The Warburton Trail is just under 40kms and follows a former
rail line between Lilydale and Warburton.Of course I am not up to the whole 40kms in one day, but did want to increase
the distance I could push my ankle on a well maintained path.
So yesterday we decided to walk from Lilydale to Mount Evelyn
and back, which had we completed the whole distance would have been over 13km.As you can see I took a short cut at the end
which reduced the walk a little.
The walk to Mount
Evelyn was at a slight
uphill gradient the whole way.
Evelyn township was lovely
with a number of cafes to choose from.We had a delicious lunch at a café called Heart and Soul.
The walk back to Lilydale was slightly downhill all the
way.Normally I would find this
easier, but with my ankle injury downhill is more difficult.So towards the end it was hurting quite a
bit, which is why I opted for the shortcut along Maroondah Hwy. I am pleased to say that
after icing it last night, today it is a lot better.
Last week for Paul’s birthday we went away for the
week.Most of that time was spent in the
Blue Mountains. Although I had to be careful due to my ankle
injury, I was keen to do some hiking.
We got up early one morning and the views from the Gordon
Falls Lookout were impressive with the mist in the valley.
We then took the Prince Henry Cliff Walk.Below are some pictures of the trail.Given the uneven ground and steep gradients, I
was very pleased with how my ankle coped. I did have some trouble with balance on the
uneven stairs, some of which were very steep, and the rock hopping in
places.I was fine if there was a
railing, but when there wasn’t Paul let me lean on him.
What is very pleasing is that my balance has greatly
improved this week, which I think was result of last week’s work out.
The views from the lookouts were spectacular.This photo is from the Majestic Lookout.
If you look closely, in this photo you can see the Bridal Veil
View Lookout on the top right.We were
there earlier in the walk.
This is also from the same lookout looking down at the Bridal Veil Falls.If you look closely there is also a lookout at the top of the falls with
some ant sized people. We were also there earlier in the walk.
A bit further on was the Copelands Lookout.I was getting a bit tired and grumpy by this
stage, and didn’t really want to take the detour to this lookout.But Paul insisted, and the view was worth it.
We also passed a very interesting rock formation on the way
to Copelands Lookout.
On Paul’s birthday I took him to Scenic World where we went
on the Scenic Skyway.
Towards the bottom of this photo you can see where the
Scenic Railway ends.
The Scenic railway is at a 52 degree incline making it the
steepest passenger train in the world.It was originally built to take coal to the cliff top, but now has been
updated into a tourist attraction.
And finally a picture of the iconic Three Sisters at
Katoomba.Paul walked the giant stairway to
the bottom and then came back up again.I
chose not to accompany him as I don’t think my ankle would have handled that
very well at all.
Many years ago Paul rock climbed with friends up the
side of the Three Sisters, but it is not permitted now.