Sunday, 26 October 2014

FEEDBACK: Saturday 1 November, Constantia Neck, reservoirs, aqueduct & back via Smuts Track

21 trail enthusiasts started out at 06:30 at the Constantia Nek parking lot with a slight cold wind to get us started. All three groups set off from the Constantia Nek car park with a steady uphill on the single track. The Walking group went as far as the 'Bailiff cottage' before turning around and the Main and Recovery groups continued along the Smuts track. The Recovery group went up Ash Valley to Hely-Hutchinson reservoir before heading down the top of Skeleton's Gorge back to Smuts track.  

The Main followed Smuts track to the top of Nursery Ravine, where they turned left to the Hely-Hutchinson reservoir.  They crossed the reservoir wall and headed onto the track that leads to the aqueduct and then joined Smuts track and met up with the Recovery group.  From here the Main and Recovery groups followed Smuts track back to the 'Bailiffs cottage' and back down to the parking lot.

Main group route and elevation.

Main and Recovery groups at the top of Skeleton's Gorge.
In just under 3 hours, the Main group completed 12.5 km, the Recovery group 11 km and the walking group 7.5 km.

Recovery group at the top of Ash Valley.
Main group in front of the dam wall.
Main group outside the Water works museum.

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