Magenta Block, Chiltern : October 14

A warm and overcast day saw 13 walkers set off on a 10km figure-of-eight walk in a rarely visited area of the Chiltern National Park.

Luckily, a refreshing breeze tempered what was to become our hottest day since last summer.

The walk commenced at Bartley’s Block, site of the old homestead and brewery, and after little rain this winter/spring, the ‘block’ area was green, but spring fed stream and dams were almost dry.

We were not treated to all the bird calls, or spring wildflowers, anticipated; however a few hardy wildflowers and birds appeared, as we walked along the ridge track with views of the valley beyond.

After completing the Tuan Circuit, suggested by the Friends of Chiltern NP, the Howlong Road was crossed, and a loop along Stringybark Track saw the group enjoying lunch, and some exploring at Magenta Mine.

The second loop was then completed, and an early afternoon tea was enjoyed back at the “block’ in the shade of the Ironbarks.

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Saturday, 27th October

Buckland Gap to Stanley Pub

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This is a medium walk of approx 9kms through Stanley Forest, along the edge of the Murmungee escarpment, from Buckland Gap Road, at Beechworth, along well graded gravel roads, with short sections of steep ascent.

Stopping for views from Murmungee Lookout, and morning tea at Clarkes Corner picnic area.

Visit Landcare’s project Spring Ditch, and enjoy lunch at the Stanley Pub.

An alternative option of a longer walk, taking in sections of the forest less commonly visited will be provided, taking the walk to 9.3km one way.

Option of a return walk if you’re up for it!

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