Up the Ridge at Home

I’ve wandered over a fair bit of this block, but had only had a short time up on top of the ridge. Yesterday I decided to take my time and check out as much as possible up there. The owner of the block had a dozer cut a track right to the peak of the ridge, at the back of the property. The boundaries run from down at the bottom here, and converge up either side of the ridge to a narrow spot at the top. Here:

The top end of our property is the narrow one in this map. The back boundary  at the top of the ridge is just under 50 metres long.

The top end of our property is the narrow one in this map. The back boundary at the top of the ridge is just under 50 metres long. The property is quite long, and wide at the front. Copyright Google Maps.

Satellite view of the area covered by the map. Copyright Google Maps.

Satellite view of the area covered by the map. Copyright Google Maps.

There are some potentially brilliant views out to Weary Bay that take in the entire length of the beach. From Rattlesnake Point at the top end, and almost all the way down to the mouth of the Bloomfield River in the South.
If circumstances permitted, and I had the money to entice the owner, I’d buy this block and build something cosy up there. Water would have to be pumped up through Two or Three holding tanks, but it would be well worth the effort.

The track up the hill starts easy, with an avenue running off to the left to the Eastern paddocks.

The Avenue

The Avenue

I should also mention that proper safe walking shoes are a must. But hey, it’s my backyard 🙂

Your first priority is safe hiking shoes or boots, and long pants, and spats.

Your first priority is safe hiking shoes or boots, and long pants, and spats.

A little further up the hill it gets a bit steep. Nothing serious

Looking back to the house from just above the avenue.

Looking back to the house from just above the avenue.

The view across to the other ridge is nice
Ridge01

Further up the hill is our water supply (25m vertical down to the house). The rise from the pump would be 30 metres maybe, over 200 metres. Just guessing, because I haven’t measured it.

Water_tank

and the area that was cleared for (what I now know) a horse training pen.

Ridge02_first_clearing

The views here are obscured by regrowth, but glimpses show how cool this spot would be for a cabin.

Beyond the regrowth.

Beyond the regrowth.

 But then, as you proceed further along, it gets a little overgrown. The narrow track has almost been reclaimed by the forest, but is still a pretty easy walk to the top of the hill.
Ridge04_vines

Ridge05_the_edge

Ridge06_tree_fall_the_edge

Ridge07_vine_thorns

Now here would be a stunning spot for a single bedroom, self-contained cabin. A big bed that takes advantage of the views. A bath-house that does the same, and a kitchen with all the necessities.

The hidden view at the top of the ridge

The hidden view at the top of the ridge

Rattlesnake Point

Rattlesnake Point

Further down the bay

Further down the bay

Towards Plantation

Towards Plantation

Further South, near the mouth of the Bloomfield River

Further South, near the mouth of the Bloomfield River

In my next post, I’ll show you some stuff I found on the way up the hill. Kinda like nature creating mesas in miniature.

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