Takamatua - Ellangowan

9 Sept 2017

Starting from Bells Road in Takamatua 2km before Akaroa we set off up the road a little way before taking a cross country spur up to the Summit Road via pt.640, nicely cooled by a NW breeze.

Bruce’s barbed wire protectors got plenty of use on the many fences we crossed. We had morning tea at the remains of a stone wall at about the 300m mark. Trees and scrub near point pt.640 had us bush-bashing for the best way through and soon we were in open country, walking parallel to the Summit Road. Taking the road itself, we walked about 600m above Le Bons Bay then up a spur on conservation land for lunch. The WAMS map shows a big area of conservation land between the spur that runs towards pt.545 and Ellangowan Stream. We walked parallel to the road to Trig B1H4 (739m) with its array of aerials but lacked time to go to the heart of the reserve. With time pressing, we returned along the tops enjoying great views from the bluffs. Down along the Summit Road turning off to return via The Old Le Bons Track a rugged 4WD track till it becomes a road.

A pleasant trip with great views, thanks Bruce.

We were: Bruce Cameron, Karen Garrick, Sue Britain, Mike Bourke, Jill Fenner, Stuart Payne and Kerry Moore (KM)