Thursday, 4 August 2016

Waterworks/Ridgeway Circuit

Thursday 4th August 2016

Waterworks Lower Reservoir
I wanted to do an easy walk today and made up a circuit in the Waterworks and Ridgeway Reserves.
I parked outside of the gate for the Waterworks and set off past the reservoirs and on to The Pipeline Track to Gentle Annie Falls, which was of course, dry as usual.

Mount Wellington

Waterworks Reservoir

Receiving House No. 1

Track to Gentle Annie Falls

Gentle Annie Falls
From Gentle Annie Falls I continued walking along the Pipeline Track to Fern Tree  and then back east and up to the top of Chimney Pot Hill. There is a large communications tower here as well as a small stone hut.

Sluice House on Pipeline Track

Chimney Pot Hill

Chimney Pot Hill
From the hill I walked down a somewhat overgrown old track, across Chimney Pot Hill Road and towards Ridgeway Reservoir.

Overgrown track down from Chimney Pot Hill
Once I reached the dam wall I climbed down right next to the wall and arrived at the base of the wall. It was reasonably steep but okay.

Track down to base of wall

At the base

Track down

Dam Wall
From here I walked south east and then west along the fire trails and then north east towards the Pipeline Track. As I was heading on to the track to Sixpence Cave, I saw a cyclist out of the corner of my eye and momentarily lost concentration and slipped on some sloping mossy ground and consequently ended up on my posterior. I don't know who got more of a shock, me or the cyclist, but he was quite concerned. Luckily I was quite okay..just a bit embarrassed. I carried on to Sixpence Cave where there was a woman and three small children. She was attempting to light a small campfire but not very successfully. I took a couple of photos and left them to it.

Heading down to Pipeline Track

Sixpence Cave

Sixpence Cave
After leaving the cave I walked past the two large concrete reservoirs and down to the car.
This was a really good and easy walk with a variety of scenery.
Distance: 14 kms.
Time: 4'05"
Ascent: 730 metres
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