Wednesday 27 July 2022: Lanyon Falls – Wednesday Walk M-H – a circuit in Rob Roy Nature Reserve.
From Garmin Connect – Distance: 8.17km | Climb: 506m | Time: 2hrs 48mins moving + 1hr 39mins of stops | Grading: M/M; M(9).
I was last at Lanyon Falls (then called Rob Roy falls) on 25 Jul 17.
A cracker of a Winter’s day today, clear blue skies and shorts weather. Layers came off as we climbed the slopes. Temperature 6-21°C. Both Wednesday Walks were in this area.
Our route first took us south through grasslands on the lower western flank of the Big Monks ridge.
We crossed a small creek, the one flowing down from Lanyon Falls, and regrouped at an old yards site.
Here our leader had chosen a nice open spur and we turned SE to begin the climb.
The spur rises then levels, a good spot for a water break. The next climb was ahead of us.
The view NE reminded me of a very important lesson.
I’d scratched around in the scrub on the south facing slope on the other side of the creek on 29 Jun 22 and here we were on a lovely open north facing slope.
Part way up the climb to morning tea, Lanyon Falls were revealed in the distance.
Morning tea was called just before the top of the knoll. Time to practice my PeakFinder.
We next headed a little south of east from the knoll, handrailing a fence line down.
Crossed a creek line and headed back up on animal pads.
Vegetation a bit denser as we sidled over the second side creek. Then it opened up again.
Arriving at the falls from above, we dropped our packs at a convenient lunch spot and scrambled down to enjoy the view from the top. My balance is not what it used to be.
Views back to our morning tea knoll …
… and another reminder of the general principle of open V scrubby slopes.
Once we’d climbed out to the 800m contour, it was all over bar the shouting. A pleasant exit via grasslands and a little bit of sog to the fire trail junction east of Big Monks.
I’ll use this route into the Falls when I do the Rob Roy NR as part of my 39 Nature Reserves. Thanks Peter.
Down the fire trail to the first saddle north of Big Monks, then steeply west down to the edge of suburban Banks.
Pretty pleased with myself that I managed this round, but I’m sure it was due to Peter’s measured pace. Thanks.
Here’s where we went.
11 walkers – Peter C leader.