Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Eco Trail Bush Walk

Eco Trail
The Eco Trail is a bush walk that leads all the way to Christian’s Cave.  Fletcher Christian, the man that led the mutiny on the Bounty, used to retreat to this cave.  The climb up to the cave is not for the faint hearted.  There are limited handholds and a slip of the foot would see you fall some distance. There is also a nasty little plant called “Grab a Leg” growing on the rocky face and it has little spines that hook into your shoes and clothing.

Even if you don’t have the nerve to climb all the way up to the cave, the bush walk itself is lovely. There are massive rocky outcrops that have interesting names such as “Banging Iron” and “Sailor’s Hide” which hint at a past history.  Banging Iron was a forge and also the site where one of mutineers called McCoy made an alcoholic beverage from the roots of a plant there. Sailor’s Hide was a hideout for two sailors that decided to jump ship and remain on Pitcairn.

Paul and Ruth under Sailor's Hide

The school boundary is the Eco Trail and so this beautiful walk is only 5 minutes from our house. The Trail  has seats and information boards and great views out to sea.  
Ruth and Zanna Lambie rest at "Banging Iron Rock"

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