Wednesday 9 February 2022: Wednesday Walk E-M – Angle Crossing to Tharwa – M/M. Starting from a locked gate north of Angle Crossing we head northward along the Gigerline Nature Reserve. Our route is covered in light to medium scrub and is quite undulating. We will have lunch at the Tharwa Sandwash picnic area. From the Sandwash onward the walk is almost all on track. The exception is the Gudgenby River, our last water crossing of the day, and the only one guaranteed to get your boots wet. Wednesday sees the return of warm weather, so some may choose to turn this into a brief swim. After crossing the Gudgenby we very quickly come to the De Salis Cemetery, From the Cemetery it’s only a short walk on a very well-appointed path to the big smoke, Tharwa, and our cars.
Distance: 11.2km | Climb: 287m | Time: Starting 8.45am 4hrs 5mins moving time, plus 1hr 5mins of breaks | Grading: M/M; M(8).
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We met under the Tharwa Bridge and 3 cars drove to the designated start on Angle Crossing Road. The day began overcast and we soon had our first view down to the Murrumbidgee River. The high route was chosen as closer to the river is packed with blackberries.
A number of side gullies needed to be negotiated, some undulating and easy.
Others, like Reedy Creek, a little steeper and blackberried.
The first part of the walk was a little shrubby.
There were great views down to the Murrumbidgee River.
Familiar landmarks appeared as the route opened up closer to our destination. Castle Hill ahead.
Gigerline Hill with its trig across the river to the east.
And Mt Tennent to the west.
Lunch at the Tharwa Sand Wash.
The last challenge was to cross the Gudgenby River, followed by Spring Station Creek. The river was flowing quite strongly, but only above knee height (depending on the walker’s height!).
Up the weedy river bank we visited the De Salis Cemetery.
A pleasant stroll back along the Tharwa Explorer Track to the cars where our leader, Mark P, kindly returned some drivers to pick up their cars from Angle Crossing. A little off-track and Tharwa back street driving, as the southern approach to the bridge and the nearby parking area was being resurfaced.
Leader Mark P. 11 walkers.