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Scenic walk well worth it

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May 02, 2018

Getting in touch with nature: members of the Cobram Bush Walking Club in the Howqua River in Mansfield.

Piece of history: Ritchie’s Hut.

The Cobram Bushwalking Club has been out and about exploring the wilderness, this time trekking to the foothills of the Victorian Alps to enjoy a scenic stroll.

The group stayed overnight at Mansfield High Country Caravan Park on April 20, with a group of 12 bushwalkers setting off at 8am the next morning for an hour-long drive along a very windy dirt track to start their trek from the 8 Mile camping area.

The group’s fitness was put to the test with the walk amounting to a 15km return trip.

Club secretary Eleanor Langton said the landscape was breathtaking.

‘‘You can either take the high track or the low track and we decided to walk to Ritchie’s Hut via the high track,’’ she said.

‘‘The views were absolutely magnificent, especially looking down onto the Howqua River below and up into the surrounding hills. The track was quite narrow but the scenery it offered was spectacular.’’

The group was exposed to some fascinating wildlife such as a plethora of birds and one black snake which sent a few nerves through the group.

The group finally reached Ritchie’s Hut, bumping into other groups of walkers and some horse riders along the way.

After a well-earned rest, the group decided it was time to make a bolt for home and decided to take the low track for a challenge.

‘‘The low track meant we had to cross the Howqua River 12 times to get back to our starting point,’’ Mrs Langton said.

‘‘At first we were all a bit tentative as the river is full of rocks and stones which are very slippery, but by the time we had made the 12th crossing we were pretty much running across.

‘‘Everyone agreed it was a magnificent day of bushwalking and seeing a wonderful part of our great country made it all the more rewarding.’’

The group’s next walk is to Lake Nillahcootie on May 27.

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