Trip Reports

Late December

 Seven keen trampers signed up for this years Xmas/New Year outing.After a dusty drive to Fowler Hut a steady pace was set to the summit of Fowler Pass, the well graded climb reflecting that this was originally a horse pack track. Lunch was taken once the shelter of Smyths Stream was reached despite a sunny sky as there was a cold breeze from the south.

There was evidence that rain fall had been good this year with the rivers running strongly and plenty of bogs and mud holes.

Read More: Stanleyvale Hut

12 January

Due to a ferocious weather forecast for inland Canterbury areas the planned trip to the Rangitata Gorge was abandoned (for now ) and Trip Leader Dennis decided to do a more local walk.

We headed to Kaituna Valley on a glorious morning. Not too windy yet but it soon built up ! A quick car shuttle ensured waiting transport at the end of the trip. We started off uphill towards the Packhorse Hut where we planned to stop for morning tea. It was quite a grunt up the steep stony path but soon the bushes and trees gave way to lovely views over open grassland.

Read More: Kaituna Valley round trip

23 June

 Ten happy hikers headed down a farm track opposite Castle Hill station which after a 30 minute walk we needed to cross Porter River after a brief stop to take boots off and put sand shoes on so we would have dry boots on the other side. We headed off down the river eventually getting to a small bluff we need to go up and over before slowly ascending the large Gully. After 20 minutes walk we stopped for morning tea.

Read More: Prebble Hill

 26 May

After half an hour of riding around in circles (literally !) our little party of 7 eventually found the trail out of The Groynes. We followed this to White's Crossing for the first leg of our trip.

Read More: Cycle Ride. Groynes to Spencerville

Private Tramp

 There are several long distance walks in Britain all of which go through lovely countryside. We chose to walk the Offa's Dyke Path, a 285 km trail that roughly follows the Wales - England border. Offa was king of Mercia in the eighth century. He seems to have been a powerful ruler and he built this massive defensive dyke to keep out and watch for the warring Welsh armies. It is now thought that he may have used some pre-existing defensive mounds and joined these together to create his lengthy construction.

Read More: Offa's Dyke Path