Walking around Howrah Point to Little Howrah Beach on Stage 4 of my walk along the Derwent River

This is not a walk I would recommend to others.

After leaving the main Clarence Foreshore Trail and for a while, I seemed to be walking on private property in someone’s garden; however there were clear markings that others had walked this way before. I realised people would not own all the land they mowed and that the Foreshore here would be public land.

Six minutes into this walk, the only way forward was to clamber down onto the rocks and, like a happy goat, wander up and down and up and down to continue.  Initially I rocked and rolled on large moving pebbles (ankle twisters) and from then on I was more observant about where each footstep was placed than looking at the scenery.

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Another five minutes later I was surprised to look up at a house with a flag pole on which flew the Tasmanian State flag. It is not often this flag is seen except on Government House and near our State Parliament building.

Continuing along, I enjoyed the colour of endless rocks with their bright lichens in every shade of yellow through to burnt orange. In places, the lichens almost ‘inflamed’ the rocks. Fabulous!

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Fences and gateways often barred entry to the homes perched above the rocks. A woman mowing her lawn waved to me.  Only idiots or friends would walk where I did.  To be fair, a lot of the rock walking was easy and a pleasant experience. However, since it took around 50 minutes for me to walk around Howrah Point to Little Howrah Beach, you can imagine that towards the end of the time and when I could see the main Howrah Beach in the distance, I did not want to retrace my steps. The difficulties were yet to come. If I had stayed on the main Clarence Foreshore Trail, perhaps I needed only to have walked for 15 minutes to reach the first beach for the day.

Within metres of reaching Little Howrah Beach, the Derwent River’s water reached the inaccessible bank. The few rocks above the water level were smooth and slippery with green water plants. Overhanging the bank were spiky branches from dead bushes.  Need I say more? This was not a safe place to walk. But I did continue and quite soon I sloshed up at the open ground adjacent to Little Howrah Beach.

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