Tuesday 5 November 2015
I misunderstood the route Dave intended to take for this walk; he mentioned an old road which I assumed was the old railway line. However, it was the old road that was once the Midlands highway running south out from Kempton. So we followed that for about 2k before going through a farm gate; well actually climbing over is a more accurate description. After crossing paddock, we climbed quite steeply through bush, stopping on a knoll for morning tea, before reaching the wide summit then down a much gentler slope with spaced out trees, some quite large and old.
Before us was a short ascent to Kempton Sugarloaf where we lunched then a very steep grassed slope past a series of white pained tyres advertising the Kempton Festival.
As we walked the short distance back along a road we met the property owners who gave us a suggestion for another walk on their property to the west. The mention of cliffs, caves and losing ourselves in the gully spiked our interest and no doubt this walk to Johnsons Hill will get a guernsey before too long.
All up the Big Hill walk was an 8.6k circuit and it took a shade over 4 hours including lunch.
Big Hill from viewed Kempton Sugarloaf
Although it doesn't look it so much in the photo, this slope was very steep.