Walking the Ridge To The Beacon

The other day Melanie said she had walked along the Fish Hoek ridge to the beacon and back. I had never heard of it. She explained where it was and on Saturday Julian and I tried it out.

Mike dropped us off at the traditional start of Elsie’s Peak. You set off on the path to Elsie’s. The view is already fantastic…

From the Elsie peak pathContinue on the path  and you will soon reach a couple of signs. One points you to Elsie’s while the other says this:

Via the Ridge to the BeaconFollow that path. And that’s all you do. It takes you up the ridge away from Elsie’s Peak. The path is well marked and very easy. Sometimes it takes you through shady spots…

Path ducks under treesAnd when you come out and look back….there’s Simon’s Town…

View of Simons TownWinding your way along the top, you get views of both Fish Hoek and Glencairn. Eventually, after coming down these steps…(quite weird to find steps in the middle of nowhere)

Steps along the way

And up again after them, you will arrive at the Beacon…

At the Beacon on the RidgeThe view is majestic….this is looking out to Fish Hoek…

Fish Hoek from the beaconAnd this is our beautiful big village/little town…looking over the ‘burbs…

Our beautiful village

At this point, you can turn back and retrace your steps. Julian and I had been dropped by Mike so we planned on continuing. If you do, you actually start on the trail back for a very short distance and look for a path going right. Taking that you curve around the beacon hill and start downwards towards Noordhoek. You literally from there are walking along the entire ridge that runs from Elsie’s Peak to the reservoir above Harrington Road. The sun made photos a bit tricky…

Walking towards Noordhoek sideBut you get the drift…the sandy strip in the middle is where they have been pounding the land for building right behind our house. It looks like it’s almost ready.

Chapman's peak from the hillsideYou soon arrive at the reservoir…where we had picked up a fellow walker…

Reservoir with a dog that arrived

From the reservoir, it’s an easy walk down the road, then down Harrington and we were just about home.

Distance about 6.5km. It took us 2 hours. A lovely walk! I’ll definitely do it again. No snakes were spotted!

I love this Bible verse. Psalm 102:18

“Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord.”

I don’t know the future of technology. Perhaps these words won’t be able to be viewed in 100 years time. But perhaps they will. Let me write for a future generation that a people not yet created may praise the Lord.

There’s a thought!

These are the days!

Keep the smile going.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

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