Sunday, 11 September 2016

Lakins Lair Circuit

Sunday 11th September 2016

Lakins Lair
I had difficulty finding a name for this walk but finally settled on the above as Lakins Lair was around about half way. The walk was in the lower eastern slopes of Mount Wellington.
I parked at the end of Pottery Road where there is a small car park just before the locked gate. There is room for about three cars. I walked around the gate and along the road for a short distance before heading up a track on the left. It was wide enough for an ATV to start with but soon became a walking track. It was easy walking uphill to the New Town Trail through open bush.

Track up to New Town Trail

Track up to New Town Trail

Once on the New Town Trail I walked up to the Main Fire Trail and then up hill to an old trail that went down to New Town Rivulet.

Hut on New Town Trail

Main Fire Trail

Track down to New Town Rivulet
I then followed the Lenah Valley Track to New Town Falls which was only just flowing and then diverted past some cliffs that were above me off the track and then walked up hill across the North South Track to the Lenah Valley Fire Trail.

New Town Falls

New Town Falls

New Town Falls

Cliff Line

Cliff Line

Cliff Line
From there it was a short walk up the fire trail to pick up an obscure track that headed up to Lakins Lair. I reached it in no time and settled down for a snack.

Cliff Line near Lakins Lair

Lakins Lair
After the break I climbed up above the Lair and along a faint pad to the Hunters Track and down to Junction Cabin. From the cabin I walked down the Old Farm Fire Trail, Breakneck Track, Wiggins Track, Breakneck again and to the Main Fire Trail.

Wiggins Slate Quarry

Around the Quarry

Breakneck Track after controlled burnoff
I then followed the New Town Trail past The Slides and Noahs Saddle and then onto some walking tracks in the hills above Pottery Road and finally down to Pottery Road and back up hill to the car.
A thoroughly enjoyable short walk close to Hobart.
Distance: 12.0 kms
Time: 3'58"
Ascent: 780 metres
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