Heysen (End to End 14) Walk 1

Section 1 – Cape Jervis to Cobbler Hill

Welcome to my Blog! Whether you’re an actual or a virtual walker 🙂 come and share in the unfolding experience of walking the entire length of the Heysen Trail.  “End-to-End Group 14” (E2E 14) commenced on May 5th, 2019 from Cape Jervis, South Australia.  After 1200km and 6 years we will reach Parachilna Gorge, in the Flinders Ranges.  In the first few years, we will walk one Sunday a month during the walk season. In the 6th and final year, the walk includes weekends and culminates in 2 x 1 week-long adventures. This brings us to the year 2025!

Around 75 walkers commenced the 14th End-to-End (E2E 14) trail today.  We began this first E2E Walk from the Cape Jervis trailhead. We trekked along sandy coastal tracks and up and down hillsides. On this perfect Autumn day, we enjoyed spectacular views over Backstairs  Passage to Kangaroo Island. Viewing the Island from end to end felt like a symbol of what lay ahead for our 6-year trek.

We hiked to Blowhole Beach and stopped for a well-earned lunch break.  With boots and socks off, the water lapping on the edge of the sand was a welcome relief for burning feet.

The final portion of this first walk is a 3K climb through the native bushland of Deep Creek Conservation Park to Cobbler Hill. As members of the Group arrived at the end in groups, pairs, trickles, champagne was on offer, courtesy of the Friends.  One walk down, 60 to go!

Partial excerpt from The Friends of the Heysen Trail.

 

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Photos: Mark Scicluna Member of End to End 14

 

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Blowhole beach for lunch

 

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This Monarch butterfly settles on a type of Milkweed plant, possibly laying eggs.

 

 

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