mostly hidden)

The weather was looking and feeling like rain was coming so we reluctantly packed up and headed back the way we had come.

Ross posing at the top of Flagstaff

Ross posing at the top of Flagstaff and airing his legs …

View south from Flagstaff down the Taieri Plains

View south from Flagstaff across Mosgiel anddown the Taieri Plains to Lake Waipori in the centre and Lake Waihola further on to the left

Heading down from Flagstaff

Heading down Flagstaff, Saddle Hill on the right and Green Island visible in the Pacific Ocean

Descending Flagstaff

Descending Flagstaff towards Mosgiel and the Taieri Plain. Maungatua looms in the distance. Somewhere down there is Suzi motorhome.

Saddle Hill and Mosgiel from Flagstaff

Saddle Hill and Mosgiel from Flagstaff, looking south

Descending to the car park from Flagstaff

Descending to the car park from Flagstaff with the rain closing in from the west

The rain held off until after we were back at the car and on our way home. It turned out to be a good way to make the most of the day. It is a wonderful viewpoint, for not a lot of effort.

 

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2 Responses to We Walk Up a Hill and Come Back Down Again – Flagstaff

  1. gay dornbusch says:

    Great pics as usual. Thanks for sharing them

  2. Denise Richards says:

    For reals…where’s the posts for December? I’m hooked on your instalments.

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