After an exceptionally bleak winter’s day the day before, we were delighted to find ourselves walking in mild sunshine. The Pipeline track began to climb, past fenced off old gold diggings, (which we couldn’t resist peering down into) and then detoured from the original route, now closed off, via a new section of track. Enjoying the tall timber, the bubbling of Silver Creek and the chance to enjoy the outdoors, nevertheless we were forced to detour around muddy and wet sections of the track. A lucky sighting of a small flock of loud yellow-tailed black cockatoos put a smile on bird lover’s faces.
We reached the perimeter of Lake Kerferd, which provides the water supply for Beechworth, and after a photo shoot or two walked across the spillway to the picnic area and car park beside the lake. A few optimistic fishermen were trying their luck, so we retreated to the nearby trees and several handy logs to enjoy a welcome lunch. The large Lake looked particularly lovely, sparkling in sunshine.
Returning via a different loop, back at Lake Sambell we unpacked, freshened up and tucked into afternoon tea, provided as usual by the Club’s Domestic Goddesses. I can confidently say all walkers enjoyed the day out in an interesting and scenic area.
*Total walk length: 11+ kms. (*somebody had an App on their phone)