Going bush in Cannons Creek Valley

Kapi-Mana News | 10 November 2009, p.17

Going bush in Cannons Creek

Walk this way: Lovers of scenic bush walks should make their way to Cannons Creek Valley on November 21 [2009].

The Friends of Maara Roa and the Friends of Belmont Regional Park have joined forces for an event later this month.

Two guided walks have been planned for members of both groups and the public on November 21.

Friends of Belmont Regional Park spokesperson Valerie Smith says the western side of the park is diverse and rewarding, and the walks - which take up to three hours - will suit various fitness levels.

"The longer walk for those happy to stretch the legs, heads up through the Lakes Reserve to areas of great interest - Maara Roa, or the Long Garden where there is 40,000 native species planted by the Friends of Maara Roa and the 25 hectare forest remnant.

"Then it's on to the Takapu Track and its spectacular views", says Ms Smith.

For those not so fit or with families, the shorter, easier walk starts with the same route from the Lakes area, with plenty of time to view the Maara Roa restoration planting and the forest remnant, on well-formed tracks, but returns before the open Takapu Track.

"There is some hill climbing, but the pace will be slow to enjoy the scenery, plants and birdlife.

Both walks start at 9.30am from a meeting point in Cannons Creek Shopping Centre car park after a brief introductory talk over morning tea.

Because the weather can be changeable or windy, sturdy shoes or boots, a warm jacket, rain jacket and suitable headwear are needed, as is sunscreen.  To check for a cancellation because of the weather, ring Richard Langdale on 566 4181.

Ms Smith said a phone call or e-mail to richard.langdale@callplus.net.nz to book, would be appreciated before then "so that we know how many biscuits to make".  "If this is not possible, just turn up", she says.